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Some very big Buddhas

 

At the Buddha Eden Garden - of course in Portugal.

 

 

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they are so big that one of them had to lie down for a rest Louis... great composition.....petersmile
Louis: Thank you, peter. A Buddha in that pose is referred to as a Nirvana Buddha - the pose of Buddha just before he entered Nirvana.
i wonder if the standing statue at the back is also a Buddha? no doubt about the reclining one. even the brace of customary lions are present, Louis.
Louis: That is a statue of the Chinese Boddhisattva, Kuan Yin, that are important to the Buddhist cosmology, as they have forsaken the final step to Nirvana in order to help mankind reach enlightenment. So, yes, she is not a proper Buddha. If you take a closer look at her headgear, you will see a small Buddha figure sitting there. Thank you Ayush.
They're magnificent!
Louis: Indeed they are - I can't even imagine the cost of buying, transporting and erecting them over here in Portugal. But they do make cameras go clicking.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Dec 2017, 03:29
It is a rather strange Garden, Louis.
Louis: Strange yes, but worth a visit.
Man alive! These would definitely sink a ship, Louis!
Louis: Even some big ships, Ginnie.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 6 Dec 2017, 06:27
Why a Buddha Garden in Portugal, Louis?
Louis: When José Berardo read about the Taliban’s destruction of Afghanistan’s enormous stone Buddhas in Bamiyan in 2001, he bought a massive range of Buddhist statues, and created the 35 ha Buddha Eden Gardens at Quinta dos Loridos near Bombarral. Quinta = winery. The Gardens also houses some ethnographic art, collected by José. Needless to say, José is a very wealthy man.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 6 Dec 2017, 06:35
They are definitely whoppers Louis. In Portugal?
Louis: When José Berardo read about the Taliban’s destruction of Afghanistan’s enormous stone Buddhas in Bamiyan in 2001, he bought a massive range of Buddhist statues, and created the 35 ha Buddha Eden Gardens at Quinta dos Loridos near Bombarral. Quinta = winery. The Gardens also houses some ethnographic art, collected by José. Needless to say, José is a very wealthy man.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 6 Dec 2017, 06:53
I like the toes on the reclining one Louis.
Louis: I counted them - they are all there smile
Ils sont tous très différents et tous très beaux.
Louis: Merci beaucoup, Martine.
This looks wonderfully eccentric Louis
Louis: Eccentric, as practiced by a very rich man.
They are very impressive, Louis.
Louis: They are; thank you Frank
That vehicle on the right gives a good idea of just how large this is.
Louis: That is an alternative to walking the park - a truck converted to look like a locomotive, pulling a couple of wagons. It can be an indication, yes.
I think this is a wonderful park in a Christian country.
Louis: Quite extraordinary that someone would react in this way to the destruction of Buddha statues elsewhere. But then he has a high interest in arts of the ethnic kind. I visited another museum that he keeps - amazing stuff I saw there as well.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Dec 2017, 14:34
Man alive, I read your replies to others. It is mind blowing what this José did... and I think it attracts lots of tourists. I wonder if the 'real' Buddhists come her too, or that they think this is too much of of circus??
Love the picture though. Not many people or were you just lucky??
Louis: In part I was lucky - that train thing just pulled away, taking a lot of people with it. The other fact is that 35 ha is quite big and even if there would be 1,000 visitors or more, you won't continue to bump each other, like in the castles and churches.
Since there are very few Buddhists in Portugal, I believe seeing someone meditating in front of a statue or picture, will be very scarce. As far as I know, Buddhists focus on attaining inner peace, by following the original Buddha's teachings. The god-view of Buddha is rather limited.
I like the reclining Buddha...
Louis: He'll soon be off to Nirvana, although in reality he will still be here in the park. That is the thing with statues.
That's not a place I've every visited in Portugal, Louis, where is it?
Louis: It is in the Estremadura, not too far south of Óbidos and somewhat east of the town of Bombarral. The Buddha Eden Gardens show on a Google map, when you look in the area.

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