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Modern Buddhist Monuments

Postby Indrajala » Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:15 pm

Foguangshan in Taiwan is building a massive Buddha statue and ziggurat-like structure to house a tooth relic of the Buddha.

Here's a video advertising the construction operation:



It really is an immense project. Here's a photo I took in 2010:

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Anyone else know of any large scale monuments being built?
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Re: Modern Buddhist Monuments

Postby sweetadeline » Tue Aug 23, 2011 2:08 pm

WOW.
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Re: Modern Buddhist Monuments

Postby Malcolm » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:04 pm

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http://www.maitreyaproject.org

"As the central feature of its activities, Maitreya Project is planning to build, in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India, a magnificent 500ft / 152m bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha, built to stand for 1000 years."
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Re: Modern Buddhist Monuments

Postby Epistemes » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:33 pm

Namdrol wrote:"built to stand for 1000 years."


What does that mean? Is there a chemical agent that will will gradually erode the statue so that the last erosion will be complete during the 1000th year? do the plans for the statue indicate that it should be demolished in a 1000 years? Or, is it a simple expression to indicate its abiding, durable composition?
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Re: Modern Buddhist Monuments

Postby Malcolm » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:37 pm

Epistemes wrote:
Namdrol wrote:"built to stand for 1000 years."


What does that mean? Is there a chemical agent that will will gradually erode the statue so that the last erosion will be complete during the 1000th year? do the plans for the statue indicate that it should be demolished in a 1000 years? Or, is it a simple expression to indicate its abiding, durable composition?



Was it really necessary to ask such a question?
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Re: Modern Buddhist Monuments

Postby Epistemes » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:40 pm

Namdrol wrote:
Epistemes wrote:
Namdrol wrote:"built to stand for 1000 years."


What does that mean? Is there a chemical agent that will will gradually erode the statue so that the last erosion will be complete during the 1000th year? do the plans for the statue indicate that it should be demolished in a 1000 years? Or, is it a simple expression to indicate its abiding, durable composition?



Was it really necessary to ask such a question?


Was it necessary to state that the monument is being built to stand for an actually indefinite period of time?
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Re: Modern Buddhist Monuments

Postby Malcolm » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:43 pm

Epistemes wrote:Was it necessary to state that the monument is being built to stand for an actually indefinite period of time?



Don't ask me, ask the person who wrote the copy in the website.
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Re: Modern Buddhist Monuments

Postby Jikan » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:54 pm

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Re: Modern Buddhist Monuments

Postby Chaz » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:45 pm




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Re: Modern Buddhist Monuments

Postby Chaz » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:48 pm

Epistemes wrote:Was it necessary to state that the monument is being built to stand for an actually indefinite period of time?



Like Namdrol said, maybe you should ask the people who are proposing to build this monumant, along with a somewhat smaller one outside Bodhgaya.

In fact, if you live in the right city, FPMT raises funds for this project by touring a collection of relics. If the tour comes to a place near you, go check out the relics and ask the attendants that question.
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Re: Modern Buddhist Monuments

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:46 am

Huseng wrote:Foguangshan in Taiwan is building a massive Buddha statue and ziggurat-like structure to house a tooth relic of the Buddha.

Here's a video advertising the construction operation:


It didn't work for me. It said "this video is private".
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Re: Modern Buddhist Monuments

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Beautiful.
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Re: Modern Buddhist Monuments

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:49 am

Namdrol wrote:Image

http://www.maitreyaproject.org

"As the central feature of its activities, Maitreya Project is planning to build, in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India, a magnificent 500ft / 152m bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha, built to stand for 1000 years."


What is the status of this project? I know they have been working on it for years. At the beginning it was slated for Bodh Gaya, but then had to move the project to Kushinagar.
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Re: Modern Buddhist Monuments

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:02 am

I like Buddhist monuments. I know they are expensive, but they inspire the faithful and can pique interest in those who have no knowledge of the Buddha-Dharma.

The 20 foot Buddha statue in my avatar is from: http://www.shambhalamountain.org/stupa

I have seen tourist buses come to visit simply to see the Great Stupa there.
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