Top Ten Statues of Buddha

Top Ten Statues of Buddha

       Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama or Shakyamuni, was a sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. A native of the ancient Shakya republic in the Himalayan foothills, Gautama Buddha taught primarily in northeastern India. Buddha means “awakened one” or “the enlightened one,” and is used as a title for the first awakened being in an era. In most Buddhist traditions, Siddhartha Gautama is regarded as the Supreme Buddha of our age. Gautama taught a Middle Way between sensual indulgence and the severe asceticism found in the Sramana (renunciation) movement common in his region. He later taught throughout regions of eastern India such as Magadha and Kośala. The times of Gautama’s birth and death are uncertain, though most historians date his lifetime as circa 563 BC to 483 BC, though most agree that he lived between the 6th and 5th centuries BC. Various collections of teachings attributed to him were passed down by oral tradition, and first committed to writing about 400 years after his life.

  1. Starving Buddha, Taxila, Pakistan

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  2. Spring Temple Buddha (2002)

    The Spring Temple Buddha is a statue depicting Vairocana Buddha located in the Zhaocun township of Lushan County, Henan, China. It is placed within the Fodushan Scenic Area, close to National Freeway no. 311. At 128 m (420 ft), which includes a 20 m (66 ft) lotus throne, it is the tallest statue in the world.
    Links: Top Ten Chinese Attractionshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Temple_Buddha,
  3. Standing Buddha from Gandhara, Pakistan (1st Century AD)

    The Standing Buddha of the Tokyo National Museum is a remarkable example of Greco-Buddhist statuary. Comparable ones can be found in the Musee Guimet in France, and in various museum of the Indian subcontinent. The statue is dated by the museum to the 1st or 2nd century AD.
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  4. Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan (1993)

    The Ushiku Daibutsu, located in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, is one of the world’s tallest statues. Completed in 1993, it stands a total of 120 meters (394 feet) tall, including the 10m high base and 10m high lotus platform. An elevator takes visitors up to 85m off the ground, where an observation floor is located. It depicts Amitabha Buddha and is plated with bronze. It is also known as Ushiku Arcadia.
    Links: Top Ten Japanese Attractions, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ushiku_Daibutsu,
  5. Grand Buddha at Ling Shan, China (1996)

           Located at the south of the Longshan Mountain, near Mashan, town of Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China, the Grand Buddha is one of the largest Buddha statues in China and also in the world. At more than 88 meters high, the Grand Buddha at Ling Shan is a bronze Sakyamuni standing Buddha outdoor, weighing over 700 tons. It was completed in the end of 1996.
    Links: Top Ten Chinese Attractionshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Buddha_at_Ling_Shan,
  6. Tian Tan Buddha (1993)

           Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Buddha, completed in 1993 and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolizes the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.
    Links: Top Ten Hong Kong Attractionshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tian_Tan_Buddha,
  7. Leshan Giant Buddha (1713-1803)

           The Leshan Giant Buddha was built during the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD). It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest carved stone Buddha in the world and at the time of its construction was the tallest statue in the world.
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  8. Statue of Buddha in Kurunegala

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  9. The Great Buddha Statue in Longmen Grotto

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  10. Great Buddha in the Coiled Nāga

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  11. Golden Buddha

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  12. The White Buddha statue of Long Son Pagoda

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  13. Golden Maitreya Buddha of Beopjusa

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  14. Sarnath Buddha (4th Century AD)

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  16. Japanese Tea Garden Buddha, Golden Gate Park

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  17. Great Standing Maitreya Buddha

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  19. Gold Buddha

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  20. Great Buddha of Thailand (2008)

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  21. Laykyun Setkyar (2008)

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  22. Standing Amitabha Buddha of Fo Guang Shan

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  23. Bingling Temple Maitreya Buddha

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  24. Bonus: Smiling Buddha of the Bao Jue Temple

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  25. Bonus: Buddha Statue Vitarka Mudra

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  26. Bonus: Hand of Buddha

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  27. Links: Sculptures, Top 100 Asian Sculptures, Buddhists, Attractions, http://www.thailandamulets.com/showRoom.php?cate=32&scate=100, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddharupa, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddha,

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