The day Buddha moved

Jan 2017
4,323
Sydney
#1
On the first of September 1923 , the 121 tonnes bronze Buddha called Kotoku-in moved 60 cm ( 23 inches )

the great Kanto earthquake devastated the Tokyo region
big Earthquake happen in the bay every one hundred years or so
one is now due
 
Likes: Ashoka maurya
Apr 2010
32,972
T'Republic of Yorkshire
#3
True, but the displacement was later corrected. By the way, I very much doubt that Buddha would have been enthusiastic about a monumental idolatry like this statue.

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They're all over Asia, and that's not even the biggest Buddha in Japan. I;ve been inside that one.

As for the Buddha;s views, I reckon if the statues reminded people of his teachings, he woukdn't gave minded them. U don't recall uddha being against idolatry per se.
 
Likes: Aupmanyav
Nov 2016
680
Germany
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As for the Buddha;s views, I reckon if the statues reminded people of his teachings, he woukdn't gave minded them. U don't recall uddha being against idolatry per se.
In my understanding, Buddha's teaching is about finding the Buddha nature within oneself, which is made more difficult or impossible by depicting and worshipping the human Buddha as a superhuman, which is inevitably the case when depicting him in gigantic dimensions. This creates a distance to what one should become one with, i.e. Buddha nature is projected outwards instead of found within. If people need a statue of Transformers dimensions in order to be reminded of the Buddhist teachings the cards are stacked against them to achieve the goal of realizing Buddha Nature. Moreover, it should be remembered that even during the time of his success, Buddha went from door to door begging for his food. This really doesn't fit in with such wickedly expensive representations, which seem rather comical, considering Buddha's real existence as a beggar. And the fact that Buddha did not speak out explicitly against idolatry anywhere does not of course mean that he would have approved such a grotesque nonsense like this:

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It also reminds in an unpleasant way of the (self-)deification of narcissistic and power-hungry potentates like Ramses II:

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Or, even worse, the statues of Stalin:

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Statues like this (33 meters) are also debatable:

Christ the King (Świebodzin) - Wikipedia

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Likes: Ashoka maurya
Jun 2014
5,370
New Delhi, India
#5
True, but the displacement was later corrected. By the way, I very much doubt that Buddha would have been enthusiastic about a monumental idolatry like this statue.
Buddha also would not mind a small lateral movement. He lives in present.
In my understanding, Buddha's teaching is about finding the Buddha nature within oneself, which is made more difficult or impossible by depicting and worshiping the human Buddha as a superhuman, which is inevitably the case when depicting him in gigantic dimensions.
Worship or respect for what he taught. Respect for teachers is OK.
 
Apr 2010
32,972
T'Republic of Yorkshire
#7
On the same day, Tokyo's first western style skyscraper, the 12 storey Ryounkaku, which housed the first elevator in Japan (made by Otis), was destroyed. Spooky coincidence?

The Tokyo Skytree stands very close to the former site of the Ryounkaku.
 

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