Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Giant Buddha on Lantau

Spent the morning travelling on the cable car from Tung Chung to the Giant Buddha on Lantau Island

 Overlooking HK's International Airport. Could have stopped the ride and spent the day watching the planes take off and land.
 Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is a large bronze statue of a Sakyamuni Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island.
The Buddha sits cross-legged on the lotus throne, like a lotus which grows out of sludge, symbolizing that the Buddha is pure and without any defilement. He can live in this world of turbidity and save all recalcitrant and unyielding beings. The statue is full bodied and peaceful. The statue is majestic and refined, conveying the Buddha's spirit of compassion, loving kindness and impartiality.

 Gateway to the Po Lin Monastery
 Last time we visited, I could not walk up the 368 steps, hip op when I was getting home.
This time I was determined to do it.
Half way up.
 Half way to go.
I was always told, "never look where you have been, always look where you are going"
 I made it, a real feat for me.
 The left hand rests on the lap, with the palm turning up and fingers pointing slightly downward. This is called the mudra of "fulfilling wishes", implying the vow to grant blessing and happiness to all.
On each of the palms is a Dharmacakra (wheel of the law) signifying that the Buddha truth is eternal and will spread to the ten directions of the universe.
The 卍sign on the chest represents that the Buddha possesses all virtues.
 Overlooking Po Lin Monastery
 Incense sticks for sale 

More incense 

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on making it up all those steps!