Tian Tan Buddha at Po Lin Monastery

| October 20, 2010
Hong Kong's Tian Tan Buddha at Po Lin Monastery

Hong Kong’s Tian Tan Buddha at Po Lin Monastery

It may not look like it but the giant Buddha pictured here is 112 feet tall, weighs a half-million pounds and cost upwards of $68 million to build. I had to race up hundreds of stairs with my camera gear in tow in oppressive humidity to get this shot. As you can see the sun was on its way down and there was not much time left to get the goods! This Buddha is located on Hong Kong’s Lantau Island at the Po Lin Monastery. To get to the Buddha we took a 25-minute cable car ride from a location near the Hong Kong airport that went up and over several large hills. Pretty amazing really. The cable car changes direction several times before reaching its destination at the Monastery.

It is said that this Buddha is so large that it is visible from Macau on a clear day. I was not quite sure what I was going to get from this shot because I had to take it so fast. In the end I was quite pleased with the warm to cool transition in the sky. My son Matt, who has a philosophy minor, said this picture seems quite appropriate because the Buddha is positioned in the middle of the extreme colors in the sky. Buddha describes the middle way as a path of moderation between the extremes of sensual indulgence and self-mortification. The Middle Way is a dynamic teaching as shown by the traditional story that the Buddha realized the meaning of the Middle Way when he sat by a river and heard a lute player in a passing boat and understood that the lute string must be tuned neither too tight nor too loose to produce a harmonious sound. Deep but interesting none the less!

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  1. Michelle says:

    Incredibly beautiful photo! I also love the contrast of colors!

  2. Sue says:

    I love this photo of the Buddha! I would love to purchase a print if possible. It is beautiful.

  3. Lee says:

    Michelle, thanks very much for the comment and visiting ADNW!

    Hi Sue. Thanks for the nice comment. Sure, you can purchase a print! I am in the process of setting up a capability to purchase on line but that will take a little more time. I will email you so you can purchase one in the mean time!

  4. You really should have an online store. You work too hard not too. And not everyone has wall space for everything they want, but a selection of greeting cards would be nice. And you could print your website on the back … Think of it as free advertising.