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  Buddha - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Buddha ( Sanskrit, Pali, others: literally Awakened One or Enlightened One, from the root: √budh, "to awaken") is a title used in Buddhism for anyone who has discovered enlightenment ( bodhi), although it is commonly used to refer to Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha.
A Buddha is one who rediscovers the Dharma (that is, truth; the nature of reality, of the mind, of the affliction of the human condition and the correct "path" to liberation) by enlightenment, which comes to be after skillful or good karma (action) is perfectly maintained and all negative unskillful actions are abandoned.
The Reclining Buddha in Phuket, Thailand depicts the spiritual leader on the verge of death.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Buddha   (895 words)

  
 Buddhas of Bamiyan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Buddhas of Bamiyan were two monumental statues of standing Buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamiyan valley of central Afghanistan, situated 230 km northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2500 meters.
The two most prominent statues were the giant, standing Buddhas, measuring 55 and 37 meters high respectively, the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the world.
In December 2004, Japanese researchers discovered that the wall paintings at Bamiyan were actually painted between the 5th and the 9th centuries, rather than the 6th to 8th centuries as previously believed.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Buddhas_of_Bamiyan   (667 words)

  
 GIS@development May 2003: "Reconstructing the Great Buddha of Bamiyan"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Statues of Bamiyan were cut from the sandstone cliffs and they were covered with a mixture of mud and straw to model the expression of the face, the hands, the arms and the folds of the robe.
The region of Bamiyan, ca 200 km North-West of Kabul, Afghanistan, was one of the major Buddhist centers from the 2nd century AD up to the time when Islam entered the area in the 9th century.
In the Bamiyan valley, at ca 2500 meters of altitude, three big statues of Buddha and a series of caves were carved out from the sedimentary rock of the region.
www.gisdevelopment.net /magazine/gisdev/2003/may/afgan.shtml   (408 words)

  
 Buddha - Encyclopedia.WorldSearch   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Technically, a Buddha is one who rediscovers the Dharma (that is, truth; the nature of reality, of the mind, of the affliction of the human condition and the correct "path" to liberation) by Enlightenment, which comes to be after skillful or good karma (action) is perfectly maintained and all negative unskillful actions are abandoned.
The Buddha Gautama, then, is simply one member of the spiritual lineage of Buddhas, which stretches back into the dim recesses of the past and forward into the distant horizons of the future.
According to Gautama Buddha, the Awakened bliss of Nirvana he attained is available to all beings, although orthodoxy holds that one must first be born as a human being.
encyclopedia.worldsearch.com /buddha.htm   (986 words)

  
 Afghanistan - behind the headlines
The gigantic Bamiyan Buddhas from the 3rd -5th centuries AD are the best-known examples of Gandhara art.
The two statues, with a height of 53 and 38 metres, respectively, were carved from rock walls and covered with a mixture of straw and mud for the modelling of their faces.
The rock walls around the statues were a complex of corridors, dwellings and holy places used by the Buddhist monks of the land of Gandhara.
moesgaard.hum.au.dk /afghanistan/ie050201.html   (424 words)

  
 BBC News | SOUTH ASIA | UN warns Taleban over Buddha statues
The world-famous statues at Bamiyan are unique, the taller of the pair standing at 53 metres (125 feet) high.
Earlier it was reported that explosives had been brought to the Bamiyan site to blow up the statues, but the latest reports say impatient fighters have taken the matter into their own hands.
A Taleban spokesman in the United States, Sayed Rahmatullah Hashmi, told the BBC the statues were being destroyed to retaliate for the 1992 demolition of the ancient mosque at Ayodhya in India by Hindu activists.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/south_asia/1197900.stm   (639 words)

  
 Buddha - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema
Technically, a Buddha is one who rediscovers the Dharma (that is, truth; the nature of reality, of the mind, of the affliction of the human condition and the correct "path" to liberation) by Enlightenment, comes to be after skillful or good karma (action) is perfectly maintained and all negative unskillful actions are abandoned.
In the holy Tripitaka - the core sacred texts of Buddhism - the numerous past Buddhas and their lives are spoken of, along with the next Buddha-to-be, who is named Maitreya.
The poses and hand-gestures of these statues, known respectively as asanas and mudras, are signifigant to their overall meaning.
www.egnu.org /thelema/index.php/Buddha   (722 words)

  
 Bamiyan Buddhas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
During a 5 hour visit to Bamiyan, Afghanistan's interim Prime Minister Hamid Karzai announced today an initiative to rebuild the Bamiyan Buddhas, calling the destruction "a national tragedy." The statues were destroyed a year ago.
The statues were carved into a mountainside above the central city of Bamiyan in the 3rd and 5th centuries.
The statues were carved into the sides of the mountains bordering the central province of Bamiyan during the second and third centuries AD.
www.endex.com /gf/buildings/liberty/worldstatues/Bamiyan/bamiyan.htm   (385 words)

  
 The Bâmiân Buddhas
BAMIYAN, Afghanistan (AP) - Taliban soldiers on Monday showed off the yawning chasms where two soaring Buddha statues once stood, allowing foreigners a first glimpse of the sandstone rubble that is all that remains of the ancient wonders.
The Taliban argue that the destruction of the statues, including the two colossal Buddhas in Bamiyan province, is based on Islamic law and is an internal issue.
The current state of the Bamiyan statues, which were carved into a cliff, has yet to be verified, although the difference between Taliban accounts is only whether all traces have been eradicated or some pieces of rock remain.
hss.fullerton.edu /comparative/bâmiân_buddhas_exart.htm   (12038 words)

  
 BBC News | FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT | A visit to the giant Buddhas
Bamiyan is immersed so deep in Afghanistan's war that even the great stone Buddhas have been drawn into the conflict.
The Bamiyan region is the stronghold of the Hezb-i-Whadat party, the main faction representing the Shia Muslims of the centre of the country.
Bamiyan and the Buddhas remain firmly under the control of the forces of Hezb-i-Whadat.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/39812.stm   (999 words)

  
 TIMEasia.com: News -- 'I Feel A Great, Personal Loss'
Bamiyan was such a sleepy little village that there was no place for us to stay, so they converted the local jail, called it the Bamiyan Hotel, and put us up there.
The Mongol invader Genghis Khan had burned the Buddhas' face and hands, which were fashioned out of wood, and the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb had also damaged their sandstone legs with cannon fire.
In the 7th century the Chinese traveler Huan-Tsang passed through Bamiyan and wrote that "the faces of the giant Buddha figures were covered with gold and decorated with precious gems that dazzled the eye." Some reports suggest that the taller Buddha's robes had been painted red; the other painted blue.
www.time.com /time/asia/news/interview/0,9754,101547,00.html   (1543 words)

  
 Fate of Bamiyan Buddha statues hangs in balance
PESHAWAR: The fate of two gigantic Buddha statues in Bamiyan hang in balance following the blasting of the eagle-shaped "Assembly hall" of Ismailis by Taliban in Kayan Valley of Afghanistan.
Peshawar - The hard-line Taliban fighters are reported to have dynamited a statue of an Eagle in Darra-I-Kiyan of Baghlan province in war ravaged Afghanistan on last Thursday.
The Eagle statue was installed in the spiritual center of Islaili sect people in Kiyan which fell to Taliban about a week ago.
www.rawa.org /bamyan.htm   (580 words)

  
 Afghan Taliban leader orders destruction of ancient statues
The destruction of Buddha statues is an act of cultural genocide against humanity," Babri Masjid movement leader and former diplomat Syed Shahabuddin said.
ISLAMABAD: The destruction of the two massive Buddha statues in Bamiyan was completed on Thursday and Friday with dynamite, an official source in Islamabad confirmed on Monday.
Reports from Afghanistan said the demolition of the ancient monuments near Bamiyan - one thought to be the tallest of its kind in the world - was overseen by the Taliban's defense minister.
www.rawa.org /statues.htm   (2202 words)

  
 Buddha
Besides that, there were two smaller statues in the meditating position (10 meters each), which were later on destroyed but still the places and signs are visible between these two grand statues.
The Taliban leaders issued a religious edict deeming the two of the World's tallest Buddha Statues, which are carved into a mountain, as non-Islamic and ordered their destruction.
The 2000 year old Buddha Statues were believed to have been carved during the time of the Kushan dynasty which are believed to be the ancestors of the Hazara tribe that inhabits Bamyan, the heart of Hazarajat region.
www.hazara.net /hazara/geography/Buddha/buddha.html   (1309 words)

  
 BBC News | SOUTH ASIA | Giant Buddhas 'to be restored'
The giant Buddhas were shelled by the old regime earlier this year which viewed them as an affront to Islam.
He said that while the rebuilt Buddhas would not be exactly what they once were, it was necessary to reconstruct them.
The two statues situated in the central Bamiyan region stood between 40 and 50 metres high and were over 1,500 years old when they were shelled by the Taleban earlier this year.
news.bbc.co.uk /low/english/world/south_asia/newsid_1734000/1734419.stm   (246 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Why the Taliban are destroying Buddhas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Since, unlike the Buddha, most of us are caught up in endless "selfness" today, news media worldwide now trumpet a rising animus toward the Taliban from foes and their few allies alike.
The colossal Buddhas were cut at immeasurable cost (probably in the third and fifth centuries A.D.) into the tall, sandstone cliffs surrounding Bamiyan, an oasis town in the center of a long valley that separates the mountain chains of Hindu Kush and Koh-i-Baba.
It is fitting that in his previous lives, as recorded in Jakata Tales, the Buddha often sacrificed himself, becoming food for a tiger and her cubs, for instance, and for a hungry hawk chasing a pigeon.
usatoday.com /news/science/archaeology/2001-03-22-afghan-buddhas.htm   (1431 words)

  
 National Geographic News @ nationalgeographic.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
All that remained was an outline of the carvings hewn from the sandstone mountains of central Bamiyan in the 3rd and 5th centuries.
The larger of the two statues was believed to have been the world's tallest standing Buddha.
Many Afghans, as well as UN officials, believe the decision to ruin the statues is a sign of the growing influence of hardliners within the Taliban.
news.nationalgeographic.com /news/2001/03/0327_bamiandestroyed.html   (353 words)

  
 Thailand to restore the Bamiyan Buddha statues
The Buddha statues survived the invasion of Genghis Khan, who ordered the destruction of every living thing in the area and for several centuries, Buddhist Folladi Pilgrims from all over the world came to Bamyam to admire the spectacular and sacred site and the thousands of caves in the mountain.
The walls of the 300 foot high cliffs, where the Buddha statues stood are dotted with hundreds of caves that were the living quarters of Buddhist monks and, until recently, still inhabited.
The Bamyam statues were once Afghanistan's most famous and conspicuous tourist attraction, attracting thousands of visitors and at the same time generating huge revenue for the poorer region of Bamiyam in the Bamian district of Afghanistan, due to it's isolated geographic location.
www.thaipro.com /thailand_00/128_bamiyan_buddha.htm   (914 words)

  
 BBC News | SOUTH ASIA | Bamiyan destroyed by Taleban
Bamiyan finally fell to ethnic Hazara fighters of the Hezb-i-Wahdat faction, who regard Bamiyan as their capital.
Not just in Bamiyan but around the region, it was clear that the Hazaras had suffered horribly at the hands of the Taleban.
The Taleban dynamited the monuments, carved into the Hindu Kush mountains, claiming that all statues were false idols and contrary to their Islamic beliefs.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/south_asia/1654085.stm   (274 words)

  
 NPR : The Buddhas of Bamiyan
Ignoring international pleas to spare the ancient works of art, the Taliban razed the statues because they were made in the image of a man. By the Taliban's reckoning, that's a sin.
He talked to several townspeople and found that the destruction of the statues was far from the worst crime the Taliban committed there.
The statues are gone, the Taliban is gone, but the people, and the poverty they live with every day, remain.
www.npr.org /programs/wesat/features/2002/feb/buddha/buddha.html   (355 words)

  
 Bamian Statues and Theosophy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
When it is maintained that no larger statues exist on the whole globe, the fact is easily proven on the evidence of all the travellers who have examined them and taken their measurements.
The Buddhist Arhats and Ascetics found the five statues, and many more, now crumbled down to dust, and as the three were found by them in colossal niches at the entrance of their future abode, they covered the figures with plaster, and, over the old, modelled new statues made to represent Lord Tathagata.
But the five statues belong to the handiwork of the Initiates of the Fourth Race, who sought refuge, after the submersion of their continent, in the fastnesses and on the summits of the Central Asian mountain chains.
www.teosofiskakompaniet.net /BamianTeosofiHPB2001.htm   (3899 words)

  
 The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan
In March 2001, the ruling Taliban destroyed Afghanistan's foremost tourist attraction, the 1600 year-old Buddhas of Bamiyan.
The large Buddha was painted red, the smaller blue.
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www.theboywhoplaysonthebuddhasofbamiyan.co.uk   (557 words)

  
 Buddhas of Bamiyan
In March 2001 the Taliban began destroying two huge rock cut buddha statues at Bamiyan, along with hundreds or thousands of other statues, in the name of Islam.
As of March 12th, news agencies across the world are reporting that the statues have now been blown up.
On March 1st 2001 the Taliban militia began systematically destroying two giant rock carvings of buddha at Bamiyan, in central Afghanistan, both of which were more than 1500 years old, and World Heritage sites.
www.geocities.com /bamiyan2001/bamiyan.html   (416 words)

  
 BBC News | SOUTH ASIA | 'Nothing remains' of Bamiyan Buddhas
Absolutely nothing remains of the giant Buddhas of Bamiyan, according to archaeologist Paul Bucherer, who has returned from Afghanistan after a detailed study of the site.
And the reconstruction of the ancient Buddhas - once the world's largest - has been supported in principle by the country's interim government.
The two Buddhas, the largest of which was 53m high, were demolished by Taleban explosives experts in February 2001.
news.bbc.co.uk.edgesuite.net /1/hi/world/south_asia/1849843.stm   (383 words)

  
 AsiaSource Interview with Paul Bucherer
I was in the Pashtun area of Mehtar Lam and I spoke to the Pashtuns about the destruction of the Buddhas in Bamiyan and tears came to their eyes and they started to cry about the loss of this national cultural heritage.
In December 2000, three months before the destruction of the Buddhas, I was in Kandahar and I spoke to the leaders of the Taliban, although not to Mullah Omar (he did not agree to see me since I am not a Muslim).
Already in October 1998 the head of the little Buddha in Bamiyan was blown up and the entire world community was aware that this happened.
www.asiasource.org /news/special_reports/bucherer.cfm   (2320 words)

  
 Afghan Taliban Begin Destruction of Ancient Buddha Statues
Undated photo of the world's tallest statue of Bhudda measuring 53 meters (175 feet) in Bamiyan, 125 kilometers (90 miles) west of Kabul in Afghanistan.
Supreme Commander of the Taliban Mullah Mohammad Omar had ordered the destruction of all statues in Afghanistan, including the centuries-old Buddha in Bamiyan, and armed Taliban troops fanned out across the country Thursday to implement the supreme leader's order.
The two massive Bamiyan Buddhas, carved into a sandstone cliff near the provincial capital in central Afghanistan, stand 50 meters (165 feet) and 34.5 meters (114 feet) tall and were built around the second century.
www.commondreams.org /headlines01/0301-04.htm   (827 words)

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