Wednesday, 20 October 2010

The Buddha Statues of Bamiyan Afghanistan

Most people know that in 2001 the Taliban destroyed the huge Buddha statues carved in to the sand stone rock face at Bamiyan Afghanistan.Buddhism started in Northern India and fanned out to the neighbouring countries over the following centuries and at the time of their creation this was a flourishing Buddhist centre with over 10 monasteries and a thousand monks. At that time the area which is now Afghanistan was predominantly Buddhist hence the effort and loving craftmanship that went into creating these ancient wonders of the world. The first one was built in 507 AD and the larger one about 50 years later. This fascinating historical You Tube documentary was made in 1973 shows the site and visitors exploring this beautiful and wonderful place.

Let's hope that before long the world becomes a more peaceful place and the project to try and restore this site with international co-operation come to fruition.

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.” The Buddha

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