Leshan Giant Buddha (not from my textbook)
- Carved in the 8th century AD out of the hillside of Xijuo Peak.
- Tallest Buddha sculpture in the world (71 meters)
- Chinese monk called Haitong hoped that the presence of the Buddha would calm the waters of the Min, Qingyi, and Dudu Rivers to allow safer passage for shipping vessels
- The Buddha statue’s construction began in 713 AD in the Tang Dynasty
- Unfortunately, the monk passed away when the statue had only been carved to the shoulders.
- Years later, after raising sufficient funding to continue, Haitong’s disciple continued the carving
- Finally, in 803 AD the statue was finished and the rubble carved from the mountain was deposited in the rivers, altering the current and maybe calming the water.
- 2 people can stand in each of his ears and a person can sit upon even his smallest toenail
- The Leshan Buddha is thought to be the Maitreya Buddha, who is a Bodhisattva who will appear on Earth and achieve complete enlightenment.