February 11th, 2014
04:27 PM ET

Is bigger Buddha better?

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China is home to the world's fastest train, longest bridge, largest freestanding building, longest wall, and is the biggest source of tourists in the world. In China, bigger is most definitely better – even when it comes to Buddha.

Massive Buddha statues have been built around the country over the past few decades. The 160-foot Buddha in the video towers over crowds, almost as much as another 300-foot Buddha in eastern China does. In 2002, the tallest statue in the world – the 500-foot Spring Temple Buddha – was unveiled in China. It is almost 200 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty!

So why is Buddha on steroids? One word: Tourists.

Last year, this Buddha reportedly brought in 3.8 million visitors and $200 million.

Not every large statue has been met with appreciation though. Two giant Buddhas in their birthday suits recently unveiled in Eastern China were taken down after an uproar.

Maybe someone out there thought a bit about the core teachings of Buddhism, which are about a rejection of materialism, inner strength, meditation, and mindfulness – not super-sizing.

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  1. East, please don't copy the West

    Eastern World......... please don't copy the Western World............. don't believe their "hype"...... they are totally screwed up human beings.......... who clambered to be "King of the mountain" status thru horrible acts of murder followed by thieving....... your eastern philosophy is much more noble and wise............ stick to it............ we in the West have so much to learn from you.............. we in the West know fully well that the 5 D's: divorce, drugs, debt, decadence, deception is bringing us down, down , down..............

    February 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm |
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