China’s Rock Carving Statues

The Tallest Rock Stature in China

China’s tallest rock Buddha statue is located in Guizhou province in southern China.

A close look at China’s tallest rock statue of Buddha. So far nobody knows who was the author and when the statue was created.

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He meditated so well, unaware that a forest has started to consume him. Truly one with nature. 🙄

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This is a visual explanation of the Meditation Stage 3 when one’s sense of his physical body vanished, except his head.

On stage 1 – Switch to your consciousness: your conscious takes over your mind powered by your brain and you are fully aware of your internal and external worlds. If you can enter this state whenever you want and remain in this state steadily, you will be able to retain your sense of self-being after death.

On Stage 2 – Concentrate your consciousness: your brain and physical sensory organs are all switched off and you do not receive any external information or stimulation. Your conscious is fully internalised. If you can enter this state whenever you want and remain in this state steadily, you will be able to amend whatever problems with your body.

On State 3 – Partial disappearance of the elusive world: your sense of your physical body has disappeared except your head. It is a bit like when you stare at an impressionist painting. After a while, you may only see colour dots but not the images. If you can enter this state freely and remain in this state steadily, you will be able to alter your life form.

On Stage 4 – Total disappearance of the elusive world: your sense about your head also vanished. By then you do not just know but actually experience the true reality. If you can enter this state freely and remain in this state steadily, you will be able to edit your external world.

When you’ve reached stage 4, you are more than an immortal but god. However, there are still stages beyond.

Mangshan Giant Buddha

Mangshan Giant Buddha (蒙山大佛), situated in Shanxi province in China’s Yellow Plateau, is the world’s earliest giant rock statue.

According to the ancient chronicles, several Tang Dynasty emperors and China’s only woman emperor Wu Zetian paid personal tributes to the super-solid symbol of enlightenment.

The statue, measuring 63 metres tall, was carved in the 6th century but disappeared 700 years later during the Mongols’ occupation of China in the 13th century.

After another 700 years in 1980, the statue was rediscovered under piles of rubbles, but its head is missing.

In the early 21st century, based on the other stone Buddha heads from that period, the local government reconstructed a 12-metre tall head.

A Secluded Buddha Statue in Jinan

The existence of this ancient rock statue of Buddha in a secluded cave in the outskirts of Jinan, Shandong province, was unknown for centuries even by the locals until a village woman found it by accident in the early last century.

Years later in 1921, a Japanese heritage researcher learned about the statue from the woman and took several photos of it. According to his study, the statue should be the work of Tang or North Song Dynasty 1,000 years ago.

Now the statue is no longer there and the 100-year-old photos are the only evidence of the existence of this priceless artwork.

A close look at the statue’s face.

A close look at the statue’s right eye.

A close look at the statue’s left eye and lips.

In the cliffs nearby, there are dozens of rock statues of Buddha and Bodhisattvas carved by Tang and Song artists.

A Big Character on the Cliff

A giant character “靇” (Chinese dragon) is carved on the cliff and a walking way can be seen in a distance in Mt Lanke, Zhejiang province, where a firewood collector of the 4th century allegedly met immortals playing chess Weiqi (Game of Siege)

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