Tag Archives: Buddha

3 Cheers for the Birthday Boy

Hong Kong’s Andy Hung (andybear) has created a striking mosaic to honor the birthday of the Buddha (Prince Siddhartha Gautama) on today this seventeenth of May, a national holiday in many parts of the world.

Lego Buddha 01

I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the birthday boy. “Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”

Pop-up LEGO Todai-ji opens to reveal Giant Buddha

Back in 2009, the Internet marveled at Japanese builder talapz‘s mind-boggling pop-up Kinkaku-ji pavilion. Now, he’s at it again! This time, he’s built Todai-ji, a temple in Nara, Japan that houses the world’s largest bronze statue of Buddha.

Nara was one of Japan’s first capitol cities, before Kyoto and Tokyo. Todai-ji and the Giant Buddha (Daibutsu) are part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, encompassing treasures from the period of ancient Japan (AD 710-794) that shares the city’s name.

For those of you inclined to try building your own pop-up Todai-ji, there is hope! In the second half of the video, talapz provides step-by-step instructions (449 steps) to build your own pop-up Todai-ji temple from a parts list — complete with Bricklink IDs — of 8816 LEGO elements. Good luck!

The Great Buddha of Kamakura withstands typhoons and tsunamis

One of my favorite day trips from Tokyo was visiting the Great Buddha of Kamakura. Space2310 continues his series of excellent Japanese LEGO models with a microscale Amida Buddha.

LEGO Great Buddha of Kamakura

Like the real Buddha in Japan, this one has little windows on his back so visitors can look out. The cherry blossoms add a wonderful touch to the presentation of this LEGO creation.

Kwun Yam Temple

Taking another break from our usual Japanese fare, Brickshelf user Legokinsfolk presents Kwun Yam Temple. Here’s what Legokinsfolk has to say:

There is the Goddess of Mercy in the Kwun Yam Temple. The Goddess of Mercy has power to assume any shape to save those in distress. She is one of the most popular buddhas for her kindness among Chinese people.

An overview of the temple:

And my personal favorite, Kwun Yam herself: