While attending the annual IBSA conference in Hong Kong, Sangha members visited the spectacular Big (Tian Tan) Buddha located at the Po Lin Monastery atop a mountain on Lantau Island next to the village of Ngong Ping. The majestic figure of the once tallest, outdoor, seated Buddha unveiled in December 1993 was cast in bronze in China. It is 112 feet (34 meters) tall and weighs 280 tons. Its base is a model of the Altar of Heaven or Earthly Mount of Tian Tan, the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. It is one of several large Buddha statues recently erected in China.
Magnificent dragons supported the Main Temple at Po Lin, a monastery founded in 1906 by three monks. The main temple houses three bronze statues of the Buddha representing His past, present, and future lives. Click for more photos.