The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

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The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

Post by Mawkish1983 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:44 am

imagemarie wrote:
Mawkish1983 wrote:
Mawkish1983 wrote:I just watched it... ...I found it disappointing.
Wow, my post was negative! ...
And here's me thinking you were telling it how it is
I was, but I could have tried to find some positive points to mention (even though I still cannot think of any) :)

"If you cannot say anything nice..." springs to mind.

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The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

Post by datlone » Sat Sep 03, 2011 2:36 pm

Where did the Biggest Reclining Buddha of Afganistan go?
Where did the Golden Mount of Burma go?
Where did the Historic Ancient Buddhist temples go?
Where did the Tripitaka Marble Slabs (worlds largest book) go?

Hsi Lai Temple in San Francisco? I am pretty sure there are many other Wonders in Asia more wondrous than this.

It is obvious that the narrator didnt do the research properly.
And she didnt even know what she was talking about regarding Buddhism.

Such an disappointment.

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The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

Post by Skeptic » Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:17 pm

These Wonders of The Buddhist World also deserves to be mentioned:

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Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand

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Shwezigon Paya, Nyaung-U, Myanmar

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Uppatasanti Paya, Naypyitaw, Myanmar

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Bagan, Myanmar

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Shwemawdaw Paya, Bago, Myanmar

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Re: The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

Post by DNS » Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:47 pm

Since the BBC show topic has also morphed into what should be the 7 or 8 wonders of the Buddhist world in general, I have merged it with this existing topic.

In the OP for this topic, my choices are based on:

Maha Bodhi Temple (most important site for Buddhists and in Bodh Gaya)
And additional choices based on having at least one representative from Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Burma, considering their importance to Buddhism, especially Theravada Buddhism.
World's largest book of any kind (the one in Burma, the Tipitaka on marble slabs) seems very appropriate
Angkor Wat (largest Buddhist temple in the world, which is also a Theravada temple since about the year 1200).
And then gotta have the internet, after all here we are discussing Dhamma on quite an invention that connects kalyana mittas from around the world. :coffee:

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Post by householder » Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:15 am

The Internet doesn't translate well visually for TV though! :P

+1 for Shwedagon. Haven't been to the other sights in Myanmar yet - Naypyidaw is a full day's return journey from Yangon and I didn't have enough time here for that, but will do next time.

My initial reaction was that the place had a similar atmosphere to Boudhanath Stupa which I visited last year, but it's markedly more mundane. It's a religious site and there's plenty of devotion and meditation and ritual going on, but that's intertwined with general social congregation and activity. It's quite hard to describe - it's awe-inspiring but at the same time without pomp.

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Re: The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

Post by Skeptic » Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:28 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:7. The Global Pagoda is a monument being built in Mumbai, India. The Global Pagoda is built out of gratitude to the Buddha, his teaching and the community of monks practicing his teaching. Its traditional Burmese design is an expression of gratitude towards the country of Myanmar (Burma) for preserving the practice of vipassana.

The inside of the pagoda is hollow and serves as a very large meditation hall with an area covering more than 6000 m2 (65,000 ft2). This magnificent structure represents the rapid spread of the Dhamma assisted by teachers such as S. N. Goenka who is the leader of the project and also that the Dhamma is coming back home, to India.
Great picture of Global Vipassana Pagoda:
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Re: The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

Post by DNS » Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:29 pm

Excellent photo, thanks! I used it to update the photo on this page:

http://www.dhammawiki.com/index.php?title=Global_Pagoda" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

Post by Skeptic » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:34 pm

These beautiful pictures also deserves to be in this topic:

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Uppatasanti Paya, Naypyitaw, Myanmar

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Sagaing Hills, Myanmar

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Buddha statue near Monywa, Sagaing region, Myanmar - second tallest statue in the world

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Shwedagon Paya, Yangon, Myanmar

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Ananda Temple, Bagan, Mynamar

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Thanboddhay Paya, Monywa, Sagain region, Myanmar

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Re: The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

Post by dhamma_newb » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:57 pm

Thanks for sharing Skeptic. Great pics!

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Re: The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

Post by cooran » Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:09 pm

Thank you so much, Skeptic! Burma (Myanmar) has magnificent Buddhist Pilgrimage sites!

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Re: The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

Post by yawares » Mon Feb 18, 2013 2:52 pm

Bankei wrote:The cave temples of Ajanta also seem impressive (I haven't been yet though)
Dear Bankei,

I love Ajanta Caves too :heart:

Ajanta Caves , Aurangabad (Maharastra), India :heart:
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more than 2000 years old the ajanta caves display rock paintings :heart:
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Re: The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

Post by SarathW » Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:37 am

Hi David
Thanks for the thread.
I just amaze with the photos.
Being a Sri Lankan ,I never knew that Ruwanwelisaya in Sri Lanka was such an important structure!
This is another proof for your 8th wonder - The internet!
I learned most of my Dhamma via internet.
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

Post by DNS » Tue Feb 19, 2013 5:53 am

SarathW wrote: Being a Sri Lankan ,I never knew that Ruwanwelisaya in Sri Lanka was such an important structure!
This is another proof for your 8th wonder - The internet!
I learned most of my Dhamma via internet.
Hi Sarath,

Thanks for your input. As a Sri Lankan Buddhist, what would you say is the most important site in Sri Lanka? I imagine most Sri Lankans would say the Sri Dalada Maligawa (The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic). Am I correct? However, after discussion with Samuel (see page 1 of this thread), I prefer the Ruwanwelisaya.

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Re: The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

Post by SarathW » Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:08 am

Thanks David,
Matter of interest, what are the other four tallest stuctures at that time?
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Re: The 8 Wonders of the Buddhist World

Post by DNS » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:34 am

SarathW wrote:Thanks David,
Matter of interest, what are the other four tallest stuctures at that time?
The pyramids of Egypt.

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