Where Heaven and Earth Touch

Giant Buddha, Longment Grottoes, Henan China
Gigantic stone Buddha, woman in foreground for perspective
57 foot tall stone Buddha, my wife is in foreground
Smiling stone Buddha with painted walls behind
Several of the statues still retain their original painting after many centuries
Stone Buddhist statue two fingers on right hand upraised in sacred gesture
The vibrant colors really set off the idea of sacred energy flowing around the statue
Long shot across the Yi River of the Longmen Grotto central cave
This photo was taken from the opposite bank of the Yi River in order to capture some sense of the scale
The gigantic Guyang “Old Sun” Cave is the largest structure
Small Buddhist statue carved into rock face
Some of the very smallest statues have the most serene appearance
These two Bodhisattva statue are fine examples of the Northern Wei style of carvings.
Closeup of Bodhisattvas, notice the rich details of the clothing and facial expressions
Giant carved stone filled with ancient Chinese characters stone shows signs of centuries of wear
Massive stone stele memorial from second emperor of the Tang Dynasty
Bodhisattva flanking the colossal Buddha statue
Closeup of statues face showing the expression of enlightenment
The look of enlightenment on this statue still exudes great power. Notice the half-closed eyes seeing beyond this world.
Colorful carvings covered in the dust of centuries
The dust of centuries coats these colorful scene from the Tang Dynasty period of carving
Incomplete statue on opposite bank of the river
Unfinished carving of multi-handed Buddhist deity on the opposite bank of the river
Unfinished statues. The sweeping carving looked like currents of energy flowing through the stone.

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Writer, Artist. Manifests Positivity. Neotranscendentalist. Spiritual nature. Taoism enthusiast. Editor & Univ. Lecturer in China 12 yrs. Https://cewheeler.art

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C.E. Wheeler

C.E. Wheeler

Writer, Artist. Manifests Positivity. Neotranscendentalist. Spiritual nature. Taoism enthusiast. Editor & Univ. Lecturer in China 12 yrs. Https://cewheeler.art

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