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Old 16-09-2012, 05:23 PM   #90
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Arrow Extremist Is lamic Destruction & Intolerance

The Buddhas of Bamiyan (Pashto: د بامیان بوتان - "de bámiyán botán" Persian: بت های باميان‎ – but hay-e bamiyan) were two 6th century monumental statues of standing buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, situated 230 km (140 mi)northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2,500 meters (8,202 ft). Built in 507 CE, the larger in 554 CE, the statues represented the classic blended style of Gandhara art...They were dynamited and destroyed in March 2001 by the Extremist Muslims, on orders from leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, after the Taliban government declared that they were idols. International opinion strongly condemned the destruction of the Buddhas, which was viewed as an example of the intolerance of the Taliban. Japan and Switzerland, among others, have pledged support for the rebuilding of the statues...
The two most prominent statues were the giant standing Buddhas Vairocana and Sakyamuni, identified by the different mudras performed, measuring 55 and 37 metres (180 and 121 feet) high respectively. Before being blown up in 2001 they were the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the world (the 8th century Leshan Giant Buddha is taller, but the statue is sitting). Since then the Spring Temple Buddha has been built in China, and at 128 m (420 ft) it is the tallest statue in the world. Plans for the construction of the Spring Temple Buddha were announced soon after the blowing up of the Bamiyan Buddhas and China condemned the systematic destruction of the Buddhist heritage of Afghanistan...The enormous statues, the male Salsal ("light shines through the universe") and the (smaller) female Shamama ("Queen Mother"), as they were called by the locals, did not fail to fire the imagination of Islamic writers in centuries past. The larger statue reappears as the malevolent giant Salsal in medieval Turkish tales.Afghan Islamist king Abdur Rahman Khan destroyed its face during militrary campaign against Shia Hazara rebellion. Fortunately a Frenchman Dureau had pictured it in 1847...


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Extremist Muslims try and destroy other peoples way of life,but if anyone offends their prophets or religion all hell breaks lose...you see how buddhists are tolerant and patience even when others attack their way of life, unlike Is lama ists...
Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame (Persian:بودا از شرم فرو ریخت : Buda az sharm foru rikht) is a 2007 Iranian film directed by Hana Makhmalbaf. The story takes place in modern Afghanistan following the removal of the Taliban and revolves around a 5-year-old Afghan girl who wants to attend a newly opened school. The girl Bakhtay, portrayed by Nikbakht Noruz, lives in the caves under the remains of the Buddhas of Bamiyan which were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001. Bakhtay becomes obsessed with the idea of going to school but must fight against a society influenced by conditions suffered during the strict Taliban rule including male domination, war, poverty and dire children's games...
After the destruction of the Buddhas, 50 caves were revealed. In 12 of the caves, wall paintings were discovered... In December 2004, an international team of researchers stated the wall paintings at Bamiyan were painted between the 5th and the 9th centuries, rather than the 6th to 8th centuries, citing their analysis of radioactive isotopes contained in straw fibers found beneath the paintings. It is believed that the paintings were done by artists travelling on the Silk Road, the trade route between China and the West...On 8 September 2008 archeologists searching for a legendary 300-metre statue at the site of the already dynamited Buddhas announced the discovery of an unknown 19-metre (62-foot) reclining Buddha, a pose representing Buddha's passage into nirvana...
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The sacred seed-letter BAM that symbolizes Buddha Vajrayogini, an enlightened Deity of Highest Yoga Tantra who is the manifestation of the wisdom of all Buddhas. It is important to recognize that Vajrayogini and her seed-letter are the same nature, and in Vajrayogini practice we imagine that she arises from this letter. By visualizing or reciting this seed-letter with strong faith and concentration we invoke the great power of this holy being and receive her blessings...
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