The Buddha is a Mountain


The Leshan Giant Buddha Aumphotography/Getty Images
The Leshan Giant Buddha Aumphotography/Getty Images

One of the largest historical statues in the world, China’s Lèshān Grand Buddha has overlooked the Dàdù river for 1200 years. Carved from the side of a mountain, this serene titan is a testament to human artistry and the Anthropocene Epoch. Join Robert and Joe for a discussion of the Buddha’s history, meaning and the overarching theme of humanity’s remaking of the natural world.

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The Leshan Giant Buddha
The Leshan Giant Buddha
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The Leshan Buddha and the modern world.
The Leshan Buddha and the modern world.
Jeremy Horner/LightRocket via Getty Images

Topics in this Podcast: mythology, China, history, art