Monk Haitong ~ Leshan, Sichuan Province
Oct 16 2001

Monk Haitong is the man responsible for Leshan being on the map today. A devout Buddhist, he hoped the massive Buddha would protect the fishermen plying the three converging rivers beneath him. If is eyes look a little strange in this picture, they should. The story is that Haitong spent most of his life working on the giant Buddha and once, when it looked like funding would run dry, Haitong gouged out his own eyes to show his piety and sincerity. Though the Buddha was not finished in his lifetime, it did help the fishermen. So much rock was hewn from the cliff that the river bed was raised and he current slowed.

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nigel & julie snow