Saturday, December 19, 2009

Gunning for the Buddha: No Enlightenment at Ngong Ping

Yeah,the title is a hat-tip to the Shriekback song, "Gunning for the Buddha", but I did climb those 258 steps up to the Big Buddha today on Lantau Island.

The mix of commerce and a tiny bit of reverence is disturbing but the spectacle is...a spectacle.

After a breakfast for 2 that = about $5 US, we were ready...


Hanging by a thread...


It's a long way down past my dirty sneakers...


I've always maintained that 7-11 could point the way toward Enlightenment!


A mash-up of Japan and Taiwan or just a guy selling cheap noodles?


The Rimbaudian way to unravel the senses before meeting the Buddha...


Waiting to be reincarnated on two legs...


258 steps to Enlightenment and I climbed them all...


I'm up there, not quite at the Buddha's feet but at his side still...


All of this was included in the price of the museum ticket except for the fake meats which only added another $3 US to the total...


After cynicism took over my outlook, I turned and caught the sun breaking behind the Buddha's head and I remembered what I wanted to see all along...