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Introduction of LBA's Masterpiece Buddha Sculpture by the Great Artist Yuyu Yang (Ying-Feng Yang)

In his youth, master sculptor Ying-Feng Yang was deeply influenced by the style of the Great Buddha in the Yun’gang Grottoes in Datong.  As a result, his Buddha sculptures are simple in design, refined in details, and robust in appearance, just as the Great Buddha in Yun’gang Grottoes.   

Mr. Yang sculpted this Sakyamuni Buddha statue in plaster in 1963.  Years later the bronze statue was casted using the original mold.  The plaster sculpture is now housed in Fa-Yuan Temple in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and its bronze counterpart is bestowed to LBA to be installed in the Great Hall of the Amitabha Village Retreat Center.  Contemplating on the Buddha’s infinite compassion and supreme wisdom accumulated in the past three eons, Mr. Yang created a majestic image that manifests the Buddha’s unparalleled virtues and far-reaching powers.

Venerable Kuan Chien introduced this piece of her late father’s artwork thus, “The Sakyamuni Buddha statue on the third floor of Hua-tsang Pagoda in Fa-Yuan Temple in Hsinchu, together with the gandharvas in the background, is a particularly creative piece. The principal image appears to be vigorous, confident, and full of merits and wisdom. It bears some resemblances to Indian sculptures, and yet the lines indicating the flow of clothing are very much Chinese. The bodhisattvas and gandharvas in the background are reminiscent of ladies of the Northern Wei Dynasty, elegant and at ease. The Chinese-style relief of these background figures is characterized with simple contours. The overlap of haloes and backlights creates a three-dimensional visual space and is indicative of the mutual generation of all phenomena in the world. This piece is indeed exquisite and extraordinary! Both of the artworks housed in the Pagoda were made by Mr. Yang in his youth before he reached 37, and yet both pieces evince the maturity of his understanding of the Buddha-dharma and his humanistic concerns.”

About the Yun’gang Grottoes in Datong

The Yun’gang Grottoes are located 16 kilometers west of Datong City in Shanxi Province.  Headed by the eminent bhiksu Tanyao, the making of these grottoes started in 453 C.E. (the 2nd year of the Hsing-An Era of the Northern Wei Dynasty) under the imperial decree and lasted over four decades.  The grottoes were largely completed by 495 C.E., stretching about one kilometer along the foothills of the Wuzhou mountains.  The Yun’gang Grottoes are one of the three massive clusters of grottoes in China and one of the treasuries of arts in the world.  Over 1,500 years old, Yun’gang is now classified by the Chinese government as a key cultural heritage site in need of active governmental preservation.

 


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