Lambie visited the Yung gang (“Cloud Ridge”) caves, and saw that devotion moved mountains.
Lambie was happy and astonished to see how Buddhism flourished here.
She learned that the ancient Silk Road passed by, carrying goods and gods. While trading foods and fabric, the road carried culture from India, flowing robes of Greek sculptures from Rome, artistry from Iran. Turkestani rulers, who unified northern China, embraced India’s Buddhism, and melded it all together. Here is a great world religion at its height.
Lambie is pumped to see what happens when great civilizations meld.
The giant Buddha caves of Bamyan, Afghanistan were destroyed. These remain, surviving 2,000 years of erosion, corrosive pollution, vandals, political attacks, and millions of visitors.
Lambie was sorry to see holes and some broken caves.
Lambie knows about Pharoahs. The giant Buddhas were Pharoanic in a way, offering worship to Buddha and glorifying the ruler.
Indian monks, Turkic kings, Hellenic motifs...yet distinctly Chinese Buddhism.
Lambie hopes to become more like Buddha by following his example: Meditation, morality, insight, generosity, patience, and kindness.
Lambie is happy.