Introduction: Giant Concrete Buddha Head Garden Sculpture

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After traveling to Mexico and Thailand, I was inspired by the various ruins and stone carvings I saw and wanted to make my own concrete sculpture.  I had never done such a project before and was unsure about what route to take, but being a landscape contractor and self-taught artist/creator I was familiar with various forms of concrete/masonry and created a giant Buddha sculpture using the following steps.

There might be easier ways to undertake such a project, but I used what materials I had on hand in order to keep costs minimal - especially not knowing if my idea would work.  The original mold and box I made lasted 5 castings before it became unusable.  That was due to my lack of reinforcing the mother mold with fiberglass.  I then created Version 2.0, which is the method I have been  using since and am teaching you today.  To date I have made 15 of these 350 lb.+ Buddha castings all of which are currently nestled in various gardens belonging to my friends, family and clients.

Materials needed:
empty 5 gallon bucket
portland cement
all purpose drywall joint topping
fiberglass resin and mat
chicken wire and hardware cloth
cooking spray
2 part expanding foam
1"x2"s and 2"x2"s
Liquid latex
plaster bandages
saran wrap
aluminum foil
spray tack
Solvent based Concrete sealer

Toos needed:

needle nosed pliers 
skill saw
paddle mixer
concrete mixer optional
concrete vibrator optional
concrete trowel

Step 1: Choose What You Want to Sculpt.

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Keep in mind when choosing your subject that there cannot be any undercuts - any indentation or protrusion in a shape that will prevent its withdrawal from a one-piece mold.  Determine how large you want the sculpture, and whether you want it free-standing or a lean-to.

I purchased this head a long time ago at a flea market and wanted to create a bigger version.  I chose to only create the front half of the head in order to avoid any undercuts and to keep it a one-piece mold.  I placed tape on the head to indicate my cut-off line and took photos.

Step 2: Draw Your Outline to Scale and Begin Building Your Frame.

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I drew my outline to scale on white paper to use as a guide/template.  I own a projector and used that in order to enlarge the Buddha face, which made this step a bit easier.  

I used 5 pieces of 1x2's screwed and taped together to give me a basic frame. Chicken wire was then shaped using needle-nosed pliers and was stapled to the wood. Shaping can be done by bending and twisting the chicken wire to create whatever shape you are going for.

Hardware cloth was used to form the nose and neck due to its ability to straight-line bend, along with its strength over chicken wire. 

Step 3: Applying the Plaster Cloth.

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Moisten the plaster cloth with water and apply two layers in opposing directions over the chicken wire.  Let it dry overnight.  Once dry you should have a solid surface to start building up with papercrete.

Step 4: Start Applying Papercrete.

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Finally you can find a use for all that junk mail filling up your mailbox and old Harbor Freight ads! Papercrete can easily be made by soaking paper in water for a couple days. Once fully soaked the paper should shred easy  with a paddle mixer and drill.  Remove some of the water from your bucket  and using a paddle mixer with a drill, mix together with 2 parts wet blended paper, 2 part Portland cement, and 1 part dry wall mud.  Slowly add water until you reach a clay like consistency.  If you want to make this process a bit easier you can also use cellulose attic insulation that is just pulped and shredded paper and can be purchased at any home improvement box store.

Begin building up features with papercrete and keep in mind papercrete sticks to itself so you can add layers even if dry.  Start forming the subject.  I like to use my bare hands when sculpting with papercrete, sort of like working with clay. Keep in mind this will dry the heck out of your hands so use gloves if you want to save your secretary hands.  Applying pressure with your hands will make papercrete smooth, but don't worry about smoothing it out so much until you have reached your final layer of papercrete.  

Photo # 2 shows the addition of enlarged chin, nose and eyes.

Step 5: Apply Headdress and Any Last Details.

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I chose to simplify the headdress and go with a square pattern vs the coil on the original sculpture. Incredible detail can be had using latex but I was going for a rough carved of stone look. This is the time to do  any last minute details you want. When the surface of the sculpture is fully dried (after couple of days in the sun depending on the thickness and weather) you can use sandpaper to smooth out  the transitions of the different layers of papercrete.

Step 6: Sealing the Casting Surface

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Remove the dust from sanding with a damp cloth, then take outside and place sculpture on a drop cloth of some sort. Brush on a thin coat of the wet look sealer, wait a half hour then reapply another coat. This stuff smells really bad and should be done in a well ventilated area. The sealer dries really fast and all that is needed is two thin coats.

Step 7: Cut Wooden Base to Size

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Cut a melamine wood base roughly 3" larger all the way around the sculpture.  The first version of the mold was a superman shape, then when I did version 2.0 it was made square. Making the box square uses a bit more foam but is easier to manage 
and store.

Use this base as a template to cut a duplicate base out of plywood which will later be used as a lid to your box.

Place sculpture on the melamine wood base (smooth side up) and use plumbers putty to fill gaps between sculpture and wood.

Step 8: Apply Latex.

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Give a light coat of cooking spray to entire surface and base. You don't want any of the layers of latex to fully dry so start this process early and don't stop until you are fully completed. I started a bit late and ended up finishing into the middle of the night. Start painting on a thin layer of latex with a brush. I recommend doing this process in the sun and a fan blowing across the surface helps speed up dry time between layers. 

Cover the entire surface with latex as well as 2" around the perimeter on the base wood to work as the lip. You can proceed painting on thicker layers once each one has dried enough to not stick to your finger when touched.. Right after paining on my third coat I covered the entire sculpture with cheese cloth and slightly pushed it into the wet latex. This helps with strength and also allows you to paint on thicker coats without running down the side. Let it fully dry for a day or two. In total I did roughly six layers latex and two layers of cheese cloth in between as to try to give it more strength and get many uses out of it.

Step 9: Create a Barrier Between the Latex and Fiberglass.

Spray entire wooden base and sculpture with cooking spray.  Then using plastic wrap, lay long horizontal strips starting at the base working your way up while overlapping each layer until fully covered. You will want the entire wooden base and sculpture covered.  The last layer should be at the top. This will prevent fiberglass resin from bonding with the latex for easy removal of the latex glove.

Mist surface of plastic wrap with spray tack.  Then repeat the plastic wrap process again, but using aluminum foil this time.  Once fully covered, we can begin fiberglassing.

Step 10: Fiberglass.

In my original mold, I didn't use the layer of fiberglass and went straight to the foam. This worked good for about five castings then started to show signs of wear and cracking as there was nothing keeping the foam from breaking and chipping off.

Cut strips of fiberglass mat 4 inches wide by 12 inches.  You will need to estimate the number of strips according to the size of your casting.  Mix the fiberglass resin and activator per manufacturer directions, I think mine as 12 drops activator per 1 ounce of resin. Keep in mind not to make too large of a batch at one time as the resin dries fast.  

Using a brush, apply a layer resin to one section of the sculpture.  Then begin applying one strip of fiberglass mat at a time using the brush to fully saturate the mat painting another layer of resin over the top of the mat. As the chemical reaction begins to take place, the mat will soften and become more pliable.  You can then move the fibers around as needed to fully cover any voids.  Repeat this process until the entire sculpture and an extra 2-inch lip around the base is fully covered with fiberglass. 

You will need to do two layers of fiberglass making sure to lay the second layer in the opposite direction as the first layer.  Use the brush to poke out air bubbles.

Step 11: Build Your Box.

Using your wooden base as a guide, build the walls of your box around the sculpture and on top of the wooden base make it at least 3 inches above your highest point.   I used 2x2's to make a frame to attach the plywood walls.  Screw 2x2's to the base, but leave the screws accessible for removal in future steps.

Step 12: Foam Party!

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The foam I used expanded roughly 8 times its volume.  I made the mistake by trying to do this all in one pour and ended up having too much extra foam that needed to be trimmed down.  I suggest doing this step in two sessions keeping in mind that the foam will continue to rise for up to 5-6 hours or more depending on weather.

The 2-part foam gets mixed one to one and needs to be blended well.  Before pouring the foam, mist the inside of the box and the fiberglass with water.This helps the bonding process.

Starting at the base and deepest part of the box begin pouring in the foam making sure to cover the entire surface of the sculpture.  Make sure not to simply pour the foam in one spot, but rather slowly pour across the entire sculpture so that the foam will rise evenly across the surface.  

Let this dry over night. Estimate the amount of remaining foam you'll need to be level with the box walls and repeat the pouring process.

Right after pouring the last foam layer and before it has fully risen, screw the lid on to your box. Let it dry overnight.

Step 13:

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Remove screws connecting the 2x2 frame to the base. Once you're sure all screws have been removed, lift the box from the base and pry out the sculpture.

In the first version, I didn't use the cooking spray and plastic wrap/foil layer method and my original came out in pieces. Good thing my mold was in good shape to reproduce it.

Step 14: Reproduction

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Good job you got this far, pat yourself on the back now comes the easy part.
Here you can see version two of my box and it is about six years old . Still in tact after casting 15 or more sculptures. 

You'll need to first mix your concrete. For every 80 lb. bag of concrete, one shovel of Portland cement was used. We used a small concrete mixer, however I've also done this without a mixer using a wheel barrel, pick and shovel.  Mix your concrete, Portland cement and water (added slowly) until you have the consistency of thick clumpy oatmeal.

I recommend buying an extra bag or two of concrete for this first run until you figure out how many bags your mold takes to reproduce.

Spray inside of glove with cooking spray. Then start to shovel in the mixed concrete until you've reached the desired height.  I used a concrete vibrator to minimize air pockets and bubbles.  You can also tap around the outside of the box with a rubber mallet to try and raise air pockets to the surface.
bend rebar to resemble shape on photo.
Press bent rebar 3 inches into the concrete trying to center the rebar loop at the sculpture's center of gravity. 
Smooth out surface of concrete with a trowel and let dry for a week.

Step 15: Removing the Sculpture.

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Wait at least one week before attempting to remove the sculpture in order to allow sufficient time for curing and setting.  Our sculpture weighs approximately 350 lbs. so to lift this we used a come-along attached to a beam.  Carefully lift the sculpture using a come-along and use care setting it down. 

Step 16: Finished. or Move on to Staining and Sealing.

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You can leave the concrete sculpture as-is or stain and seal it depending on personal taste.  I chose to do acid-based stains and to seal with the same sealer I used earlier.  Apply stain lightly keeping in mind that the wet-look sealer will make the color look darker.  Once stain is fully dry you can then move on to the sealer. Apply two coats of sealer per the earlier step.

The statue looks best when placed popping out of vegetation so find a cool place in your yard to place it.

Enjoy and remember to vote for my Instructable in the casting/concrete contest!


poofrabbit (author)2013-08-31

Just wanted to say congratulations on being a finalists in the Concrete & Casting Contest! This was a fantastic instructable, I still just adore this (you were one of my votes)! Good luck!

Zdaddy (author)2013-08-28

This is a great job.

The image of Buddha is an inspiration. Personally to me it is my trigger, it is merely a reminder of loving kindness that he taught, and the middle way. This image can be anywhere, it will always serve its purpose.

I want to thank you for not taking this down. There are bigots that are telling you to take this down, bigots that act as if they own the Buddhist religion, that it is THEIRS not YOURS! This is completely against Buddhist teachings. These people also worship the idol of Buddha, they worship the clay, the copper, the iron, the concrete, the paper, the wax, the anything of Buddha and that is not Buddhism that is against Buddhas very teachings.

These people are no different than the hypocrite crusaders that went around killing in the name of their own idol. They are NOT practicing the teachings of their spiritual leaders.

A great man once said "First they ignore you, then they fight you then you win". You are on your way to winning. Thank you.

zmolina (author)2013-08-26

Great Instructable! Thank you!
Beautiful, whether Buddha, Jesus, or (your Deity here)...

Kiteman (author)2013-08-26

To all those complaing that this is somehow offensive, can I point out that the image of Buddha is not Buddha.

To those who follow the Abrahamic religions, to give the same respect to an image of their god as one would to their god is known as "idolatry", and a sin, so they will not be predisposed to understanding your opinion.

SMU79 (author)2013-08-25

Thank you. I am not artistic, but I can use sculptures I already have and follow the reproduction process. I did vote for you.

poofrabbit (author)2013-08-23

Holy cow this is awesome! GREAT step by step, I feel like with the materials I could go out and make something amazing. Thank you for posting!

poofrabbit (author)poofrabbit2013-08-23

Oh and I voted for ya good luck!!!

miamitreasure (author)2013-08-23

Oh my God. You amazed me at this skill. Great Work and thanks for Sharing!

kenbob (author)2013-08-23

OHHHHHHHMMMMMMM. Love this. Thanks!

dizzle1 (author)2013-08-23

Thanks Honus, this is my first Instructable and I kind of rushed putting it all together to enter it in the concrete casting contest. Since then I have made numerous different sculptures and more complicated two part molds. I love being inspired by this site and hope I can inspire a few of you. If you like this instructable PLEASE vote for me on the concrete casing challenge.

Honus (author)2013-08-23

Wow- that is amazing!

MakeItWithJason (author)2013-11-21

Thanks for the post. Here's my most recent Buddha sculpture:

sath02 (author)2013-08-23

Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people around the world.
Even though he was not God nor claim to be one. Buddhists always pay respect to images of the Buddha not to worship nor to ask for favors, but to bow and pray to the statue as an expression of the gratitude and respect.
The Buddha images has their places. We place the image on the shelf higher than our head, or in the temple.

I found that this instructable, especially in step 16 ( is disrespectful to the religion and all the Buddhists.
It is really sad, humiliate and disturbing.

To place the head of Buddha right on the ground and allow animal to climb up on top of the Buddha image. I can't imagine that the animal might have been doing something else to the Buddha image.

Kiteman (author)sath022013-09-29

I'm surprised not to see your comments all over this: LINK.

fungus amungus (author)2013-08-25

This is great! As for the offensiveness of it all, my relatives did a lot to spread Buddhism in the SF bay area and... I don't care.

I find the general icon worship a little distracting in general, but nothing to be upset about in this world which has so much more important stuff to be concerned about.

Zdaddy (author)fungus amungus2013-08-28

I really do not understand the 'offensive' nature of this. Please explain.

fungus amungus (author)Zdaddy2013-08-29

It's a response to the comments of others who were offended.

sath02 (author)fungus amungus2013-09-04

Who would that be may I ask?
It sound like you are targeting someone but you used pronoun that referred to all the "offender".
You also mentioned that you have relatives that spread Buddhism.
Have you ever ask them that this kind of act is offensive, or disrespect, or may be a discriminate against other people believe.
I can not believe that you, "Content Manager" of will show the "I don't care" attitude on the serious matter like this.

fungus amungus (author)sath022013-09-05

Nope, never asked them. They've all been dead for a while. It's come up in conversation a few times and the only response I've ever seen from relatives is a slight shrug. Just kinda funny that non-Buddhists would put a Buddha in their yard. That's it.

I still don't see it as offensive or disrespectful. Can't see it as any discrimination either.

Zdaddy (author)fungus amungus2013-08-30

I re-read what you said in light of this now I understand. :)

Looking at this entire page, we have to thank this artist because WE ARE ALL now talking about Buddha and Buddhism and hopefully many people that are offended have the opportunity to be aware of themselves with such poisonous emotions running so high.

sath02 (author)2013-09-02

I like to show these two images of how Buddhists pay respect to the Buddha images.
The Buddha images are the creation that remind all the Buddhists of his teaching to be a good person. And all the Buddhists practice their pray, pay respect to the Buddha images everyday. So they will not do the bad things.
The believers who create the Buddha image devote themselves with the spirit, and whole-heartedly believe that the Buddha image will remind peoples with the same believe to do good and live the happy live.
I'm quite certain that those who creating the Buddha images would protecting their creation from any disturbance of anyone or any animal.

It is sad to see that people who have no respect to another people believe, exploit the creation, by imitating them and doing it for a living, and selling them for his own profit.
Is this act not a discrimination against other race or religion?

@fungus amungus
It even sadder to see you, "content manager" at instructables, showing "I don't care." attitude. It's really hurt.
There are so many people expressed that the material is offensive, but you don't care.
As the content manager, you could do something to stop all of these "not nice" arguments, or war of words. But you choose not to care about how one hurt other, and not care about how one got hurt.

fungus amungus (author)sath022013-09-04

My point is that nobody should speak for all Buddhists. It's just not true. Saying that all followers of one religion feel the same way is just odd. So don't speak for others. If you're offended that's perfectly fine.

I still do not care if people use Buddha statues in their garden. Quite literally, these statues do not affect me one way or the other. If I can understand your frustration, please understand my own LACK of frustration. The world can handle multiple points of view.

I've seen statues like this in Japan as well. I've seen huge Buddha statues with lots of bird poop them. That's quite common, really. I'm fine with it since every single one still had good intentions behind it. We're not talking about the Buddhas of Bamiyan here.

dizzle1 (author)sath022013-09-03

Please reread everything that I have commented on and explain to me how anything that I said could be considered a "not nice comment" or "war of words"? Where did you read that this was for profit? These were gifts for friends, family and people who I have landscaped there yards. Did I make money selling you this instructable? How are you able to sleep knowing that all the box stores have at least a thousand Buddhas sitting on the floor waiting to sell for profit. Do a search on this site for Buddha and you will come up with this picture of box store Buddha on a kitchen table with a flashlight on his head next to some uncooked meat. Are all of you alright with that because I see no complaints on the comment section. Do I have to be a Buddhist to find peace and tranquility in his image? I admire Buddhism and the belief that everything you will ever need comes from within. You need to search you soul and figure out what is going on wrong in you life that has got you so bothered instead of jumping to conclusions and judging me. Thin skin gets easily bruised but hey what do I know right?

ewisuru (author)2013-08-26

Hey dizzle1,
What is your actual purpose of doing something like this? If you just wanted to show your techniques in designing sculptures you could have still do it without insulting other religions. If you had any other purpose, well... this is not the correct forum. I hope you have the correct attitudes to admit it and correct yourself.

Zdaddy (author)ewisuru2013-08-28

Why is it insulting? Because it is not 'his' religion? What would Buddha have said to such a thing?

ewisuru (author)Zdaddy2013-08-29

It is not about Buddha. This sculpture shows the head of a leader of a religion. Any human on earth should respect any religious leader whether he follows him or not. I don't need to describe why it is so. And keeping the head of such a person's 'head' on the garden floor...!!! Well, I see it as insulting. So it is not about 'his' religion but about 'his attitude' towards another religion. And to your last question, Buddha would not say anything about this. But that does not necessarily make this action ethical.

Zdaddy (author)ewisuru2013-08-29

He clearly said he was inspired by ancient Buddhist ruins.

There are beautiful gigantic statues depicting Buddha that are buried up to the chin, where only the head is showing. Or ruins where the statue is broken and only the head survived.

A garden is beautiful. The ground is just as beautiful. Its you and others that insist on ugliness and attach it to an idol. You are offended for the fact that this is an idol to you, what you say about him being the 'leader' is somewhat contradicting I think you know that.

I've attached an image for you, here is a very large head in a very large 'garden' so to speak. Having this on my desktop is offensive perhaps, too bad.
Another potentially offensive fact, Buddha would sleep on the ground many many times!! Yes he would! Even when enlightened, he was known to choose the 'dirty' 'ugly' 'offensive' ground. Stop insisting on treating Buddha as a king, he deliberately gave that up for a reason.

bkdhanushka (author)2013-08-29

@Zdaddy - Up to now Buddhist have done many things to protect Buddhism. If not you may not learn about Buddhism. You should be thanking for those who protect the Buddhism for this long. Just think Buddhism started to spread from India and back then majority of people were Buddhist. But tell me is it same as now. No now there are not much Buddhist in that country. What just happen.It was destroyed by other believers. Check the link. History will answer and history will teach us.
As a Buddhist I practice teachings of Buddha and I have not done any thing wrong here. What I done was show this poor person that what he done is wrong and this will spread a bad message.
Other thing is you dont know about the history of Buddhism that why you say "after 2000 years". Actually its over 2500 years now.

Zdaddy (author)bkdhanushka2013-08-29

This man spreads no message besides the image of Buddha, which should not be worshipped or idolized, the message is whatever one wishes. The message that you are spreading is 'offensive'. That is exactly what you are doing. Its not being idolized the way you like so you pounce on this person and you insist the message is offensive despite the reality.

And wikipedia is NOT a credible source of information. I am well aware of the history of Buddha and India.

For your information, Buddhism is part of a much longer and older traditions and Buddhism NEVER replaced the religions of India. Buddhism existed more prominently outside of India because India had hundreds of religions to begin with. There were empires and religions that lasted thousands of years. Buddhism became influential briefly when a few kings adopted it, when they died the influence went with them, and it spread more than staying. It spread everywhere around the world. India has a very rich history with hundreds of religions. Hinduism is the oldest longest running which Buddha was born into. Hinduism is 5,000 years old! And it incorporates Buddha as one of their deities till today! Buddha himself was MANY things before he became enlightened. When he learned of suffering he became Ascetic which is merely one of MANY ancient Indian traditions, and lived in misery for a period of his life. He realized it WAS NOT the way. He went from riches to dirt poor, from pure pleasure and bliss to pure suffering. Then he discovered the middle path and left the Ascetics. Actually some went with him.

You are VERY MUCH out of touch with Buddha's teachings. What you are 'protecting' is not Buddhism from what you are revealing. What you are protecting is Idols and Fundamentalism, it is exactly what Buddha preached against. What you are showing is suffering, you come from Victimhood and Victimhood is suffering. From Victims are born the opposite extremes which are Victimizers. And I can feel it from you from OVER HERE! First you insist on victimhood (you are offended, this man offended you despite the truth), then you become the victimizer, coming here like a police making demands. I can feel your rage and your anger, if you could you would deface this man's Buddha Head Statue yourself would you not? HOW UGLY that is.

You REALLY NEED to go back and FOCUS on Buddha's teachings. He first teaches of Suffering. Do you know what I speak? If you are Buddhist you must.

Reminder of the 4 noble truths:
1. Acknowledge Suffering (anxiety, stress, anger, sadness etc etc) which is when things never measure up to satisfaction. You are exhibiting this RIGHT NOW. Buddha calls these negative emotions POISONS. We wish to END suffering do we not? You are suffering right now.

2. Yearning for pleasure and in your case The desire to dominate over others, to control this person to tell him what to do, to tell others what to do with your idols, CONSERVATISM, to prevent change. Attachments, Fear of not getting what you want,

3. Suffering CAN end, its your choice. The end of suffering is Nirvana.

4. The way to end suffering is the 8 fold path.

If you have a Buddhist priest you can talk to I would suggest it right now and learn about the 8 fold path. You obviously are not practicing.

I'll be checking up on here for any messages for me. I really hope you get well my friend, you are Dukka (Suffering).

dizzle1 (author)2013-08-27

Again I apologize to anyone that was offended by my Instructable as that was my opposite intention. I am not going to remove this post because I am proud of the work I've done, I think it's beautiful and I created with no ill will in my heart.

I am also shocked at the amount of posts assuming I'm a follower of Jesus. I do not feel this is the proper forum that I should have to express my spiritual beliefs, but I would be totally un-offended if anyone were to create a giant Jesus head, etc. because I believe in freedom of expression as an artist and per my First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.

If anyone is insulted, you need not read my Instructable. You can move on to more important things I hope you have going in your life because creating this was certainly not intended to create controversy.

To those who appreciate my work, thank you.

Zdaddy (author)dizzle12013-08-29

Hang in there. The bigots will come out of the woodwork, let them, they will reveal their ugliness literally in the face of the very man they think they are protecting.

bkdhanushka (author)2013-08-29

Zdaddy yes I agree with all the things that you said about Buddhism and thank you for reminding them.
I will not hate him for what he done. I will never do that. But Im always try to protect Buddhism. Reason is that if the Buddhism will not protect then how come people like you and me in future will learn about Buddhism and learn the true meaning of life. I’m doing this without any hatred on this poor man.
Just think people who used Buddha to decorate their homes will never respect him and when some one tells them about Buddhism they will reply as" Buddha what you mean, that statue at my place. ha ha ha". Poor people like them will never learn the Buddhism and he will be a prisoner of Karma forever.
Anyway I will not ask again to remove this since I have done what I can.
Other thing is you should knw that Buddhist did nothing to insult other religions. Other who hate Buddhism and who try to insult Buddhism. One may say that you hate us because we see this as insult for followers of Buddhism.

Zdaddy (author)bkdhanushka2013-08-29

bkdhanushka, you brought a smile to me this morning. Thank you!

I went to bed last night wondering "am I to be afraid of the wrath of Buddhists?"
The answer overwhelmed me with a very clear and definate "NO".

I do not fear buddhists, I fear bigots, I fear people that use religion in the name of their crimes, they use deities in the the name of their bigotry and hatred, their subjugation of other humans. I fear Fundamentalists. This is not what Buddhism is, even if they use Buddha in the name.

I learned about Buddha through more than just oral teachings. I am thankful for depictions of him. Every depiction of Buddha that I have seen has always been with no mal-intent. Buddhism does not need you to 'protect' it because there is no attack on Buddhism.

What I sense is Jealousy, you see this statue and it makes you think of your country and your people, you feel as though this man has no right to it.

Your negative emotion is exactly what Buddha teaches to cope with! This is an opportunity for you to look deep within yourself and question your feelings. It is not this man's fault that you feel this way, you are responsible for your feelings. I'm not telling you to not feel it, you should feel it, acknowledge it, then MOST IMPORTANTLY LET GO!!!! Buddha teaches this, he has been teaching this for over 2000 years!

You think that after 2000 years his image suddenly needs 'protecting'?

amj1984 (author)2013-08-25

I'm buddhist but not kind of an extream buddhist and for me, a buddha's statue/image was not so important to me. (it just a "thing", not an essence of our religion) But I'm also curious, why always buddha's head? Why not a Jesus's head? WHY?

Zdaddy (author)amj19842013-08-28

Personally I find it beautiful. What is wrong with Beauty?

Kiteman (author)amj19842013-08-26

Partly because there is no real consensus on what Jesus looked like, and no major tradition of representing him as a statue.

bkdhanushka (author)2013-08-27

@dizzle1 try to understand this. Some people do such things to insult Buddha. You may not think like that but people who need to insult Buddhism will used your creation. Further people who dont know Buddhism will think Buddha as something that they can used as what your created above and lost respect for this great person.
You still can remove this and build some thing that will not hurt others and show your real talent.

mstar (author)2013-08-27

I was going to post my instructable for building a life sized animatronic Jesus doing the funky chicken dance across my roof as a Christmas decoration but after all the flack you got for your giant Buddha head I think I'll pass.

sakmara (author)2013-08-26

Can you make the Jesus Head Garden Sculpture ?

bkdhanushka (author)2013-08-25

You may not a religious person but people who believe in Buddhism will not accept this. Why didnt you build the head of Jesus like this.You didnt because you believe him. You respect him. Why dont you build a head of your own father? Same reason ha...
This is a insult for Buddhism. If can remove this.

zinccut (author)2013-08-25

Sure you have a gift, But i'm afraid to say you are using it to offend something you don't even begin to understand, Buddha is a secret person and, people who made original statues they just did't made the head. Keeping it in your bathrooms. In front of Pool or anywhere except a proper place, it's just wrong. your Thailand trip got wasted friend, Try sculpturing JESUS or someone else. I Personally do not approve this Instructable Sorry

sdesilva (author)2013-08-25

You have amazing talent.But please don't do this kind of thinks.Because Load Buddha was a great person. All Buddhist respect to Load Buddha. Load Buddha is a not to use create some beautiful places . Which means we all worship Load Buddha. I think you can understand what I am talking. You can use Load Buddha statue with respect and worship.We all Buddhist peoples respect your talent. But your talent is not useful for insult some religious. We place the image or statue of the Load Buddha on the shelf higher than our head.I think you can better understand and do the reconstruction of your amazing talent.Thanks.

j0m3r (author)2013-08-25

Buddha is respected by Buddhist, You may not Buddhist but are you sure this is appropriate? We never use head of Jesus sculpture to decorate the garden. You have been in Thailand you should know Thai people respect Buddha.

dizzle1 (author)2013-08-23

I am not a religious person no do I try to claim to be. I made this as a reminder to have love and peace within and to self reflect on my life. If anyone got offended with the image of my dads dog, that was not my purpose. Sorry to whoever found this instructable "sad, humiliating and disturbing"."May all sentient beings be in equanimity, free of bias, attachment and anger".

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