The Buddha Eden Garden in Portugal

A visit to the garden

About the founder

Joe Berardo (José Manuel Rodrigues Berardo) is a Portuguese business man, born in Madeira Islands in 1944. He worked hard to make his fortune (the second one in Portugal) after he emigrated to South Africa and nowadays he has interests and businesses all over the world.

He always loved art and invested on it. Now he has a lot of valuable collections and some of them can be visited online on The Berardo Collection site, where you can also read about his life and passions.

Because of his interest in arts and culture, he was shocked when in 2001, the Talian government destroyed the Giant Bamyan Buddhas. considering them "idols" what is forbidden under Sharia law.

Those Buddhas were sculpted in the rocks of the valley of Bamyan in central Afghanistan and they were always been a cultural and spiritual reference being considered World Heritage by UNESCO.

Comendador Berardo decided than to create an Oriental Garden in honor of the lost Buddhas, in a propriety he owns, called Quinta dos Loridos. Not for religious interest but so people could enjoy a peaceful and beautiful place where they could not only rest but also meditate about big world and humanity issues.That is also a reason why the Buddha Eden is also called Garden of Peace.

"This is a non-profit cultural institution in the service of the national and international community, whose mission is to sensitize the visitor to self-consciousness through this garden in dialogue with a vast sculptural heritage, predisposed for meditation and the promotion of social and cultural interaction, as the principles of solidarity and human dignity"

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Tsunamy 6 years ago

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