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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Links about Budda Eden Garden
- Buddha Eden - Quinta dos Loridos Photo Gallery by Dias dos Reis at pbase.com
Very nice photos of the Garden of Peace
- Buddha Eden Garden in the Loridos Farm Photo | TrekEarth
This photo from the TrekEarth travel gallery is titled 'Buddha Eden Garden in the Loridos Farm Photo'.
Links about the Bamian Buddha Statues
- Earliest Oil Paintings Found in Famed Afghan Caves
Buddhists were using sophisticated oil and resin paints at least a hundred years before Europeans, a new analysis of the Bamiyan caves reveals.
- Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
UNESCO World Heritage Centre
- Bamyan, Afghanistan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Carl Montgomery Blog Archive Bamiyan, Afghanistan. From the Taliban to the Buddhas
Most people travel to forget about their petty little problems for a while. I travel to be reminded my problems are indeed petty and small. Carl Montgomery
- Buddhas of Bamyan photos and history
Pictures represent Buddhas of Bamiyan in Afghanistan, buddhist art and history.
- Buddhas of Bamyan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamyan Valley*
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