|Bezeklik ancient Buddhist rock-cut temple monastery complex (chinatouronline.com)|
|Tiger's Nest Buddhist Monastery perched on cliff, Bhutan (MichaelFoleyPhotography/flickr)|
|Rock-cut Buddha, Luoyang Shaolin Temple, taken during the "Kung Fu and Buddhism Tour by Cycle" through China in 2013 (Great-wall-hikers/flickr.com)|
|Kwan Yin, Yungang (G-W-H)|
|Mountain-sized Buddhas, Bamiyan|
There are stunning examples in the spectacular Afghan archeological sites of Bamiyan and Mes Aynak, the jaw-dropping caves of Ellora and Sanchi in Buddhist India, and China's Bezeklik and Yungang grottoes.... Of course, one cannot lose sight of the official "largest" Buddhist sites in Borobudur, Java, Indonesia and the rock-cut marvels of the Cambodian jungles at Angkor Wat and "lost medieval cities" (livescience.com) such as Mahendraparvata discovered in 2013. We are assured by the enlightened and psychic Buddhist master Ven. Jumnien that more such stone sites remain in the jungle to be found.
|Giant and Buddhist missionaries Datong, Yungang Grottoes (Great-wall-hikers/flickr.com)|
|Magnificent rock-cut architectural finds: stupa at Mes Aynak, Afghanistan (ranajitpal.com)|
|"Copper Well" (Mes Aynak), Afghanistan mineral mine treasures (AP)|
|World's largest Buddhas, Bamiyan, Afghanistan|
|Bojjannakonda cave (Adityamadhav83/AP)|
|Cliffside Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan, overlooking adobe "pueblos" in the distance (wiki)|
Much of desert western China features magnificent rock-cut Buddhist architecture which is little known today. Islam supplanted the Dharma and obscured its Buddhist past. Much of the architecture is now in a part of the Great Walled Empire (China), known as the restive Uighur Autonomous Region. Like Buddhist Tibetans from the Tibetan Autonomous Region, Muslim Uygurs want nothing to do with colonial communist/capitalist Han Buddhist Chinese rule.
|Buried treasures at Mes Aynak (Andy Miller)|
However, most of it is still underground as an archeological site never to be excavated if China (through its Chinese Metallurgy Company) has its way. China will be the next empire to invade Afghanistan, according to Afghans, after the ancient Greeks with Alexander, the British, the Soviets, and the Americans.
- Scientific research in "forbidden archeology" suggests that technologically advanced tools were in the possession of someone as explained by Micheal Cremo, David Hatcher Childress, and others.
|Buddha Grottoes, China (Great-wall-hikers)|
Dazzling new finds from Mes Aynak and Tepe Naranj near Kabul
|Mes Aynak vihara, Trapusa (Brent E. Huffman)|
|Smaller Buddha, Bamiyan|
|Gold-covered statues of "Copper Well" (Mes Aynak) archeological site, Afghanistan|