Chen Min-Fong──The Sculptor of Buddhist Statues Who Chose to Remain in Taiwan

After sculpturing Buddhist statues for more than 30 years, how should one feel about it? I could not really tell. But I do give it some thoughts: Sakyamuni has been staying in nirvana for over two thousand years, how come his spirit is still cultivating all living creatures? Is it true that Buddhist statues can really help people to practice the teachings of the Buddha and calm down their uneasy minds? If so, then the sculpturing of Buddhist statues is not simply an occupational interest, but also a mission.

1947 Born in Miaoli, Taiwan. 1962 Apprenticed to Mr. Lyu Chang-Jin. 1965 Began teaching woodcarving and founded Huang Mun. 1989 Participated in the Kaohsiung Celebrity Wood-sculpture Exhibition. 1991 Participated in the Golden Cicada Wood-sculpture Exhibition at Kaohsiung Culture Center. 2001 Participated in the Exhibition of Contemporary Religious Art Sculptures

Representative Works
Representative Works Sitting statue of Guanyin Bodhisattva of a Thousand Arms and Eyes in Lingguang Temple, Banciao; total height 10 Taiwanese feet. Sitting statue of Guanyin Bodhisattva of a Thousand Arms in Ciyun Temple, Sanchong; total height 6 Taiwanese feet. Standing statue of Dizan Bodhisattva in Rensheng Dizang Temple, Puli; total height 14 Taiwanese feet. Half statue of Dizan Bodhisattva in Yuanchao Temple, Kaohsiung; total height 8 Taiwanese feet 6 Taiwanese inches. Medicine Buddha (Yaoshi Buddha) in Golden Pagoda Buddhist Temple, Singapore; total height 10 Taiwanese feet. Guanyin Bodhisattva of Eleven Faces, Tokyo Daioh Temple, Japan; total height 9 Taiwanese feet. Vairocana (Dari Buddha) in Muryo Temple, Saitama Prefecture, Japan; total height 10 Taiwanese feet. Samantabhadra (Puxian Bodhisattva) in Fo Guang Shan Nanhua Temple, South Africa; total height 7 Taiwanese feet 8 Taiwanese inches. The three major Buddhas (Sanbaodafo) in Fo Guang Shan Nanhua Temple, South Africa; total height 15 Taiwanese feet. Cundhi Bodhisattva in Cundhi Temple; total height 6 Taiwanese feet.




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