Buddhas in 3-D: Technology and the battle to preserve Asia's heritage
Viewers look at a digital representation of a 1,500 year old Buddhist grotto.
January 15th, 2013
05:41 AM ET

Buddhas in 3-D: Technology and the battle to preserve Asia's heritage

By Katie Hunt, for CNN

Hong Kong (CNN) - A darkened room in a Hong Kong university building is an unlikely portal into an ancient world.

But with the touch of an iPad Mini, the space is digitally transformed into a 1,500-year-old Buddhist grotto. Its walls decorated with exquisite but faded paintings of enlightened beings, dancers and musicians.

Another swipe and a pair of 3-D glasses brings the cave to life.

- A. Hawkins

Filed under: Art • Buddhism • Technology

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Milton


    January 16, 2013 at 5:11 pm |

    Buddha bless you.

    January 15, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
  3. Banjo Ferret

    One can only imagine Tim the Destroyer of Worlds in glorious 3-D. As if his majestic image wasn't frightening enough. I cannot wait to see the looks on the faces of horrified children. Ferretianism is the one true religion. Repent! (banjoferret d c)

    January 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Saraswati

    Cool technology – kudos to these folks.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
  5. People keep your dieties

    I don't mind dieties, I like them all. They are all okay by me. Keep your culture, keep your traditions, keep your beliefs and be who you are. I will not protest your spirituality.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
  6. truth be told

    Although Buddism is not the true faith it is much preferred to a self deluded atheism that is founded and advanced on the lies of its adherents.

    January 15, 2013 at 8:56 am |
    • Reality

      Let theTruth Be Told:

      The Apostles' / Agnostics’ Creed 2013 (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians of the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      (References used are available upon request.)

      January 15, 2013 at 11:49 am |
    • Banjo Ferret

      Everyone knows that Ferretianism is the one true religion. Repent or be cast into the Pit of Despair! (banjoferret d c)

      January 15, 2013 at 10:20 pm |

      Buddha bless you.

      January 15, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
    • Stan

      Fucking idiot.

      January 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
  7. It is Called

    All media channels have to get the message straight.
    Which one below is true ?
    Creation Adam and Eve/bible ?
    Human Evolution ?
    Clue below.
    A pebble and a cave.... BREAKING NEWS: Need phone and plastic money to BACK in cave !!!
    The Oldest Rock In The World Tells Us A Story ... larger rock, and when scientists checked, it turns out this little grain formed around 4.4 billion years ago. ... After all, this planet, geologists say, is only 4.5 or 4.6 billion years old.

    January 15, 2013 at 7:49 am |
  8. Reality

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    January 15, 2013 at 6:49 am |

      Fat Buddha bless you.

      January 15, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
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