The goal of my research has always been to answer questions: Why was that made? Who made it? How was it made? For what purpose? As an educator, I know that my primary role is to take these smaller questions and wrap them in more complex theoretical constructs. Yet while the questions are limitless, the answers are finite. Historical evidence of a textual or material sort simply does not exist to supply them. I have reached the end of my digging on questions related to Baodingshan even though undoubtedly more answers may yet be found.

To that end, I am sharing here my entire body of work related to the site. Begun in 1993, this encompasses 20+ years of research, writing, and presenting on Baodingshan. Texts are here made available along with Powerpoints, images arranged by tableau, and an integrated interactive text and image virtual tour that puts the many images into a coherent whole and includes Chinese transcribed texts from within the site as well as my English translations. My rationale for posting it all here is that it may prove useful to both those simply interested as well as those highly knowledgeable.

In addition to using them online, all of the materials can be simply downloaded by ‘right-clicking [PC]’ or ‘control-clicking [Mac]’ and saving them to your desktop. The Great Buddha Bend Interactive Tour and Walking Tour are both mobile-friendly and should be available for use both in the classroom or on site. 

Reproduction of the images or text translations must be appropriately credited. Use of any of the materials for non-educational purposes or in “for-profit” circumstances is not allowed except by permission. Please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns or comments and enjoy your time at Baodingshan!

Karil J Kucera