Oakland Buddha Statue

Oakland Buddha Statue

Podcast: Criminal, Episode 15 “He’s Neutral”

Extra Adventures: Point Reyes, solar eclipse

This is us. We’re Terry and Kris, best friends and podcast fans who love to travel.

Recently we decided to combine our love of adventures with our love of podcasts and visit places we heard mentioned on our favorite podcasts and the share our stories here.

We thought we’d start with the Oakland Buddha statue because it was featured on our all-time favorite podcast, Criminal, and we’d talked about doing it for a long time. It was part of a bigger trip that took us up the California coast from Orange County to Point Reyes. We hit a few podcast locations along they way but we were most excited to see finally see the Buddha statue.

The Buddha statue sits in a downtown Oakland neighborhood and was placed there when one of the residents got fed up with people dumping trash on an empty corner. Phoebe Judge tells the story much better than we could so check out episode 15 of Criminal.

The Buddha was pretty easy to find following directions we found on Atlas Obscura. Since the Buddha statue was placed on the corner, the local Buddhist community has embraced it, adding a shelter, decorations, and other statues. It was pretty cool to see it in person after hearing the story on the podcast.



Here we are standing in the middle of the road in front of the statue, proudly rocking our Criminal shirts. Shortly after we took this picture people showed up to pray at the statue. It was good to see how well taken care of it is.


The day we visited the Buddha was the same day as the solar eclipse. On our drive to Oakland from where we had been staying in Fulton we stopped along the road just outside of Los Gatos to see the apex of the eclipse. Lots of other cars were doing the same thing as us and we had an awesome view.

Also on our way to Oakland we stopped up at Point Reyes to see the tree tunnel. We actually got lost for awhile which turned out to be a bit of an adventure. We were looking for a cheese place (that turned out to be a lie) and lost cell reception for awhile. We eventually came across an oyster bar along the bay and asked some people for direction. They were super friendly with an equally friendly dog they told us they rescued while on vacation (let’s be real, we were mostly excited about the dog. Any day we get to pet a dog is a good day). After getting directions we were off again, laughing about how people can still get lost in 2017. We found our way to the Point Reyes National Seashore (yeah, we didn’t know that was a thing either) and the tree tunnel. The tree tunnel is on a road that leads down to an old abandoned administration building which was super interesting.

Overall, it was pretty good day. We saw some trees, got lost in the hills, and were beyond excited to finally see the Buddha statue in person. Next time: Colma, CA!