Restored Abayagiriya Stupa Unveiled by Sri Lanka’s President
04/08/2015 17:08 (GMT+7)
A restoration project that took 18 years has finally come to an end. On 31 July, Sri Lanka’s president Maithripala Sirisena hosted a puja, or prayer ritual, to unveil the restored Abayagiriya Chaithya (stupa) and to declare the site open to the public. Directed by Sri Lanka’s Central Cultural Fund (CCF), the project cost a total of Rs519.5 million (US$3.9 million).
Archaeologists Work to Conserve “The World’s Largest Book” in Mandalay
03/08/2015 21:56 (GMT+7)
Archaeologists from Australia’s University of Sydney and the Nan Tien Institute in New South Wales are on a conservation mission to clean and document the hundreds of marble stelae—sometimes referred to as the world’s largest book—at Kuthodaw Pagoda in Mandalay, Myanmar.

The Wonders of Kham and Larung Gar
01/08/2015 11:12 (GMT+7)
Traveling to the town of Larung Gar in the traditional Tibetan region of Kham was for me a mini-pilgrimage in itself. Larung Gar Buddhist Institute, founded in 1980 by Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, is probably the largest religious institute in the world and is situated in quite a remote area— the closest major airport is in Chengdu, 24 hours away by road, which is probably why I met very few other foreign travelers during my visit there this spring. During my journey overland from Chengdu I passed through many scenic Tibetan villages and had a growing feeling of stepping back in time.
South Korea Returns Stolen Buddhist Statue to Japan
24/07/2015 21:02 (GMT+7)
A standing bronze statue of the Tathagata Buddha, one of two ancient Buddhist statues stolen from Japan three years ago by South Korean thieves and designated an important cultural property by the Japanese government, has been returned to the island city of Tsushima in Japan’s Nagasaki Prefecture, the city office said.

“Shifting Stones, Shaping the Past: Sculpture from the Buddhist Stupas of Andhra Pradesh” – Book Review
13/07/2015 09:39 (GMT+7)
The exciting and thought-provoking new book “Shifting Stones, Shaping the Past: Sculpture from the Buddhist Stupas of Andhra Pradesh,” by University of Illinois assistant professor Catherine Becker, divides conveniently into two sections, the first part examining the major early Buddhist remains in Andhra Pradesh and the second focusing on the social context of newly built Buddhist monuments in the state. The modern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh faces the Bay of Bengal, sandwiched between Tamil Nadu to the south and West Bengal to the north. The country’s long coastline never figured into the Buddha’s life story and therefore Andhra Pradesh was never included among the major pilgrimage destinations, such as Bodh Gaya in Bihar or Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh. Nevertheless, Buddhism took firm root in ancient Andhra Pradesh, starting from as early as the 2nd century BCE.
Zen and the Art of Tea Drinking—an Exhibition at the Freer
18/02/2015 17:26 (GMT+7)
There is a painting in the Freer Gallery of Art’s current exhibition, Zen, Tea, and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan, that beautifully symbolizes the remarkable cultural exchange and synthesis that occurred in East Asia between the 12th and 16th centuries. The painting Bodhidharma Crossing the Yangzi on a Reed is a copy by a 15th-century Japanese artist of an earlier Chinese painting of the 5th/6th-century Indian patriarch of meditational Buddhism, Bodhidharma. Meditational Buddhism, or dhyana, was transmitted by Bodhidharma from India to China, where it was known as Chan and practiced by thousands of followers and particularly in the southeast, an area where tea was grown and drunk by Chan monks to help them stay awake during meditation. When Japanese Buddhists learned of this practice many traveled to China to study it, drank plenty of Chinese tea, and then transmitted both traditions back to Japan. Just as Bodhidharma supposedly floated along the river on a reed, Chan Buddhism and powdered tea drinking were carried across land and sea from one culture to another, landing in Japan in the late 12th century and changing its culture forever.

A new buddha statue in East Idalpur Buddhist Temple. From Dhammainfo
30/05/2014 21:08 (GMT+7)
Recently, when an initiative to erect a 10-foot Buddha statue at the Ajalcuga Forest Temple in Rangamati district of Bangladesh was raised, there was strong opposition from the local state forces and administration. The district administration imposed 144 prohibitive rules indefinitely and claimed these areas in protected forests were out of bounds for building any kind of settlement. At the same time, there was an attempt at depriving the Buddhists and some indigenous organizations in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of their right to build religious structures on their land.
Soka Gakkai’s ‘Buddhist in America’ Videos: The Spiritual Heart on Camera
25/05/2014 22:25 (GMT+7)
“Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.” Chanting the praises of the Lotus Sutra with her eyes closed and hands clasped together, Naima Mora allows her spiritual world to unfold in front of the camera. One might recognize her as the sweet dancing girl from Detroit, or the winner of America’s Next Top Model in 2005. In the short video, the 30-year-old model talks about her childhood, career, ups and downs in life, and her Buddhist faith. It reveals her struggles and how she rose above them. It is a peek into the life of this established model and happy-go-lucky soul. As of today, Mora’s video has received more than 31,000 views on YouTube.

Art exhibition held in Vietnam to celebrate UN Day of Vesak
02/05/2014 23:56 (GMT+7)
An art exhibition for charitable purposes opened on Monday at the showroom of the Ho Chi Minh City Fine Arts Association to celebrate the United Nations (UN) Day of Vesak 2014 in Vietnam.
Tree Ordination Gaining Popularity in Theravada Countries
27/02/2014 23:00 (GMT+7)
Feb 27 -- As deforestation ravages large parts of the earth, Buddhist monks in some Theravada countries have invented an interesting and innovative method of preserving the ecology. This is a newly adopted feature in the Buddhist rituals, which were not practiced by the earliest generation of Buddhists. Kishani Samaraweera of Sri Lanka’s The Nation reports that this initiative was first taken by a group of “ecology monks” in Thailand. The reporter further states that monks also practice this in Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. At present, this is widely practiced in Thailand.

$40M Buddhist temple project in jeopardy after Ontario government approves windfarm next to it
23/02/2014 13:25 (GMT+7)
Ontario, Canada -- The Cham Shan temple project on the Oak Ridges Moraine in rural eastern Ontario is a massive network of four proposed Buddhist temples linked by pilgrimage trails to symbolize the four sacred Chinese mountains, each representing a Bodhisattva, or enlightened one.
Sri Lanka is lush and historic
21/02/2014 12:11 (GMT+7)
February 20 -- Sri Lanka's ancient cities, Buddhist remnants and natural beauty, made us relish every moment of this tour.

Vietnam's Buddhism themed theme park
19/02/2014 14:14 (GMT+7)
Feb 18 -- Believe it or not, Vietnam is home to the world's first ever amusement park that is decked out in a Buddhism theme.
Photo exhibition celebrates Buddhist spirituality
14/02/2014 22:41 (GMT+7)
February 14 -- Acclaimed French photographer Daniel Cordonnier will charm Bangkok’s art scene with his pioneering photography starting Feb 26.

Buddhist Exhibition To Be Held in Phnom Penh in Mid-February
07/02/2014 16:30 (GMT+7)
Feb 06 -- AKP Phnom Penh: India is going to hold a five-day Buddhist exhibition in Phnom Penh in mid-February for the public and Buddhist monks to learn more about the value and heritage of Buddhism.
Make a pilgrimage to Saigon through famous temples
31/01/2014 02:24 (GMT+7)
Jan 30 -- VietNamNet Bridge: To pray for a good new year, you should go to the Ngoc Hoang temple on Mai Thi Luu Street, District 1. To enjoy a view and pray for peace, you should visit the Vinh Nghiem Pagoda.

1400-Year-Old Buddhist Temple Discovered in China
09/12/2013 14:12 (GMT+7)
December 08 - A 1,400-year-old Buddhist temple, built during the Northern Qi Dynasty, has been discovered in north China's Shanxi Province, which arcahelogists say may help shed light on the early Buddha carvings.
Traveller's Guide: Bhutan
08/12/2013 12:45 (GMT+7)
December 07-- Bhutan stirs a misty-eyed yearning in even the most seasoned travellers. Roughly the size of Switzerland, this diminutive mountain kingdom is wedged between China and India, sloping from heights of 7,000m on its northern border with Tibet to the relatively low-lying altitudes of its border with India. It's a remote Buddhist stronghold of soaring, Himalayan peaks; tranquil countryside dotted with traditional farmhouses, monasteries and temples, claret-robed monks, fluttering prayer flags; and fast flowing slate-coloured rivers. The Bhutanese call it Druk Yul or Land of the Thunder Dragon in their native tongue, Dzongkha.

Shrine a clue to Buddhist origins
26/11/2013 12:25 (GMT+7)
November 26 - A team of British archaeologists has played a key role in a breakthrough discovery into the origins of the Buddhist religion.
Buddhist Spectrum: Katina Cheevara Pooja of Malwatte Maha Vihara
07/11/2013 09:25 (GMT+7)
November 07-- Ven. Mahopadyaya Agga Maha Panditha Aluthgama Dhammananda Nayaka Thera, Senior Member, Karaka Sabha of Malwatte Chapter with the assistance of Sri Sangharaja Gunanusmarana Sangamaya, its Kantha Sangamaya and the Dayakas of Thumpone Pansala held the annual Katina Cheevara Pooja Pinkama of Malwatte Maha Viharaya at Sri Saranankara Sangharaja Commemoration Hall of Thumpane Pansala recently.

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