Tibetan monks find peace, transience in grains of sand
05/11/2013 18:16 (GMT+7)
About 15 years ago, Barbara Reeves of Cary visited the N.C. Museum of Art where Tibetan monks meticulously built what is commonly known as a sand mandala – an elaborate artwork designed from crushed marble that had been dyed many colors.
Indigenous Buddhists celebrate Probarana today
20/10/2013 18:37 (GMT+7)
The indigenous people of Buddhist faith in Bandarban will start to celebrate the three-day Probarana Purnima, the second largest festival in the religion, today.

Mythic Symbols of Fortune and Character
05/10/2013 10:47 (GMT+7)
Since the parasol tree was believed to be appealing to the phoenix, the Chinese people venerated it as an auspicious symbol. There are records dating as early as the Book of Odes. Zheng Xuanjian of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25 – 220 CE) stated: “the phoenix stops on no trees other than the parasol tree”. Yao Jiheng said in the Introduction of the Book of Odes: “The parasol tree grew in the high mountain facing the sun. The phoenix stopped on the parasol tree and sang. Today, we use the phoenix to mean the high mountain and the parasol tree to mean the sun”. Therefore, the phoenix follows the parasol tree as the mountain’s apex follows the sun. 
Tripitaka Festival Showcases Buddhist Marvel
28/09/2013 17:05 (GMT+7)
A festival began Thursday celebrating the Tripitaka Koreana, a priceless collection of Buddhist scripture that is currently housed at Haein Temple in South Gyeongsang Province. It will run until Nov. 9.

28/09/2013 16:36 (GMT+7)
Buduruwagala is an ancient buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to the 10th century. The gigantic Buddha statue still bears traces of its original stuccoed robe and a long streak of orange suggests it was once brightly painted. The central of the three figures to the Buddha’s right is thought to be the Buddhist mythological figure-the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. To the left of this white painted figure is a female figure in the thrice-bent posture, which is thought to be his consort-Tara.
Film on Buddhism’s journey across Asia to be screened in Delhi
25/09/2013 11:38 (GMT+7)
A new film traces the spread of Buddhism from India to ASEAN countries. Noted art historian Benoy K. Behl will screen a documentary titled Culture of Compassion: Buddhism in India and ASEAN countries at India Habitat Centre in Delhi on Sunday. The film shows the spread of Buddhism from India to other South Asian countries. Mr. Behl travelled to Bodh Gaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment.

Down to the Bone: Duality, Mortality and Impermanence in Tibetan Buddhist Arts and Ritual
22/09/2013 10:18 (GMT+7)
The Society for Asian Art presents a talk with Tamara Hill on the wrathful, ironic, and amusing depictions of skeletons, bones, and skulls in Tibetan Tantric Buddhist arts and rituals.
50,000 expected at lantern festival
19/09/2013 15:17 (GMT+7)
September 17-- PETALING JAYA: About 50,000 people are expected to attend the Chempaka Buddhist Lodge's Mid-Autumn Festival celebration on Saturday.

Celebrating Buddhism, films and art
04/09/2013 11:38 (GMT+7)
To explore Buddhism’s intricate link between India and South-East Asia, festival organiser Aruna Vasudev is all set to host a five-day-long “The Inner Path: Festival of Buddhism” at the Indian Council for Cultural Relations here beginning this Friday.
Japanese Art and the Warrior Monk: Benkei, Buddhism and power of the Shinto faith
27/08/2013 12:04 (GMT+7)
Saito no Musashibo Benkei was born in 1155 and passed away in 1189. However, despite passing away relatively young he left a lasting impression which continues today in modern Japan.

'Buddha's Faces' in Regmi's painting exhibition
25/08/2013 10:52 (GMT+7)
People having interest in Buddhist philosophy have been attracted to the exhibition of paintings entitled ‘Buddha’s Faces’ by artist Sandhya Regmi. This is her seventh solo painting exhibition, state-owned news agency RSS reports.
Visiting monks offer public primer on Buddhist beliefs in New Canaan
21/08/2013 18:24 (GMT+7)
After a tumultuous musical performance capped a night of Buddhist philosophy and music at Silver Hill Hospital, Tenpa Phuntsok sat cross-legged inside of a cordoned-off area where a world peace mandala was being carefully constructed from colored sand on the floor.

Tibetan culture on display during Shoton Festival
15/08/2013 17:01 (GMT+7)
The Shoton Festival, which ended Monday in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, featured multiple displays of Tibetan culture, including opera performances and exhibitions of painted scrolls and Tibetan calligraphy.
Three-story Stone Pagoda of Goseonsa Temple
06/08/2013 21:05 (GMT+7)
This pagoda was built at the old site of Goseonsa Temple, where Wonhyodaesa, one of the greatest Buddhist priests, was the chief priest.

2nd Century Bodhisattva statue to lead Buddhist art exhibition
27/07/2013 11:10 (GMT+7)
A statue of a Bodhisattva from the 2nd Century will star at Sotheby's NY in September.
Hanging Monastery
22/07/2013 09:50 (GMT+7)
The Hanging Temple, also Hanging Monastery or Xuankong Temple (simplified Chinese: 悬空寺; traditional Chinese: 懸空寺; pinyin: Xuánkōng Sì) is a temple built into a cliff (75 m or 246 ft above the ground) near Mount Heng in Hunyuan County, Datong City, Shanxi province, China. The closest city is Datong, 64.23 kilometers to the northwest. Along with the Yungang Grottoes, the Hanging Temple is one of the main tourist attractions and historical sites in the Datong area.

Top 10 celebrity Buddhists
20/07/2013 16:48 (GMT+7)
When we started putting this list together it seemed like it was going to be nothing more than a shallow, trivial — although perhaps welcome — distraction from all the news about disastrous wars and sordid political scandals, but as we dug deeper into the web we found that we felt at times inspired by reading about the practice of famous Buddhists, some of whom have had their trials. We hope that you too will be inspired — and entertained — by Wildmind’s Top Ten List of Celebrity Buddhists.
Greco Buddhist art evidences in Kashmir - I
01/07/2013 17:40 (GMT+7)
When Greeks occupied North-Western regions of India and Kashmir, a famous school of Grecio-Buddhist art was specially patronized. This school was established by Bactrian-Greeks at Gandhara, modern Khandhar in 1st century B.C. Greco-Buddhist art is the artistic manifestation of Greco-Buddhism, a cultural syncretism between the Classical Greek culture and Buddhism, which developed over a period of close to 1000 years in Central Asia, between the conquests of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC and the Islamic conquests of the 7th centuryAD.

Monks Make Mandala at Unity of Fairfax
30/06/2013 20:19 (GMT+7)
June 30 --Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a mandala sand painting and perform related ritual ceremonies July 23-28 at Unity of Fairfax Church, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton (www.unityoffairfax.org). The sand painting and performances are part of The Mystical Arts of Tibet world tour (www.mysticalartsoftibet.org). From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days to form the image of a mandala, which is then dismantled as a symbol of impermanence. To date the monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers and colleges and universities in the United States and Europe including the Arthur Sackler Gallery, Washington and the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. They also created healing mandalas in New York and Washington, D.C., following the 09/11 terrorist attacks.
Lion Capital of Asoka (Ashokmudra)
17/06/2013 22:03 (GMT+7)
The Lion capital of Ashoka is a sculpture of four “Indian lions” standing back to back. It was originally placed atop the Aśoka pillar at Sarnath, now in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The pillar, sometimes called the Aśoka Column is still in its original location, but the Lion Capital is now in the Sarnath Museum. This Lion Capital of Ashoka from Sarnath has been adopted as the National Emblem of India and the wheel “Ashoka Chakra” from its base was placed onto the center of the National Flag of India.

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