Tokyo bar offers cocktail and Buddhism
06/04/2013 11:15 (GMT+7)
JAPANESE Buddhist monk Yoshinobu Fujioka enjoys bringing his congregation together, one cocktail at a time.
Watsonville Buddhist Temple celebrates Hanamatsuri
08/04/2013 18:51 (GMT+7)
WATSONVILLE -- Watsonville Buddhist Temple celebrated the flower festival, Hanamatsuri, on Sunday in an annual tradition marking the birth of Buddha.

About the City of Naland
01/05/2013 11:55 (GMT+7)
Considered as the city of monks, Nalanda is a big draw for all Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. Huen Tsang studied in the Nalanda University in mid 600′s. It was one of the biggest and oldest universities of the world and was considered as an epicenter of civilization during that period of time. Located in the state of Bihar, Presently a small town, Nalanda is a historic city with various ancient relics dotting its topography.
Lotus lanterns shed new light on old tradition
07/05/2013 16:33 (GMT+7)
It’s that time of the year again, when colorful lanterns of all shapes and sizes adorn streets nationwide, creating an exquisite scene that perfectly complements pleasant spring breezes and cherry blossoms.And it’s all thanks to the Yeondeunghoe, the lotus lantern festival that Koreans can enjoy every year from early- to mid-May. It was originally aimed at celebrating the Buddha’s Birthday - which falls on May 17 - but has evolved into an event that embraces all religions and ethnicities.

Thailand: World Day of Vesak Celebration 2013 in Thailand
12/05/2013 15:39 (GMT+7)
The Office of National Buddhism represents the Thai government in organizing various activities to mark the World Day of Vesak, or Visakha Puja, from 18 to 24 May 2013.
One Pillar Pagoda: the soul of Vietnamese capital
13/05/2013 21:41 (GMT+7)
Buddhist monks, Ha Noi officials and experts are trying to figure out the best way to preserve one of the most beloved cultural heritage sites of the Vietnamese people, Nguyen My Ha reports.

Tham Sua Temple, Kanchanaburi, Thailand
14/05/2013 14:39 (GMT+7)
Dating from 1971, when a monk named Pasarigo used the hilltop caves for meditation, Wat Tham Sua (“Tiger Cave Temple”) has the feel of a tourist attraction but its caves are now closed to the public.
“Wisdom & Compassion” art exhibition at Mokspace, London
14/05/2013 21:09 (GMT+7)
Mokspace welcomes you to an exciting new exhibition of 'Wisdom and Compassion' based on the teachings of Buddha. This exhibition shows Buddhism in new light of the contemporary 21st century, contrasting from the origins of when this philosophical journey began centuries ago. These harmonious statements celebrate the birth of Buddha, usually celebrated amongst others with lanterns and lights, but our team of artists each presents their interpretations of this event as a way of celebration. We present to you with works of paintings, installations, photography and sculptures to give you a better understanding of Buddhism as a whole.

The results of offering flowers
15/05/2013 11:11 (GMT+7)
The results of offering flowers *Bhikku Paduma ruled the Earth seven hundred times and became the Universal Monarch akin to the number of petals in the lotus flower he offered to Padumuththara Buddha and his followers. The result of this good deed helped him to attain Nirvana in the end. (Buddha Wagga – page 193)
Mes Aynak: Afghanistan Buddhist buried treasure faces destruction
06/06/2013 11:12 (GMT+7)
31 May 2013 -- In the spring of 1963, a French geologist set out from Kabul to carry out a survey in Logar province in eastern Afghanistan. His destination was the large outcrop of copper-bearing strata in the mountains above the village of Mes Aynak. But in the course of boring for samples, the geologist stumbled on something much more exciting: an entire buried Buddhist city dating from the early centuries AD. The site was clearly very large – he estimated that it covered six sq km – and, although long forgotten, he correctly guessed that it must once have been a huge and wealthy terminus on the Silk Road.

A lost Nirvana: Swat’s window into the past closes as Kanderai slowly disappears
09/06/2013 20:00 (GMT+7)
Kanderai, Pakistan -- Neglected by the government, Kanderai, the remains of one of the largest and most fascinating Buddhist settlements, will soon crumble to dust.
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.

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