|03/02/2013 18:07 (GMT+7)|
For really fresh news about the past, the Met’s temporary, often tucked-away collection shows are a sure bet. “Buddhism Along the Silk Road: 5th-8th Century” is exemplary. With more than a hundred petite, gorgeous, soul-filled objects culled from storage and assembled in the small, high-perched mezzanine gallery of the South and Southeast Asian wing, it tells the story of how art, which we think of as static, is ever on the move.
|29/01/2013 11:06 (GMT+7)|
Shanxi, China -- Walking along spectacular Lifo Avenue, with its 26 marble ornamental pillars, I marvelled at the grand renovations undertaken at the Yungang Grottoes site. Compared with last time I visited nearly a decade ago, the zone has expanded to almost eight times the previous size, adding ancient-style pavilions and temples, a well-equipped exhibition hall and even a castle-style theater that stretches deep underground.
|23/01/2013 16:53 (GMT+7)|
Kyoto, Japan - The Temple of Sanjusangen-do located in Kyoto, Japan, housing over 1000 wood-carved, gold-leaf-covered, statues of religious figures dating from the Thirteen Century, is one of the most outstanding cultural treasures of Japanese Buddhism.
|16/01/2013 12:31 (GMT+7)|
It is said in the Ten Wheel Sutra of the Essence of Earth (Kshitigarbha): "All comfort, happiness and peace in this world are received by making offerings to the Rare Sublime Ones (the Triple Gem), therefore those who like to have comfort, happiness and peace always attempt to make offerings to the Rare Sublime Ones."
|16/01/2013 11:06 (GMT+7)|
Siem Reap, Cambodia -- Ta Prohm is the modern name for one of the temples of Angkor, Cambodia. Built in the Bayon style, largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university and was originally called Rajavihara.
|15/01/2013 21:36 (GMT+7)|
Yên Tử is a well-known fabulous mountain in Việt Nam with much clear brooks, slowly flowing like silk bending immense green forests of ivory bamboo, fir-tree. Gleaming behind these forests are towers with ancient pagodas and temples. This place used to be the capital of Buddhism with a famous Zen monastery founded by King Trần Nhân Tông (1258-1308).
|04/01/2013 19:18 (GMT+7)|
While these Buddha-worlds are ultimately the play of luminosity and emptiness of intrinsic awareness, from our present state they must arise from our development of the qualities of enlightened mind. Our mandalas--the one of sand and the one of our living selves-were built by our individual and collective devotion, our determination, and our hands.
|01/01/2013 11:42 (GMT+7)|
Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam -- Being considered one of the most beautiful Khmer Theravada Buddhist temples in the Mekong Delta, Ghositaram pagoda in Bac Lieu province has unique decorations, reflecting unique Buddhism cultural identity of the Khmer.
|12/07/2012 05:13 (GMT+7)|
One of the popular features of the Anglican Church in Japan
is the memorial service. At every Sunday eucharist, in almost every parish, the
names of the departed whose memorial day falls during the week are cited and a memorial
prayer is said. In every parish, there is a monthly memorial service for
departed members. Even irregular communicants ask the priest to hold an annual
memorial service for a departed Family member which a number of relatives and
|15/06/2012 04:46 (GMT+7)|
In Tibetan Buddhism, the mandala is
a ritual instrument, much like a mantra, used to assist meditation and
concentration. Throughout history, these pictorial temples--intricate,
two-dimensional, multi-colored patterns of concentric circles, squares, and
other shapes--have signified the human need for wholeness, order, and balance.
But while many people of the West accept mandalas as representative of a cosmic
force, few understand they are meant to be blueprints as well. Indeed, a
Tantric Buddhist meditator studies a two-dimensional mandala like an architect,
building up in his mind the image of a palace encompassing the sacred
principles of Buddhist philosophy.
|07/02/2012 11:37 (GMT+7)|
Budapest, Hungary -- Putting up of the ridge-beam ceremony of the traditional Korean temple was held near Budapest in Hungary on November 11. There were about forty participants including many sunims from Korea lead by the Head Master Seoljeong Sunim, Hyeongak Sunim, the Director of Seoul International Zen Center at the Hwagesa Temple in Seoul and others.
|31/10/2011 05:37 (GMT+7)|
Shanghai, China -- Three replicas of the restored Mogao
Grottoes fresco paintings is to be built and exhibited along with
ancient Buddhist sutras, replica of colorful sculptures and other relics
of Dunhuang culture, which dates back to the 4th to 14th century in
northwestern China's Gansu province.
|05/07/2011 00:06 (GMT+7)|
In the ancient city of Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka stands the world’s oldest recorded tree – a sacred Bodhi tree planted in the 3rd
century BC. This tree, planted from a sapling of the original Bodhi
tree under which the Buddha attained enlightenment in India more than
2500 years ago, is a representation of the deep roots that Buddhism has
in Sri Lanka.
Like this sacred Bodhi tree, the Buddhist Sinhalese tradition is the
oldest living Buddhist lineage in the world, and the only religious
culture that had managed to survive for more than 2300 years.
|04/07/2011 23:49 (GMT+7)|
experience with Chinese Buddhist music exemplifies the hybrid
principle. Having immersed myself in Chinese Buddhist sacred music for
three decades I have learned that at heart, in terms of music
appreciation, I’m deeply a product of my Western upbringing. But I have
discovered riches in Chinese sacred music that I intend to carry across
the bridge into the West.
|04/07/2011 23:48 (GMT+7)|
plays an important role in the practice, preservation and continuation
of the Buddha Dharma throughout the centuries. Various Buddhist
traditions have developed Buddhist chanting over time either in Pali or
other national languages in harmony with their cultural and ethnic
|04/07/2011 23:47 (GMT+7)|
In most countries music has developed in close affinity with
religious observances. But the Theravada ideology does not encourage
sensual arts like music and dancing. That when Buddhism was not only a
religion. but the way of the life for the people. such performing arts
received little patronage from the temple. The Buddhist clergy, who
constituted the main literati of the country.
|12/05/2011 03:27 (GMT+7)|
is the picture of Kwan-Yin of Thousand Arms and Eyes. The real statue
was 3.6 meters tall, carved from wood and painted and inlaid with gold,
and is displayed at the Ancient Arts Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is the
replica of the original statue still in use at the Ninh Phuc Temple –
also known as the “Pencil Stupa” temple because of its pointed
construction – in Bac Ninh, North Vietnam.
|21/12/2010 03:58 (GMT+7)|
The Chinese Institute of Buddhist Cultural Studies(CIBCS) was established in 1987. It is.a Buddhist cultural research institute under the Buddhist Association of China and a window for Buddhist cultural exchange and activities within and outside China.
|13/12/2010 10:44 (GMT+7)|
Chan is the Chinese word for
dhyana(meditation).The culture of Chan tea stems from the Bailin Temple (the
Temple of Cypress Woodsy), which is a Buddhist holy land, which dates back more
than 1,700 years, in Zhaoxian County, Hebei Province