Sparing a Moment for Humanity

 

Photo: P Ravikumar

Photo: P Ravikumar

The New Indian Express
By B Sudharsan | ENS Published: 11th August 2014 06:00 AM Last Updated: 11th August 2014 12:50 AM

CHENNAI: It was an evening worth reminiscing. World-renowned musician and Buddhist nun Ani Choying Drolma’s music performance at a fund raising organised by MUKTI Charitable Trust was laced with devotion, ardour and a whole lot of gusto.

The scene at the hall reflected serenity and peace, analogous to emotions that echoed in Ani’s facial expressions. Two small statues were on display alongside Ani – one in seated and another in upright position — adding beauty to the tranquil feel. Ani, who was seen in traditional Buddhist attire, made audience go rapt with soul-stirring numbers. Continue reading

Savannah Buddhist community honors ancestors

Carl Elmore/For the Savannah Morning News The Chua Cat Tuong Buddhist Temple welcomed visitors to its “Ghost Festival” on Sunday. The temple in Garden City used colorful celebration and feasting to help area Buddhists commemorate their ancestors.

Carl Elmore/For the Savannah Morning News
The Chua Cat Tuong Buddhist Temple welcomed visitors to its “Ghost Festival” on Sunday. The temple in Garden City used colorful celebration and feasting to help area Buddhists commemorate their ancestors.

Savannahnow.com
Posted: August 10, 2014 – 10:56pm | Updated: August 11, 2014 – 7:19am

By Katie Martin
Dozens of members of Savannah’s Buddhist community came together Sunday at the Chùa Cát Tuong Buddhist Temple to celebrate the Ghost Festival, also known as Vu Lan in Vietnamese.

In the Buddhist community the belief is that the realms into the afterlife are open, and the spirits of the deceased return to our world. As the spirits return, Buddhist monks and temple members partake in activities to honor their familial ancestors with food offerings and burning of incenses and symbolic paper signs. It was the second year the festival had been held at the Garden City Temple located on U.S. 80.

An Nguyen, president of the Vietnamese Buddhist Association of Savannah said that the festival serves as a way to pray for those that have died and as a way to honor mothers and fathers. Continue reading

Outlasting Dynasties, Now Emerging From Soot

A nearly 50-foot Buddha is being restored. Credit Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

A nearly 50-foot Buddha is being restored. Credit Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times

The New York Times
By EDWARD WONGMAY 17, 2014

DATONG, China — The colossal Buddhist statues in the cliffside caves outside this northern Chinese city, carved from golden sandstone by Turkic-speaking nomad conquerors in the fifth and sixth centuries, were so covered in coal dust that when visitors blew on them, black clouds rose up.

Called the Yungang Grottoes, the relics had survived the rise and fall of dynasties, modern wars and the Cultural Revolution. But the scourge of a more prosperous China — industrial pollution — had been eating away at the sandstone.

Chinese officials and preservationists have embarked on an ambitious effort to protect them that could become a model for saving antiquities at other sites. They have not only cleaned the statues here and created a vast park, but also shut down nearby coal mines and removed or regulated other sources of air pollution.

“You don’t know how bad it was before,” said Huang Jizhong, the head engineer at the Shanxi Province Cultural Relics Bureau and former research director at the grottoes. “The contrast is very dramatic.” Continue reading

Under the sands of time: Ancient Buddhist mound discovered in Sector E-11

 

The mound is located in Sector E-11, next to the Pakistan Medical Cooperative Housing Society, Islamabad. PHOTO: EXPRESS

The mound is located in Sector E-11, next to the Pakistan Medical Cooperative Housing Society, Islamabad. PHOTO: EXPRESS

By Riazul Haq
Published in The Express Tribune, June 16th, 2014.

ISLAMABAD:

A group of researchers have discovered an ancient mound in Sector E-11 where they found a bovine terracotta pottery fragment that could date back to the Bronze Age.

The mound, discovered during documentation work by the Potohar Research Group (PRG) and the National College of Arts (NCA), is in a precarious situation and needs preservation.

It lies at the northern end of Sector E-11 on Service Road North, a few yards from nearby houses and slums.

The PRG found the bovine figure on a terracotta potsherd during surface collection and without any excavation work.

NCA Rawalpindi Campus Director Dr Nadeem Omar Tarrar says that he sent a picture of one of the potsherds to Italian archaeologist Luca Olivieri, who reckoned it might date back to the Bronze Age.

Muhammad Bin Naveed, an archaeologist accompanying the researchers, said the mound is in extremely precarious condition and needs urgent excavation work for a detailed picture of the site. Continue reading

Govt fails to protect archaeological monuments in JK

city-lead-300x185‘3rd century AD Buddist site not on protection list’

Rising Kashmir, Sumaiya Yousuf

Srinagar, Aug 02: State government has failed to protect a 3rd century AD archaeological monument located in the Harwan area of summer capital.

The monument is situated in Harwan Srinagar and is known to be a Buddhist site.

This site was identified by the department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums J&K two years ago and was immediately declared as an archaeological site.

The approximate date of construction of this site is 3rd century AD.

According to the officials, they had sent a proposal to Government of India (GoI) for the protection of unidentified archaeological sites in J&K. “This site was also included in the proposal but we didn’t get any response from State government as well as GoI,” the officials said.

They added that this site belongs to Buddist period where the Terracotta Tiles have also been found.
“The State government is not protecting this site and not only this site but there are number of sites similar to this one which are not protected by the State government,” officials said. Continue reading

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