December 02, 2013
The original appearance of a statue of the Buddhist deity Shukongojin is shown with the aid of computer graphics technology. (Provided by Tokyo University of the Arts)
NARA–The vibrant colors of an eighth-century Buddhist statue have been recreated, thanks to computer graphics technology by a joint research team from the Tokyo University of the Arts and Tokyo University of Science.
The project of reproducing the original colors of a national treasure, the standing statue of the armor-plated guardian deity Shukongojin, was conducted by the team led by Satoshi Yabuuchi, professor of studies in preservation and restoration of sculptures at TUA’s Graduate School of Fine Arts.
As a result of two years of research, the team used computer graphics technology to re-create the colors of the rich-colored patterns of the statue from the Tenpyo Period (729-749), based on pigments that remained on its surface. The restored colors also show peacock feathers used to encircle the “hidden” statue, which wields a “vajra” (thunderbolt) in his right hand. Continue reading
December 02, 2013
Several arhat figures, referring to those who have attained the goal of Buddhism, in Longxing Temple, situated in Dingxian County of north China’s Hebei province. (CRIENGLISH.com/Guo Jing)
Built in 969 during the Northern Song Dynasty, the Longxing Temple in Dingxian County of north China’s Hebei province preserves the tallest bronze Buddha figure; an extremely valuable tablet from the Sui Dynasty; as well as other treasured relics.
The historic site occupying 82,500 square meters is under national protection. It has received investment from the central government and welcomes 400,000 tourists per year. Unlike most temples in China, Longxing Temple has no front gate.
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East Bay Express
November 27, 2013
When joSon sees beautiful flowers in the backyards of his neighbors, he’ll knock on their doors, clippers in hand, and politely ask if he can snip the plants and take them home. “Most of the time people say yes,” said the Emeryville-based photographer, who goes by the single name of joSon. “I just can’t control myself,” he said, calling his love of flowers an “addiction.”
At quick glance, it would seem that his latest project, a breathtaking 208-page collection of flower photography, is a simple manifestation of this obsession. But, as joSon said, “This book is not about flowers.” joSon Intimate Portrait of Nature — which features hundreds of striking, up-close images of flowers against black-and-white backdrops — “is about memories,” he said. And it’s not meant for a quick glance. Though the artist is now a busy and successful commercial photographer, the book, eight years in the making, reflects his deeply meditative and contemplative nature — a quality he traces to his unique upbringing as a Buddhist monk in a Vietnamese temple.
At age ten, joSon, who was born in the Philippines and is half-Filipino and half-black, told his mother he did not want to be Catholic anymore. “So I moved to Vietnam to live in the temple. I thought my life was to become a monk. That was my only intention.” Continue reading
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Japan Times, BY JORDAN SIEVERS
NOV 20, 2013
Hiten, bodhisattvas that fly and dance in praise of Buddha, are wondrous beings, sometimes refered to as “flying angels.” This exhibition focuses on the Buddhist symbols and their portrayal in various art forms, including sculptures and paintings. Ahead of the reopening of the renovated Phoenix Hall of Kyoto’s Byodoin Temple, “Bodhisattva Riding Clouds” presents a special display of the temple’s hiten statues. Collectively known as the only existing group of 11th-century Buddhist statues, these hiten are depicted floating on clouds while dancing or playing musical instruments.
One highlight, which is being shown for its first time outside of the temple, is the sculpture of a hiten attached to the halo of Amidanyorai, East Asia’s principal Buddha; Nov. 23-Jan. 13.
Suntory Museum of Art; Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku,Tokyo. Roppongi Stn. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 8 p.m.) ¥1,300. Closed Tue. 03-3479-8600; www.suntory.com/sma
Exhibition: Institute of East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley, 20 November 2013 – 20 March 2014
Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī’s Offering of the Triple Robe
November 20, 2013 – March 20, 2014
Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
IEAS Lobby, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor
Buddhist paintings in Cambodia serve in rituals, for teaching, and as a means of making space sacred. “Framing the Sacred: Cambodian Buddhist Painting” features fifteen works, eleven on cloth and four on glass, from the private collection of Joel Montague. The individual pieces in this exhibit display a wide variety of episodes from the Buddha’s biography, including his penultimate birth as Prince Vessantara. In addition, there is a single cloth painting that depicts key Buddhist teachings on suffering and death. Five of the eleven paintings on cloth are divided horizontally into two scenes. In some cases these scenes are related, while in others they depict chronologically distant events in the Buddha’s life. Although portable paintings on cloth and glass are among the most visible and frequently used forms of Buddhist art in Cambodia today, it is rare for such paintings to be collected together in an exhibit. The paintings on display embody both the religious stories and doctrines of Cambodian Buddhism and the traditions of Cambodian culture. Continue reading