Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet



At the the Yogini Project website, the film Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet. – Buddhist Art news

“In the summer of 2005, renowned Buddhist teacher, Tsoknyi Rinpoche III, accompanied by a handful of western students, traveled to the Nangchen region in Eastern Tibet.

“The purpose of the trip was to meet the Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns – 3000 remarkable women who live and practice an ancient yogic tradition in nunneries and hermitages scattered across this remote, mountainous region.

“Narrated by Richard Gere, the video explores the fascinating world of the nuns as seen through the eyes of the western women practitioners who are connecting with the often strange, but hauntingly familiar, world of Tibetan Buddhism.
Compelling interviews with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and Tsultrim Allione place the practice Nangchen nuns in the context of the largely male dominated history of Buddhism in Tibet. Continue reading

Short Film Competition Launches


Media release • 7 July 2014


Short Film Competition Launches

A short film competition with ‘stillness’ as its focus launches at the Film Archive in Wellington, New Zealand, on 7 July 2014.

“Create a short film between 30 seconds and two minutes long on the topic of ‘stillness’ – that’s the challenge we’re offering,” said Mark Sweeney, Co-Director of a new film festival, ‘Stillness, & The Moving Image,’ which will be taking place in Wellington, New Zealand, from 14–18 October, 2014.

“The winning film will be the one judged to have best captured the concept and will be screened at the Festival launch,” said Sweeney. “It will be screened before each feature film, along with a selection of others which have impressed the judges.”

“We welcome all genres of film, including animation and experimental,” said Sweeney. “The winning film will be announced and screened at the opening night launch, and if the winner is unable to attend in person we will Skype them in from wherever they are in the world,” he said.

Competition judges are actor Loren Taylor (Existence, Dancing in the Sky, Eagle vs Shark, Kombi Nation), director and producer Robin Greenberg (Huloo, He Waka Hono Tangata) and Festival Co-Director Mark Sweeney.

The closing date for submissions is 30 September 2014. Information on how to enter the competition can be found on the festival website at

“ ‘Stillness, & The Moving Image’,” said Ramsey Margolis, Festival Co-Director, “is a festival of films for people who have an interest in mindfulness, meditation, and a secular approach to Buddhism and other religious practices, films they might find nourishing.” Continue reading

Buddhist monk-the artist at the ancient pagoda

Monk Giac Thanh caring for every minor detail in his work

Monk Giac Thanh caring for every minor detail in his work

July 8, 2014 by phuyennews

Being dedicated with the religious tasks does not take away this Buddhist monk’s creativity. This monk-artist’s outstanding work is the nicely-looking winding dragon tails in the ancient pagoda of Long Tuong-the pagoda existing for over 200 years on Hoa My Dong land.

Constructed in 1808, the ancient pagoda of Long Tuong in Phu Tho hamlet ( Hoa My Dong commune, Tay Hoa district ) is the forefather of communal houses of most pagodas along the South of Ba River , where lots of monks from every corner gathered on their way to the South to carry on a religious mission. Experiencing the life-long history, with ups and downs, changes, at the moment, the ancient features are appearing vaguely at this ancient pagoda. The most vivid feature is the ancient garden temple aged nearly 10 years, this is the resting in peace and quietness of the Buddhist monk. The particular striking point is the gate of Long Tuong pagoda with a secular tree with wide branches, whose age is even higher than the pagoda’s. Continue reading

Call for Papers: IC Buddhism & Australia 2015

Call for Papers: IC Buddhism & Australia 2015

The 4th International Conference Buddhism & Australia will be held on
26-28 February, 2015 in Perth, Western Australia.

This conference investigates the history, current and future
directions of Buddhism in Australasian region; theme for Buddhism &
Australia 2015 will be Buddhist Symbols and Symbolism

The organizers are open to proposals for contributions on Buddhist
history, philosophy, texts as well for proposals on any related theme.

All Buddhists, scholars and members of the general public interested
in Buddhism are invited to present their papers in this coming
conference. Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are
welcomed as well the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.

What to Send

Proposals may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information:
*affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme
*email address,
*title of proposal,
*body of proposal; no more than 300 words,
*up to 10 keywords.
*CV max 2 pages Continue reading

Tibet and Buddhist Art Expert Visits Noosa


Travellers contemplating a visit to the Roof of the World may be interested to know that international Buddhist art expert Zara Fleming will be visiting Noosa as a guest lecturer of the Noosa branch of the Association of Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies when she will give an overview of Tibetan history from the time of the great Tibetan Empire (6th to 9th centuries) up to the present day. During her talk she will explore the fascinating art and culture in Tibet inspired by Buddhism, introduced from India in the 7th century, and will give an insight into the country’s politics.

An independent art consultant, researcher, cataloguer and exhibition curator, Ms Fleming first visited Nepal in 1973 and Bhutan in 1976. She has a distinguished career in her field. Initially based at the Victoria & Albert Museum with general responsibility for the Tibetan and Nepalese collections, she has been Assistant Director in Europe for the Orient Foundation and was affiliated with the Centre for Cultural Heritage in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. Continue reading

Grants for Buddhist & Tibetan Culture Art Preservation and Development

via the Ministry of Culture, India

Deadline: 31 August 2014

Applications are being accepted for Buddhist & Tibetan Culture Art Preservation and Development Scheme. This programme is being funded by Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The mission of this programme is to give financial assistance to the voluntary Buddhist/Tibetan organizations including Monasteries engaged in the propagation and scientific development of Buddhist/Tibetan culture, tradition and research in related fields.

Financial assistance is given for all or any of the items listed below up to a maximum of Rs.30.00 lakhs per year for any single organization. Continue reading

10 day free course at Goa University, on Buddhist Art, Aug 4 – 13

10 day free course at Goa University, on Buddhist Art, Aug 4 – 13

We are happy to announce a new course ONCE UPON A TIME: BUDDHIST NARRATIVE RELIEFS AND MURALS by Professor Vidya Dehejia, a Barbara Stoler Miller Professor of Indian and South Asian Art at Columbia University; and Visiting Professor at the Mario Miranda Chair in Fine Art/Painting/Illustrative Cartooning, etc., Goa University.

The course starts on 4th August 2014 and ends on August 13. You may register for this free courseon line by going to: