April 15, 2014
TUESDAY, APRIL 22 @ 4 PM
at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University
Enjoy afternoon tea and scones as Dr. Tara Doyle, senior lecturer in Emory’s Department of Religion and director of the Tibetan Studies Program in India, discusses an extraordinary red sandstone sculpture of the seated Buddha from the first century AD.
This program is free and open to the Emory community and the public. It will be held in the Reception Hall on Level Three.
Korean Joong Ang Daily
The bulmo, or Buddhist artist, Heo Kil-yang carves a “Heavenly Maid” sculpture in his atelier in Paju, Gyeonggi. To create Buddhist sculptures, he goes through an elaborate process, including cutting, trimming and chiseling.
Throughout time, many Korean artists have found artistic inspiration from Buddhism. For more than 1,000 years, Buddhism permeated into the everyday life of Korean people, and thus Buddhist art prospered all around the peninsula.Those who carve the statue of Buddha are called the bulmo, which literally means “the mother of Buddha.” The name came from comparing the strenuous process of carving a statue of Buddha to a mother giving birth to a baby.
This year, artist Heo Kil-yang celebrates his 46th year as a bulmo. Having devoted his entire life to creating Buddhist art, he is a quintessential figure in the Buddhist arts. Continue reading
April 14, 2014
PBS is running a series of reports from Myanmar this week, beginning with a look at the political opening of the country and to follow with reports on how this is likely to affect culture.
Myanmar, rocked by civil strife, has been kept isolated from the world for more than half a century. In recent years, however, the government has been proposing democratic reform and peace treaties with ethnic groups, prompting the U.S. to lift most sanctions. But how does a country move from being closed to being a more open society, and who is to gain? Jeffrey Brown reports from Myanmar.
15 April 2014
Statue in the main shrine of the Mahabodhi temple, Bodh Gaya
Bodh Gaya, Apr.15 (ANI): Buddhist monks from across the world converged at ancient temple in Bihar to celebrate traditional water festival, heralding the New Year for the community.
On Monday, Buddhist monks offered water at the statue of Lord Buddha in Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya and marked the traditional new year.
“Water is offered. In our Buddhist society, people offer water to each other and seek blessings from each other. Today, we celebrated water festival which we generally celebrate on the arrival of New Year of Buddhist community. We had invited people on this occasion of Songkran (traditional New Year), which also marked the anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar (architect of Indian Constitution, Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar) and we gathered over here. We also celebrated it as water festival,” said caretaker of Bodh Gaya temple, Bhante Dinanand.
The area is sacrosanct to Buddhists all over the world since it was under the Mahabodhi tree that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.
In the year 2002, the UNESCO had declared Mahabodhi Temple as a World Heritage Site. (ANI)
Louvre Abu Dhabi
08 April 2014
Buddhist Art in India
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Dr Aisha Bilkhair
Director of Research and Knowledge Services, National Center for Documentation & Research
Amina Taha Hussein-Okada
Chief Curator at the Guimet museum of Asiatic Art
Curator in charge of Asian Arts, Agence France-Muséums