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Buddha’s Birthday takes center stage

Korea JoongAng Daily
May 17,2013

Buddhist believers help wash the child Buddha statue at the Bongeun Temple in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul. [JoongAng Ilbo]

Historical records say it was around the year 372, during the Goguryeo Kingdom (BC 37 – AD 668), that Buddhism was introduced in Korea. But as many people know, it was during the Unified Silla and Goryeo eras – during which Buddhism was legally declared as the state religion – that the religion really flourished.Today, Buddhism is Korea’s No. 2 religion. According to a survey conducted by Global Research – at the request of the Korean National Association of Christian Pastors, 55.1 percent of Koreans said they are religious. Of them, 22.5 percent said they were Protestant and 22.1 percent said they were Buddhist. The last time such a survey was conducted, in 2004, Buddhists outnumbered Protestants by 5.1 percentage points. Continue reading

CINEMA: Mystery behind Buddha’s remains

New Straights Times
10 May 2013

A scene from Bones Of The Buddha.

WHEN workers stumble upon an ancient Indian tomb in 1898, they uncover one of the most amazing discoveries in Buddhist history: A huge stone coffer containing stone jars and urns, over 1,000 separate jewels — as well as ash and bone.

One of the jars has an inscription indicating that these are the remains of the Buddha himself. But the most extraordinary find in Indian archaeology has been marred in doubt and scandal for over 100 years. For some, it is an elaborate hoax. For others, it is the final resting place of the messiah of one of the world’s great religions. Continue reading

SF Photography Exhibit: A Sacred Landscape: Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal (through 31 May 2013)

San Francisco Zen Center

May 1 – 31
In the City Center Art Lounge
300 Page Street
San Francisco

Reception: Friday, May 10, 7:00 pm

A Sacred Landscape:
Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal
Photographs by David Silva

This show consists of images of Tibetan Buddhism from the Khumbu Region of Nepal, as well as from the two largest Tibetan Buddhist shrines in Kathmandu. The images weave a colorful tapestry reflecting the vibrant iconography of Tibetan Buddhism, as it is seen in Nepal. They consist of prayer flags, prayer wheels, mani stones, stupas, chortens and gompas, set in the grandeur of the Himalayan Mountain range. Continue reading

Photo Collection: Buddha Tattoos

Creative Fan
Kaylee Smith

Exquisite Tattoo

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Dalian Exhibit: Tibetan Buddhism

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Tibetan Buddhism
Jointly hosted by Dalian Modern Museum and Qinghai Municipal Museum, the Tibetan Buddhism Art Exhibition was unveiled at Tibetan Buddhism Art Exhibition on April 19th, 2013.
During the 90-day exhibition, a total 150 Tibetan Buddhist artworks from Qinghai Municipal Museum including booking carvings, sculptures, embroideries and Buddhist paintings will be on display, introducing the culture of Tibetan Buddhism to local citizens in Dalian.
In order to make history and information on the Tibetan Buddhism accessible and easy to understand for visitors, the Dalian Modern Museum will offer a free interpretation service four times a day, at 9:30, 10:30, 13:30 and 15:00 respectively.
The porcelain exhibition is open to public between 9:00 and 16:00 every day excluding Mondays, and citizens will be able enjoy the exhibition with their ID cards.
The exhibition will conclude on July 18th, and interested parties can call 84801052 for more information.

Tokyo Lectures: Kizil Cave Paintings and Gandhāran Monastic Wine (01 May 2013)

Kizil Caves. Photo:

You are cordially invited to the following lectures by Dr. Lore Sander and Dr. Harry Falk at the International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology, Soka University in Tokyo.

Lecturer: Dr. Lore Sander (Ex-curator, Indian Museum, Berlin)
Theme: Tocharian Royals in Kizil Caves

Lecturer: Dr. Harry Falk (Prof. Emer., Free University of Berlin)
Theme: Wine in the Buddhist monasteries of Gandhāra

Date and Time: 01 May 2013, 02:00 – 05:00 PM (JST)
Place: Meeting Room (6F), A Building, Soka University.
1-263, Tangi-cho, Hachioji, Tokyo

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[Kazak] Buddhist constructs stupa to save Almaty from quake

Tengri News
Thursday, 11.04.2013
Assemgul Kassenova

Buddhist constructs stupa to save Almaty from quake

A stupa built in Raiymbek village will allegedly save Almaty from earthquakes

Kazakhstan citizen Aleksander Gritskov has offered a new way to save Almaty from earthquakes, reports. He initiated construction of a stupa, as an architectural-sculptural monument. Continue reading

New Buddhist video portal

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On Meditation: An interview with filmmaker Rebecca Dreyfus

Alex Caring-Lobel
04 Apr 2013

Rebecca Dreyfus is the director of the forthcoming film series On Meditation, which documents the inner journey of meditation through portraits of practitioners from a variety of traditions. The team has so far filmed the Venerable Metteya, Hatha yoga teacher Elena Brower, author and Zen practitioner Peter Matthiessen, actor Giancarlo Esposito, and mindful congressman Tim Ryan. Filmmaker David Lynch is slated next.

Known for her feature-length documentary Stolen, Dreyfus was inspired to film On Meditation by a curiosity about other people’s practices and a desire to cultivate her own. Tricycle spoke to Dreyfus earlier in the week by email about the impetus behind the film series and the challenges of depicting an inward-turning practice on film. Continue reading

In 300 Years, Kim Stanley Robinson’s Science Fiction May Not Be Fiction

The Atlantic
APR 1 2013

The author talks about climate change, capitalism, and the other circa-2013 concerns that underpin his award-winning novels about “the solar system in the next few centuries.”


Where’s the great novel about climate change? I’d argue that to find it, you’re better off leaving the world of “straight fiction” for science fiction, specifically for Kim Stanley Robinson.

Over the weekend, Robinson’s latest novel, 2312was nominated for a Hugo award, one of the most prestigious prizes in science fiction (it’s also in the running for sci-fi’s other big accolade, the Nebula award). But Robinson’s name is already familiar to devotees of the genre. He came onto the scene in 1984 with his enigmatic novel Icehenge, and continued to write at a prolific pace, winning eleven major sci-fi awards and being nominated for more than twice that. And though he’s written about everything from the plague to Yeti, his most well-known books are those that compose the Mars Trilogy (Red Mars,Green MarsBlue Mars). The trilogy deals with the all the various implications of terraforming the red planet, from the science of the transformation to the political and social ramifications of the project.2312 is a thrilling mystery that includes his usual themes of scientific development, political intrigue, and social experimentation. These books are the gold-standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing.

What makes Robinson’s work vital, rather than just entertaining, is his depth of the research. Many of the futures and worlds he writes about resemble a world that might find ourselves living in. Ahead of the Hugo nomination announcement, Robinson took the time to discuss with me via email some of the ideas and concerns that animate his work, including artificial intelligence, Buddhism, climate change, and the future of capitalism. Continue reading