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AKSHA: Preserving Asian sacred art traditions

AKSHA is a platform for preserving knowledge within Asian spiritual art traditions and supporting their application in the contemporary world.

We give collectors, artists, and students access to teachings conveyed through art, while plugging regional craftsmen into a global community.

Washington, DC Festival: BUDDHAFEST [20 - 23 June 2013]


Featuring Leading Teachers & Speakers:

Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan, Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni, Rev. Marilyn Sewell, Ruth King, Anand Mehrotra, Marianne Elliott and Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr.

BuddhaFest is a 4-day festival inspired by the Buddhist practices of mindfulness, compassion and meditation. It’s held at Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA, just outside Washington, DC. Last year’s festival filled over 4,000 seats, and almost all events sold out. PLEASE GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY.

Artisphere is conveniently located just off Route 66 and the George Washington Memorial Parkway, near the Key Bridge. It’s two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro, and parking is free.

More info [here].

Running under a giant [thangka] for good tidings

The Star
May 25, 2013

Empowering act: Devotees allowing the ‘thangka’ to undergo the traditional practice of drawing power from the sun at the Enlightened Heart Buddhist Centre in Tambun, Ipoh.
Empowering act: Devotees allowing the ‘thangka’ to undergo the traditional        practice of drawing power from the sun at the                                                                        Enlightened Heart Buddhist Centre in Tambun, Ipoh, Malaysia.

IPOH: Hundreds of devotees unfurled a giant canvas painting of Sakyamuni Buddha at the Enlightened Heart Buddhist Centre in Tambun here, in conjunction with Wesak Day.

It is a traditional practice to unfurl the thangka in the temple compounds for it to draw power from the sun.

Devotees would also run under the 60m by 12m canvas to receive blessings from Buddha.

Buddhists also thronged other temples around the city to perform prayers, seeking blessings during the celebration, which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.


Video: A Shedra Life: Child monks of Buddhist monasteries

By Zainab Sayeed and Jamia Millia Islamia
May 15, 2013


According to Buddhist scriptures, a child mature enough to protect fields from insects and birds is capable of choosing the path of “lamahood.” At times children as young as 7 or 8 are admitted to the austere discipline of the monasteries.

Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, Bir, in Himachal Pradesh, India, is dotted with monasteries. This audio slideshow is an inside view into the lives of child “lamas” and their desires and aspirations.


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