The Fifth Annual ART FOR TIBET Online Auction – 12-15 May 2014

Art for Tibet 5

Art for Tibet is a wonderful opportunity to give Students for a Free Tibet your financial support and for you to receive something even better in return, thanks to the 75+ artists who generously donated their artwork to help us work toward our mission.  Continue reading

Video Lecture: Images of Enlightenment – A Journey Through Buddhist Art

Apr 18, 2014

Suryamati takes us on a journey through the history of Buddhism by exploring the art that emerged with each great phase. Talk given at Sangha Night, Sheffield Buddhist Centre, as part of a series of talks on Buddhism through Time and Space.

Director hopes to inspire European audiences with new play

Focus Taiwan

Director Tsai Ming-liang (left)

Taipei, April 22 (CNA) Director Tsai Ming-liang’s new stage play, about a Buddhist monk from China, is to be performed in Europe, with the aim of inspiring audiences to “rethink life.”

“The Monk from the Tang Dynasty” features actor Lee Kang-sheng, Tsai’s long-term collaborator, as the renowned Chinese Buddhist monk Xuanzang, who traveled from China to India in the 7th century.

In the play, Lee either lies down or walks at an extremely slow pace on a large white paper on the stage, while painter Kao Jun-honn produces charcoal drawings on the paper.

With no dialogue or storyline, the production is Tsai’s attempt to capture the spirit of Xuanzang, who embarked on his ambitious pilgrimage to India, crossing the Gobi Desert on his way, to bring Buddhist teachings back to China.

The “slowness” of Xuanzang is what is lacking in today’s world, the Taiwan-based Malaysian film director said Tuesday. Continue reading

World Premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s THE OLDEST BOY, the reincarnation a Tibetan lama
10 April 2014

Lincoln Center Theater to Stage World Premiere of Sarah Ruhl's THE OLDEST BOY this Fall

Lincoln Center Theater will present the world premiere ofSarah Ruhl‘s new play THE OLDEST BOY this fall. The production, to be directed by Rebecca Taichman, will begin previews Thursday, October 16 and open on Monday, November 10 in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street).

In THE OLDEST BOY, Tenzin, the toddler son of an American woman and a Tibetan man, is recognized as the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher. Differing cultures contend with competing ideas of faith and love when two monks seek permission to take Tenzin to a monastery in India to begin his training as a spiritual master. His parents must decide whether to send their young son away or keep him home.

Continue reading

Criminalizing Buddhist Body Art: Sri Lanka to Deport British Tourist over Buddha Tattoo

Indian Express
22nd April 2014

A 35-year-old British woman faces deportation for sporting a Buddha tattoo in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka, where disrespect of the religion by foreigners is frowned upon.

The woman tourist, who has been detained, had arrived at the Colombo international airport from Mumbai yesterday morning.

“She was produced before the magistrate at Negombo who ordered her to be detained at the immigration detention centre before deportation,” a police statement said.

The tourist had an image of the Buddha seated on a lotus flower tattooed on her right arm, it said.

It was not immediately clear where the woman, who was not identified, would be deported to.

Sri Lanka is a Buddhist-majority island and the authorities remain sensitive to any disrespect of the religion by foreigners.

Last year, another British tourist was deported for a similar incident.

In 2012, at least three French tourists were handed suspended jail sentences for “inappropriate” behaviour in front of a Buddha statue.


The Art of Buddhism: Interview with Cynthia Bogel

Smith College
18 April 2014

Cynthea BogelEven as a young child, Cynthea Bogel ’80 was captivated with all things Asian—a harbinger of the life she leads now. Bogel, who specializes in Buddhist visual culture and Japanese art and architecture, is on the faculty of Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, where she teaches Buddhist visual culture of East and South Asia and Japanese art history, and she is responsible for graduate seminars in the international master of arts program in Japanese humanities. On a recent visit to Smith, Bogel talked about her journey, which began with an unexplained fascination and led to a passionate career.


I have always been interested in Asia. My mom said that I used to look at the pictures of East Asia in National Geographic when I was a kid. It was somehow of interest to me for no reason; no one in the family ever talked about Asia. There’s something karmic, if that’s possible. Continue reading

Light and Sound Hope for [Odisha] Heritage Sites

Indian Express
Diana Sahu
19th April 2014

Budhhist monastery, 8-13th century, Udayagiri, Odisha, India;  photo:  Jeffrey Martin 2013

Budhhist monastery, 8-13th century, Udayagiri, Odisha, India; photo: Jeffrey Martin 2013

If things go as planned, three famed heritage sites of Odisha – Dhauli, Khandagiri-Udayagiri and Konark – may get the much-awaited light and sound shows by Dussehra this year.

The Tourism and Culture Department is in the final stage of talks with India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) to prepare the scripts and choose the background voices for 30-minute programmes which will be shown with laser technology.Though light and sound shows at these sites were being considered for a long time, it could not materialise due to various reasons. Continue reading