Venerable Jue Hao and artist Tiffany Singh are preparing for the upcoming exhibiton at Fo Guang Shan Temple.
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Buddhism is at the heart of Tiffany Singh’s latest art installations.
The Auckland artist will have 12 works on display in her upcoming exhibition Mahabhuta: The Great Element ‘jointly presented at Uxbridge Centre for Arts and Culture and the Fo Guang Shan Temple.
The multi-sensory exhibition aims to bring together the diverse communities of East Auckland and explore what is sacred in contemporary society.
Singh sources her materials from Fair Trade organisations, including the 50 wind chimes which will make up an outdoor installation at the temple.
“Everything is nature based or responding to the elements. I don’t work with anything synthetic, so I work with materials such as flowers, foods, colours and sound,” she says.
But her signature work, which was made in Nepal, is an installation consisting of 900 ribbons with the medicine Buddha healing mantra written on them.
The Buddhist Stupa in Dhulikatta village of Eligaid mandal in Karimnagar district.—Photo: Thakur Ajay Pal Singh
September 23, 2015
The Buddhist Stupa dating back to 2nd century BC and one of the 30 walled cities mentioned by Megasthenes located in Dhulikatta village of Eligaid mandal in Karimnagar district lies neglected for several decades due to lethargy on the part of the government.
The Archaeology Department had discovered the heritage structure in 1975 along the shores of a picturesque rivulet on the outskirts of Dhulikatta village. Barring the discovery of this early Buddhist stupa, the authorities have failed to take up any measures for the development and protection of the heritage site for the promotion of tourism.
In spite of several pleas by the historians and others, the authorities failed to provide road facilities to the ancient protected monumental structure. It is barely 33 km distance from the district headquarters, but still reaching the Stupa is a herculean task due to non-availability of road. Continue reading
Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner
Neighbor Savath Chan worked on the pagoda he built for Watt Samakki Buddhist Temple for nearly a year after coming home from his day job at Methodist Hospital.
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BY SHANNON GEIS ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
Neighbor Savath Chan worked on the pagoda he built for Watt Samakki Buddhist Temple [Brooklyn, NY] for nearly a year after coming home from his day job at Methodist Hospital. “It’s something good for the community,” he said on Saturday when he delivered the finished piece to the temple at 26 Rugby Road.
Savath Chan with the pagoda he built. (Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner)
The 12-foot-tall piece was constructed entirely by hand. Chan said he would work on it in his backyard for two or three hours every week.
The pagoda will serve as a place for worshippers to pray and leave offerings when the temple is not open.
Worshippers inside the temple on Saturday. (Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner)
Members of the temple celebrated the donation with a dedication ceremony and a variety of traditional Cambodian dishes.
Qing dynasty Tibetan Thangka (18th century) Photo: Sotheby’s
Henri Neuendorf, Monday, September 21, 2015
A finely embroidered Buddhist thangka was sold for $1.5 million at Sotheby’s, New York on Wednesday. Estimated to sell for between $80,000 and $120,000, the artwork fetched 15 times the expected price.
The 18th century Qing dynasty thangka hung in an Arizona home for decades. The artwork was bought by the collector Wilton D. Cole and his wife in 1971 and passed down to their children, who were reportedly unaware of the artifact’s value.
P. SUJATHA VARMA
The monolithic statue of Gautama Buddha at Nagarjunakonda in Guntur districtPhoto: T. Vijaya Kumar
Andhra Pradesh Tourism officials are in the final stages of signing an MoU with their Bihar counterparts to jointly promote Buddhist sites in the two States across the country and abroad.
Principal Secretary of Tourism, AP, Neerabh Kumar Prasad, in a recent meeting with his Bihar counterpart in that State, informed that AP was now focussed on attracting Buddhist tourists from China and Japan to the world famous Buddhist sites of Amaravati and Nagarjuna Konda which are associated with Acharya Nagarjuna, the propounder of Madhyamika philosophy and propagator of Mahayana Buddhism.
Tourism Secretary, Bihar, agreed to Mr. Prasad’s proposal to extend their tour packages planned as part of Buddhist circuit proposed to develop under Swadesh Darshan programme, up to Amaravati, Nagarjuna Konda and a few important Buddhist sites around Visakhapatnam.
Mr. Prasad also met heads of Buddhist temples and monasteries and explained to them the importance of Amaravati and Nagarjuna Konda and Acharya Nagarjuna’s contribution in propagating Mahayana Buddhism which spread to China, Japan and other countries and the need to attract Buddhist tourists from these countries visiting Bodhgaya and other sites in Bihar to Andhra Pradesh. Continue reading
FILE – In this file photo of Sunday Sept. 13, 2015, Buddhist monks perform before the Prabal Gurung Spring 2016 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York. Gurung opened his runway show with 30 Buddhist monks who had traveled to New York to chant a prayer of gratitude for the world’s help during the devastating earthquake that killed thousands in Gurung’s native Nepal in April. Photo: Bryan R. Smith, AP / FRE171336 AP
Jocelyn Noveck, Ap National Writer Updated 6:13 am, Saturday, September 19, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Fashion Week always has its share of memorable moments, the weird and the wonderful and everything in between. Here are some highlights of eight jam-packed days:
A CHANT OF GRATITUDE
To begin, a wonderful scene. Designer PRABAL GURUNG has done a lot to support his native country, Nepal, after the devastating earthquake hit in April. He began his show with the moving sight of 30 Buddhist monks chanting a prayer of gratitude for the fashion community’s help. Gurung then put on one of the more beautiful shows of the week, a tribute to Nepal in shades of yellow, saffron, peach and tea rose, with gorgeous embroidery. “All I wanted to do is show a little of where I’m from,” he said.
A scene from the forthcoming horror film ‘Arbat,’ which has incensed Buddhist hardliners for depicting a novice monk engaging in forbidden behavior.
23 September 2015
BANGKOK — Buddhist hardliners urged the Ministry of Culture today to censor an upcoming horror film that shows a Buddhist novice behaving in ways they find offensive.
The film, “Arbat,” comes from media giant Sahamongkol Film International and is scheduled to open 15 Oct. According to the film’s promotional materials, its plot revolves around a 19-year-old boy forced by his parents to enter the monkhood in rural Thailand, where he develops a romantic relationship with a local teen girl.
Satien Vipromha, leader of a group called Academics for Buddhism, said the film’s plot is blasphemous because monks and novices are not supposed to have romantic interests. Continue reading