“Dalai Lama’s Mantra” Video Released by Rebel Pop Singer Songwriter Katie Costello

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfTQo2R0AZgBROOKLYN, N.Y., July 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Rebel Pop Singer Songwriter, Katie Costello is releasing a beautiful, heart-warming music video in honor of the 14th Dalai Lama’s long life. Titled, “Dalai Lama’s Mantra,” this original song is the first time his mantra has been set to music.

Katie Costello, at the behest of a Buddhist monk, collaborated with Tibetan artist, Tenzin Gocha to put Buddhist mantras to music, among them the “Dalai Lama’s Mantra.” This collaboration resulted in the REBEL POP Records Special Release of meditation music, the EP, “Universal Spread of Compassionate Wisdom.” The “Dalai Lama’s Mantra” music video is being released in time for his 81st birthday, today, July 6th.

At a time of unprecedented violence and discord, the “Dalai Lama’s Mantra” music video is sure to raise the spirits of all who view it. This video is not just for Buddhists, it will bring a smile to all walks of life and age groups.

Founded in 2008, REBEL POP Records is an Independent Label and Music Publisher (Rebel Pop Songs/BMI), founded by Katie Costello and Vivekan.Its mission is to bring quality popular music from the heart of sincere Artists, straight to music fans all over the world. Along with “Universal Spread of Compassionate Wisdom”, its catalog of releases include, “Rebel Pop Singer Songwriter”, “Kaleidoscope Machine”, “Lamplight”, “The City in Me” and more. For more information, contact: REBEL POP Records.

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Somtow’s chariot halfway to Heaven

A scene from Somtow Sucharitkul's 10-part opera epic 'DasJati'. Photo/Siam Opera

A scene from Somtow Sucharitkul’s 10-part opera epic ‘DasJati’. Photo/Siam Opera

The Nation
Janice Koo
July 18, 2016 1:00 am

Work proceeds on history’s most ambitious opera cycle, and there’s every indication of glorious success

Ii seems to have happened overnight, but Somtow Sucharitkul is at the halfway point in composing his 10-opera epic “DasJati” (“Tossachat – Ten Lives of the Buddha”), collectively touted by trade publications as the “biggest opera of all time”. It will be, too – provided that the composer survives to realise his extraordinary ambition.

Opera Siam’s compilation of scenes from the first five installations in the cycle – staged at the Thailand Cultural Centre on June 25 and 26 in honour of His Majesty the King’s 70th year on the throne – afforded a wonderful opportunity to revisit some of the more unusual highlights from Somtow’s fevered imagination.

Presented once again in wondrous fashion were the shipwreck and angelic rescue scene from “Mahajanaka”, the animals in the forest mourning the death of “Sama: The Faithful Son”, and the temptation of the Death-God from “The Silent Prince”, as well as the wittily electrifying Baby Dragon Dance from “Bhuridat”.

These musical dramas were performed in Bangkok over the past four years, but most interesting of all was the “sneak preview” of the next entry, “Chariot of Heaven”, from which the audiences at the Cultural Centre were treated to the scene “Tavatimsa Heaven”.

One of the problems in setting these 10 beloved Jataka tales of the Buddha’s incarnations to music is the sheer variety of storytelling techniques involved. Some of the stories are intimate and simple. Others have complicated, generation-spanning plots, and “Chariot of Heaven” derives from one of the latter. It’s based on Nimi Jataka, the story of King Nemiraj, who was so noble that the gods invited him to preach to them in Heaven. Continue reading

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Buddha idols found in temple tank debris

Archaeologist E. Sivanagi Reddy and his discovery at Motupalli village of Prakasam district.THE HINDU

Archaeologist E. Sivanagi Reddy and his discovery at Motupalli village of Prakasam district.THE HINDU

The Hindu

Idols date back to 9th-10th centuries AD

Two stone idols of Buddha have been found in the debris of a Veerabhadra Swamy temple tank at Motupalli village in Prakasam district.

The idols date back to 9th-10th centuries AD. The discovery was made by E. Sivanagi Reddy, a Buddhist archaeologist and CEO of The Cultural Centre of Vijayawada as part of his survey of the area on Saturday.

Assisted by Govind, sarpanch of Rudramambapuram, a hamlet in Motupalli, a local resident Dhararatha Reddy Raju and Tenali-based amateur archaeologist K. Venkateswara Rao, Mr. Nagireddy pored over the area and identified a few pot shreds, Chinese enamel ware and fragments of shell bangles, all dated to the Chola period.

In the vicinity, a huge red colour earthenware (a jar) and three terracotta rings with a din of 4-0 ft and 1-ft-high also dating back to the Chola era were found.

The left palm of the Buddha idol has a motif of a Dharmachakra, similar to an idol found in Amaravati earlier, also belonging to the 9th-10th centuries AD. Another Buddha idol carved in black basalt stone was also found in the debris. Mr. Nagireddy said the articles discovered were of great historic significance.

He said that excavations taken up by the Department of Archaeology in the 1970s yielded Chinese ware and copper coins of the Ming dynasty, coins belonging to the Chola era and bronze articles and pottery at the port area confirming that Motupalli had served as an international port town during the medieval period.

Mr. Nagireddy explained to the local residents the historical significance of Motupalli and Rudramambapuram village. Instead of waiting for Government officials they could enlighten others in the village about the need to preserve heritage for posterity and contribute their mite in achieving the same. He said a scientific probe would bring to the fore the cultural significance of the place.


Excavated item is perhaps from the tallest Buddhist pagoda in Japan


The fragment was found at Kinkakuji temple and is probably from a part placed atop of a pagoda. Photo Credit: The Yomiuri Shimbun/Asia News Network.

from Archaeology & Arts

The pagoda was legendary but no traces had been found so far

A fragment discovered in Kinkakuji temple at Kyoto, Japan, is thought to be of the tallest pagoda ever built in Japan. The announcement was made last week by the Kyoto City Archaeological Research Institute.

The fragment is part of a sorin, a decorative part placed at the kurin, a circular part at the top of a pagoda. The item is made of bronze, it is 37.4 cm wide, 24.6 cm long, 1.5 cm thick and weighs 8.2 kilos. It is therefore estimated that the diameter of the kurin was about 2.4 metres.

The pagoda that experts believe the fragment belonged to was called Kitayama Daito, and it was found during excavations at a parking area. It is from the Muromachi period and the pagoda is thought to have been built by Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the third shogun of the Muromachi shogunate. He is said to have built two huge pagodas, one 109 metres tall, at Shokokuji, and another one, Kitayamaoto, where later Kinkakuji temple was built. Both structures were burnt by lightning.

This is the first fragment of the structure found, and researchers hope it will yield useful information regarding the size and appearance of the pagoda. Three bronze fragments were found in total that seem to have broken off from a circular objects, but the one described here is the largest. It is made of copper with gold leafing.

According to Yoshiaki Maeda, deputy director of the Kyoto City Archaeological Research Institute, Kitayama Daito was perhaps the tallest Buddhist pagoda ever built in Japan.

According to a document from the Muromachi period, the tallest known pagoda built in Japan was about 110 metres. The new fragments suggest that Kitayama Daito was about the same size. However, no remains of its foundation have been found, and it is not known where it was located. So, according to Yoshiyuki Tomishima, associate professor of architectural history at the Kyoto University Graduate School of Engineering, it is necessary to uncover the location of the tower before we can say for sure that the fragments are from Kitayam Daito.

The parts will be on special exhibition at Kyoto City Archaeological Museum from July 9 through November 27.

1. Asia One, http://www.newsjs.com/url.php?p=http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/discovery-fragment-hints-japans-legendary-100m-tall-pagoda (10/07/2016)
2. The Asahi Shimbun, http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/photo/AS20160709002342.html (09/07/2016)
3. The Japan News, http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003067900 (14/07/2016)


Buddhist Relics Discovered in A Hindu Shrine in Andhra Pradesh

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Published by : Ruchira Ghosh

Andhra Pradesh, July 14: Here is some news for lovers of history and archaeology. A slice of history has come alive –on the banks of Krishna River at Pondugula in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district.

Buddhist relics pertaining to the 3rd century have been unearthed here recently. The relics may be ascribed to the Ikshvaku dynasty and its regime. All the pillars are adorned with half lotus medallions and floral designs These were later used as plinths of the Jalapeshwar temple erected by Vengi Chalukyas in the 8th century AD.

Well known archaeologist and CEO of Vijaywada’s cultural centre E Sivangi Reddy teamed up with Dr M Ravi Krishna a prominent literary historian based in Guntur , for this project.

The duo surveyed the site of the relics and were amazed to find pillars with Buddhist carvings being used as plinth for the Hindu temple. Reddy disclosed that similar Buddhist relics again hailing from Ikshvaku period had been unearthed at Manchikallu, Goli Rentala, Gurazala,Kadambapadu and Modugula et al.

These areas are located not too far from the site discovered lately. The collectively comprise what is known as Buddhist belt of the Ikshvaku era. Reddy went on to add, as per inscriptions on one of the pillars, the entire temple and its carvings were conceptualized and executed by a sculptor named Kalagarabharanacharya (literal: gem among sculptors) unfortunately one of the pillars has suffered damages owing to vagaries of weather.

Currently the site is under the protection of the Archaeological survey of India. Reddy urged that the ASI must take good care of the temple as well as the precious pillars which are now a part and parcel of the shrine in question.


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