08 March 2014
The ancient Buddha images that were found near Tawagu Pagoda at the old Armenian cemetery inside Linzin cemetery in Amarapura (Photo – Htay Hla Aung/EMG)
MANDALAY—Sixteen ancient Buddha images from the early Konbaung dynasty era have been excavated at the old Armenian cemetery site inside the Linzin cemetery in Amarapura of Mandalay Region.
The images were found on March 5 and 6 while clearing the surroundings of the Tawagu Pagoda on the site of the old cemetery. A statue of a Nat (spirit) was also found together with the Buddha images. Continue reading
The former Trinity Youth Services school in Ukiah has been closed since 2009. (PD file)
By GLENDA ANDERSON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT (California)
February 22, 2014, 4:34 PM
A historic seven-building, 5-acre complex that has sat vacant in the center of Ukiah’s west side residential neighborhood for almost five years is on the verge of getting a new lease on life from the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association.
The group’s purchase of the former orphanage is in escrow, said David Rounds, who sits on the association’s board of directors. The association owns The Sagely City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, an internationally known spiritual and educational center located on about 700 acres in Talmage, just east of Ukiah.
Rounds said the association plans to expand the Talmage center’s university into the downtown complex, a onetime orphanage and boarding school run by Dominican nuns. Most recently, the property was used as a boarding school for troubled youth, Trinity Youth Services.
Rounds declined to give further details of the Buddhist association’s new project, saying the plans remain in flux.
City officials were pleased by the news.
“The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas has shown themselves to be inclusive, respectful and engaged with the community. I’m excited about the possibilities of what their presence closer to town could mean for both of us,” said Ukiah City Councilwoman Mary Anne Landis. Continue reading
The Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library is pleased to announce the addition of two related catalogues to its web pages.
The catalogues give details of material copied by the project EAP177 and EAP326 and relate to the Buddhist archive of photography in Luang
An EAP pilot project (EAP086) investigated the extent and conditions of an archive of Theravada Buddhist photographs now mainly preserved in one monastery of Luang Prabang/Laos, and started scanning and digitizing the material.
The material found is of high scientific and documentary significance, and very rare. In more than 15,000 single photographs, it covers 120 years of Buddhist photography. Continue reading
08th March 2014
India’s Ambassador to South Korea Vishnu Prakash (centre) holding the sacred sapling from India’s Bodhi Tree. | IANS
South Korea, almost a quarter of whose population of 50 million are Buddhists, has received a sapling of the sacred Bodhi Tree from India’s Bodh Gaya town, a fulfilment of an offer Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made to South Korean President Park Geun-hye, as a special gesture of India’s friendship and goodwill, when she visited India in January this year.
The sapling, carried by representatives of India’s external affairs ministry and the forest service of South Korea, was received at Seoul airport Friday by Vishnu Prakash, India’s ambassador to South Korea, Jeong Byeongwho, deputy director general of South Korea’s foreign ministry, and Lee Chang-jae, director general of the Korean Forest Service, according to a press statement issued by the Indian embassy in Seoul.
The sapling will be temporarily housed at the Korea National Arboretum and, in due course, shifted to its permanent abode at a prominent Buddhist temple in this country to enable Buddhists to pay their respects, something that is being seen as yet another “powerful symbol” of India-South Korea friendship and close people-to-people ties.
Golden Visions of Densatil: A Tibetan Buddhist Monastery A 15th-century panel of goddesses is featured in an exhibition reconstructing elements of this destroyed site, at Asia Society. Credit Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times
‘Golden Visions of Densatil’ Opens at Asia Society
By HOLLAND COTTERFEB. 20, 2014
You have to hate or fear something a lot to do what China did to Tibetan Buddhism. In the early 20th century, Tibet had thousands of active monasteries; when the Cultural Revolution ended in 1976, it had fewer than 10. The politics of blame are always tricky; some scholars argue that Tibetans themselves, for complicated reasons, contributed to the purge. But one reality is plain: By the time the mass demolition wound down, centuries’ worth of religious art was gone.
Among the major losses was the Densatil Monastery. High in the mountains in central Tibet, it was founded in the 12th century and famed throughout Tibet for its art, particularly for a set of eight sculpture-encrusted and gilded stupas, or reliquary monuments, each over 10 feet tall, that stood in its worship hall. In the campaigns of destruction, Densatil was cruelly hit. It wasn’t just dismantled; it was pulverized. The assumption was that none of its art survived.
But some did survive, hidden away by devotees, or taken by Chinese military personnel. Beginning in the 1980s, astonishing examples of these metal sculptures — three-dimensional figures, relief plaques, architectural ornaments — that had covered the stupas began to appear with growing frequency on the Western market. Continue reading
27 Feb 2014
Like me, you may have assumed Buddhism was such a happy religion. Until I discovered Buddhist Hell, deep in the South of Sri Lanka, I figured that Buddhist temples were full of kind, enlightened, robe-wearing folks, living out their days in this world performing good deeds, and getting a stack of good karma to boot. From a Western perspective, brand-Buddhism is pacifism, tranquility, and paying a hundred bucks to see the Shaolin Monks world tour, and being ripped off by Buddhist monks selling plastic beads. But wait, there’s more.
Unfortunately, visiting Sri Lanka, one of the most stunning island nations on the entire planet, has taught me everything I never wanted to know about Buddhism. Like all religions, Buddhism has a special dark place where people just don’t want to end up in this life, or any other. Buddhists refer to it as “Naraka” or “Niraya”. You may know it as “hell”. One artists vision of this tormented and gruesome place is on display inside the Buddhist temple named Wewurukannala Vihara, in the town named Dikwella. And the Buddhist version of hell, makes your version of hell seem like not such a terrible place.
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Chinese Standing Buddha, 550-577CE. Limestone Shandong Provence Northern Qi, 74 inches. Photo: Throckmorton Fine Art.
NEW YORK, NY.- To coincide with Asia Week in March, 2014, Throckmorton Fine Art is presenting a special exhibition titled, “ Celestial Deities: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture CA 500 – 1100 CE”. A detailed catalogue has been published to accompany this New York show which will remain on view through April 26th.
According to Spencer Throckmorton, “The thirty-one Early Buddhist Sculptures are rare survivors of Buddhist purges in the past; many were buried for centuries. They have been carefully cleaned, revealing their sublime beauty and refined elegance. Each piece has been carefully studied by Chinese scholars, with photographs and analyses included in an accompanying catalogue prepared under the guidance of Dr. Qing Chang and Dr. Elizabeth Childs-Johnson. Continue reading