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Vancouver dance festival opens with Chinese-Canadian show

English.news.cn 2014-03-08 18:55:22

VANCOUVER, March 7 (Xinhua) — The 14th Vancouver International Dance Festival opened on Friday with a collaborative performance from Chinese and Canadian dance groups.

In the Vancouver debut of Mustard Seed, the Guangdong Modern Dance Company collaborated with the Vancouver-based Goh Ballet Company to tell the story of a Buddhist metaphor in which a tiny mustard seed can encapsulate all the wonders in the world.

Goh Ballet Academy director Chan Hon Goh said the collaboration had been a fantastic experience and an opportunity for the young academy members to grow as dancers.

“For the Goh Ballet local dancers, they’ve been infused in the studio with new vocabulary and the capability of breaking ground, trying to show what they know and collaborating, finding one another. It’s been tremendous in terms of their development,” she said.

The annual Vancouver International Dance Festival started on March 7 and runs through March 29.

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Buddhist Art and Culture: course at the Royal Ontario Museum

This course is an introduction to the field of Buddhist art historiography, with an emphasis on the relationships between visual arts, Buddhist philosophy and religion, and the cultural manifestations of the faith and its arts across the world.

Instructor: Sudharshan Durayappah is a teacher in the Education Department of the Royal Ontario Museum.

All sales are final. Order is non-refundable
Public: $215.00

Date & Time
Saturdays, January 18 – February 8, 2014, 1:30 – 3:30 pm (4 weeks)

Sessions
Saturday, January 18, 2014
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday, January 25, 2014
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday, February 1, 2014
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday, February 8, 2014
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Location
Royal Ontario Museum
Education Classrooms, Level 1
Main Entrance ►

Contact
416.586.5797
programs@rom.on.ca

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Buddhist Art and Culture course at Royal Ontario Museum [Jan-Feb 2014]

This course is an introduction to the field of Buddhist art historiography, with an emphasis on the relationships between visual arts, Buddhist philosophy and religion, and the cultural manifestations of the faith and its arts across the world.

Instructor: Sudharshan Durayappah is a teacher in the Education Department of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Date & Time
Saturdays, January 18 – February 8, 2014, 1:30 – 3:30 pm (4 weeks)

Sessions
Saturday, January 18, 2014
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday, January 25, 2014
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday, February 1, 2014
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Saturday, February 8, 2014
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Location
Royal Ontario Museum
Education Classrooms, Level 1

Contact
416.586.5797
programs@rom.on.ca

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Ruth Ozeki: Writing Is ‘a Form of Prayer’

WSJ
October 9, 2013

Ruth Ozeki, a Canadian-American of Japanese descent, is a novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest. Her third novel, “A Tale for the Time Being,” was shortlisted last month for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, whose winner will be announced Oct. 15.

The book tells the story of Ruth, a woman who finds a Japanese teenage girl’s diary washed up on a beach in British Columbia, which she suspects arrived as part of the debris from the catastrophic 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

In the diary, 16-year-old Nao talks to the reader about struggling with bullies in school as a Japanese citizen who spent her childhood in America. She also details her father’s multiple attempts at suicide, the life of her 104-year-old Buddhist nun grandmother, and her search for the story of an uncle who studied French and died in World War II as a kamikaze pilot.

Ms. Ozeki, 57, spoke to the Journal about the similarities between writing and prayer, being nominated for a Booker, and the impact of Japan’s 2011 tsunami and earthquake disaster on her work. Edited excerpts follow. Continue reading

Buddhist artist fire elements etc.

Hugo Yuen Buddhist nun B.J. Arnason-Muttit, talks about her art work and her connections with the teaching of Buddhism.

Hugo Yuen
Buddhist nun B.J. Arnason-Muttit, talks about her art work and her connections with the teaching of Buddhism.

Kamloops Daily NEws,
AUGUST 5, 2013

BY MIKE YOUDS
DAILY NEWS STAFF REPORTER

McLURE – The significance of seven Kamloopa Powwow pastel paintings to be sold by silent benefit auction next week can be best understood through the smoky haze of 2003.

Yet to appreciate the thinking of the artist behind the gift – which supports the SPCA and the New Life Mission – you have to go back a little farther than that, then fast-forward to 2013.

Confused? Don’t be, because there is absolute Buddhist clarity in the heart of B.J. Arnason-Muttitt.

A master pastel artist from McLure, Arnason-Muttitt created the works more than a decade ago as part of a series inspired by her visits to the powwow. They reflect the colour, movement and spirit integral to the gathering. Continue reading

[India exhibit thru Aug 20] The internal compass of Vera de Jong

The Hindu
Sujatha Shankar Kumar
August 10, 2013

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The 23 canvases on view at Sarala’s Art World are a meditative map of artist Vera de Jong’s journey from Canada to India.

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When I walk into the space with paintings by Vera de Jong, I feel I am witness to select parts of the earth on her canvases, mysterious parts that are etched and evolved, milked from the rich understanding that has sieved through the artist’s mind. It recalls an ancient Buddhist shrine with gardens, called Daigo-ji, more than a 1,000 years old, near Kyoto where Vera lived for four years. Daigo translates to “essence of milk” — a metaphor for the cream of thoughts. Order and serenity, clear lines, and the beauty and balance of Japanese aesthetic have undeniably influenced de Jong’s compositions. Continue reading

Pastel Art Exhibit from Buddhist Nun [McClure, Canada; Aug 15 – Oct 15]

KamLoopsNews.ca
Mike Youds
5 August, 2013

McLURE – The significance of seven Kamloopa Powwow pastel paintings to be sold by silent benefit auction next week can be best understood through the smoky haze of 2003.

Yet to appreciate the thinking of the artist behind the gift – which supports the SPCA and the New Life Mission – you have to go back a little farther than that, then fast-forward to 2013.

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Buddhist nun B.J. Arnason-Muttit, talks about her art work and her connections with the teaching of Buddhism. // Photo: Hugo Yuen

Confused? Don’t be, because there is absolute Buddhist clarity in the heart of B.J. Arnason-Muttitt.

A master pastel artist from McLure, Arnason-Muttitt created the works more than a decade ago as part of a series inspired by her visits to the powwow. They reflect the colour, movement and spirit integral to the gathering. Continue reading

International Buddhist Film Festival: Buddhist films bring insights to Vancouver

Vancouver Sun
Douglas Todd
29 July, 2013

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Scene from the movie, Mindfulness and Murder. It’s just one of the offerings at Vancouver’s International Buddhist Film Festival, which exists in part to counter Hollywood cynicism, hedonism and despair.

It’s become fashionable to trash Hollywood movies. But I think I’m becoming one of the unmerry band of trashers. Words cannot convey the emotional and intellectual emptiness I feel after walking out of most Hollywood movies of recent years.

My unpleasant reaction is not necessarily just to the artistic quality of the movies. It is mostly a reaction to their meaning quotient. So many American films seem to indulge in cynicism, nihilism, hedonism, consumption or despair. And when some of the movies actually do try to be more “positive” they mostly end up being sentimental.

End of mini-rant.

So it’s deeply refreshing to have The Vancouver International Film Festival and its theatre on Seymour. And it’s also cool the VIFF is currently sponsoring a week of films with either explicit or implicit Buddhist themes. It ends Thursday. Continue reading

Vancouver, Canada: THE INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST FILM FESTIVAL JULY 26 – AUG 1

Inside Vancouver
Shawn Conner
23 July, 2013

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An image from Samsara, one of the films screening with the International Buddhist Film Festival. Image courtesy VIFF.

Richard Gere and Johnny Depp are about the only recognizable names in the International Buddhist Film Festival. But don’t let that stop you from checking out the fascinating selection of entertaining and spiritual movies and documentaries that will be screened at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) July 26 – Aug 1. Continue reading

Halifax, Canada Exhibit: Four cameras, four artists, four visions (until 31 May 2013)

Herald Arts and Life
ELISSA BARNARD
May 25, 2013

 A detail from Carlo's Garage by Terry Bell, a Halifax-based photographer and colourist.

 A detail from Carlo’s Garage by Terry Bell, a Halifax-based photographer and colourist.

Four Lenses, an exhibit of colour photography at Secord Gallery in Halifax, is four cameras, four artists, four different ways of seeing the world.

Photographer Terry Bell uses an iPhone camera to document what catches his mind’s eye in everyday life.

Bell’s images are charming, narrative and vary from simple but evocative portraits to complex visual dramas. They include ice patterns, a black smudged cat, the fog in Point Pleasant Park, caged birds, the Ardmore restaurant with cars reflected on its window, elderly hands folded before a wine glass. Continue reading