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1000-Year-Old Chinese Mummy Gets Ct Scan In Amersfoort

Picture: Jan van Esch / Meander Medisch Centrum

Picture: Jan van Esch / Meander Medisch Centrum

by Janene Van Jaarsveldt

A special examination recently occurred in the Meander Medical Center. A nearly 1,000 year old mummy received a CT scan and had samples taken with an endoscope. Several hospital employees helped with this unique project in their free time.

The leader of this study is the Amersfoort resident Erik Bruijn, an expert in the field of Buddhist art and culture and guest curator at the World Museum in Rotterdam. Gastrointestinal and liver doctor Reinoud Vermeijden and radiologist Ben Heggelman received the Chinese mummy at the hospital for internal examination on September 3rd. The mummy was part of the Mummies exhibition earlier this year and dates from the 11th or 12th century.

Picture: Jan van Esch / Meander Medisch Centrum

Picture: Jan van Esch / Meander Medisch Centrum

The mummy is the mummified body of the Buddhist master Liuquan, who belonged to the Chinese Meditation School. The discovery of the mummy is of great cultural significance. It is not only the only one of its kind, but also the only Chinese Buddhist mummy that is available for scientific research in the West. Continue reading

NY Thangka Painting Classes

Buddhist mural at Rubin Museum of Art

Carmen Mensink is a Dutch painter working in the Tibetan thangka tradition and will be conducting classes throughout the state of New York during July 2014.  For a full schedule and descriptions of classes, please visit her website here.

Asian pavilion at Dutch nat’l museum opens with Buddhist ritual

Kyodo News InternationalOctober 14, 2013 06:17

The Rijksmuseum, the National Museum of the Netherlands, held an inauguration ceremony for its Asian Pavilion on Sunday with 11 priests from a famous Japanese temple carrying out a Buddhist ritual for the two 14th-century wooden statues from Japan to be displayed as the centerpiece of the pavilion.

The “kaigen kuyo” ceremony, whereby a newly built Buddhist image is brought to life by having its eyes opened, for the pair of statues, which are commonly called “Nio” statues in Japan, was held by the priests from the Daikakuji temple in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto.

“It is the first time in history for priests from the temple to carry out the ceremony of inauguration overseas,” Menno Fitski, curator of the Asian Art department, told the audience at the ceremony held for the official opening of the pavilion at the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum.

The “Nio” are two wrath-filled and muscular guardians of the Buddha, and are commonly standing at the entrance of many Buddhist temples in Japan in the form of frightening statues to prevent evil from entering the temples as well as in other Asian countries including China and South Korea. Continue reading