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Kyoto temple to show long-concealed Buddhist statues for the first time

Asahi Shimbun
14 November 2013

The three Buddhist statues in the foreground were hidden inside the larger Bishamonten standing statue at Bishamon-do Shourinji temple in Kyoto. (Noboru Tomura)

The three Buddhist statues in the foreground were hidden inside the larger Bishamonten standing statue at Bishamon-do Shourinji temple in Kyoto. (Noboru Tomura)

KYOTO–A temple here will offer the first public viewing of two 250-year-old Buddhist statues and one dating back a millennium that were hidden in the body of a larger statue.

The three statues were discovered in 2009 at Bishamon-do Shourinji temple in Higashiyama Ward. They had been concealed in a 30-centimeter-high, deep-red case within the waist of a 1.5-meter-high standing statue of Bishamonten, a god that protects Buddhism and the principal image of the temple.

The three statues are called Bishamonten Sanzonzo, or “three reverend statues of Bishamonten.”

The standing statue has also been secretly kept at the temple, a branch of the Tofukuji temple that heads the Tofukuji school of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism.

The three statues were shown to the media on Nov. 12. They will be available for public viewing starting on Nov. 15. Continue reading

“Open to openness”: How Buddhism influenced the creative life of Philadelphia artist Doris Staffel

Shambhala Sun
01 Nov 2013

Doris Staffel, Untitled, from the ‘White Tara’ series, c. 1972-1973

“I had to learn to be open to openness, which is not easy to do.” Such is the way Doris Staffel described how her 45 years of Buddhist practice informed her growth into one of the Philadelphia area’s most respected and beloved artists and teachers. Staffel passed away on September 13 at the age of 91. A celebration of her life, artistry, spirit, and legacy is to take place today at Philadelphia’s Arch Street Meeting House.

Doris Staffel began exploring Buddhist teachings and meditation in 1968, according to an extensivePhiladelphia Inquirer obituary, and this quickly colored how she taught. Betsey Batchelor, a student of Staffel’s at the Philadelphia College of Art in 1972, remembers this:

“Her teaching methods were influenced by Buddhism, Batchelor said. She recalled struggling with a painting in class once and hearing Mrs. Staffel softly say: ‘When you have a necklace and it has a knot in it, you don’t yank at it.’” Continue reading

Tibetan Handicrafts Co-op launches online retail shop
October 25, 2013

Kalon Dolma Gyari (centre) with Special Guest Mr Siva Reddy, managing director of GOCOOP and Mr Tashi Wangdu, CEO of FTCI.

Kalon Dolma Gyari (centre) with special guest Mr Siva Reddy, Managing Director of GOCOOP and Mr Tashi Wangdu, CEO of FTCI at the launch of

DHARAMSHALA: Home Kalon Dolma Gyari of the Central Tibetan Administration today launched an online retail shop for Tibetan handicrafts and artefacts. The online shop, is an initiative of the Federation of Tibetan Co-operatives in India (FTCI) Ltd.

Lauding the efforts of FTCI to provide innovative services and products, Kalon Dolma Gyari said that this online shop is a step in the right direction, adding that such initiatives are in tune with the 14th Kashag’s principles of unity, innovation and self- reliance. She expressed hope that this online shop would cater to consumers of Tibetan products worldwide, thereby procuring more profit for Tibetan artisans and craftsmen. Continue reading

AKSHA: Preserving Asian sacred art traditions

AKSHA is a platform for preserving knowledge within Asian spiritual art traditions and supporting their application in the contemporary world.

We give collectors, artists, and students access to teachings conveyed through art, while plugging regional craftsmen into a global community.

Washington, DC Festival: BUDDHAFEST [20 – 23 June 2013]


Featuring Leading Teachers & Speakers:

Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan, Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni, Rev. Marilyn Sewell, Ruth King, Anand Mehrotra, Marianne Elliott and Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr.

BuddhaFest is a 4-day festival inspired by the Buddhist practices of mindfulness, compassion and meditation. It’s held at Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA, just outside Washington, DC. Last year’s festival filled over 4,000 seats, and almost all events sold out. PLEASE GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY.

Artisphere is conveniently located just off Route 66 and the George Washington Memorial Parkway, near the Key Bridge. It’s two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro, and parking is free.

More info [here].

Running under a giant [thangka] for good tidings

The Star
May 25, 2013

Empowering act: Devotees allowing the ‘thangka’ to undergo the traditional practice of drawing power from the sun at the Enlightened Heart Buddhist Centre in Tambun, Ipoh.
Empowering act: Devotees allowing the ‘thangka’ to undergo the traditional        practice of drawing power from the sun at the                                                                        Enlightened Heart Buddhist Centre in Tambun, Ipoh, Malaysia.

IPOH: Hundreds of devotees unfurled a giant canvas painting of Sakyamuni Buddha at the Enlightened Heart Buddhist Centre in Tambun here, in conjunction with Wesak Day.

It is a traditional practice to unfurl the thangka in the temple compounds for it to draw power from the sun.

Devotees would also run under the 60m by 12m canvas to receive blessings from Buddha.

Buddhists also thronged other temples around the city to perform prayers, seeking blessings during the celebration, which commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.


Video: A Shedra Life: Child monks of Buddhist monasteries

By Zainab Sayeed and Jamia Millia Islamia
May 15, 2013


According to Buddhist scriptures, a child mature enough to protect fields from insects and birds is capable of choosing the path of “lamahood.” At times children as young as 7 or 8 are admitted to the austere discipline of the monasteries.

Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, Bir, in Himachal Pradesh, India, is dotted with monasteries. This audio slideshow is an inside view into the lives of child “lamas” and their desires and aspirations.