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A Taste of Buddhism: Buddhadasa Indapaňňo Archives (Bangkok)

Published on December 6th, 2012 | by Bangkok 101

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On the edge of Chatuchak Park sits a state-of-the-art Buddhist centre filled with religious writings, talks, meditation classes and followers. Elizabeth Preger goes in search of enlightenment.

Always curious to know more about Thai culture, I woke up bright and early on a recent Sunday morning to visit the Buddhadasa Indapaňňo Archives (B.I.A.). Located in Chatuchak Park, the centre is an archive of some of the most revered Thai Buddhist writings, a space to meditate, and to maybe, just maybe, find Nirvana. Happily for me – and others like me – they hold a free monthly tour in English of its premises. Continue reading

Buddhist sites in Andhra Pradesh ignored in pilgrimage tourism plan

Times of India
Dec 9, 2012

HYDERABAD: Buddhism may have had its heyday in the past in Andhra Pradesh but not anymore as none of the 150 Buddhist sites of the region figure in the Union tourism ministry’s list of “spiritual pilgrimage sites”.

The Union tourism ministry had appointed a consultant to identify the Buddhist locations, which included places like Bodh Gaya in Bihar, Sarnath, Kushinagar and Piparvah in Uttar Pradesh among many other tourist destinations. But strangely none from Andhra Pradesh was included in the list released by minister of state for tourism K Chiranjeevi. The sites in the state, which are considered most important in South India, do not even figure in the extended pilgrimage list released by the ministry. “Many sites in the state have spiritual value for Buddhists. Around 18 monastic establishments (a unit comprising stupas and monasteries) are said to contain the corporeal relics of Buddha and hence are highly venerated by adherents of the faith. Viharas (monasteries ) also exist at many sites but are in a dilapidated condition and need immediate restoration and conservation for restoring their spiritual value,” said B Subrayamanyam , an expert on Buddhism.

An archeological expert requesting anonymity said lack of tourism facilities at state’s Buddhist sites could have worked against its inclusion. “At Bodhgaya and Sarnath, tourism is highly developed . But Buddhist sites in the state do not even have signage leave alone facilities for tourist accommodation. Many locations are unknown. In addition to being in a state of neglect, they are not even promoted by the government,” he said. Though the central tourism ministry reportedly worked for identification of sites with all the states, given the paltry allocation of funds and lack of exposure, it comes as no surprise that Buddhist sites in AP are not being considered for pilgrimage. Experts add that though the state government is working on the ambitious Nagarjunasagar Buddhavanam project where efforts are being made to depict the life of Buddha through sculptures, the sanction of funds for repairs and regular maintenance of the sites is only marginal.

The constitution of the circuits is expected to bring about development in the selected locations particularly improved rail and road connectivity besides development of tourist amenities that will further cater to tourism prospects.

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Bangladesh: Paharpur Buddhist Bihar of Bangladesh – UNESCO World …

Bangladesh: Paharpur Buddhist Bihar of Bangladesh – UNESCO World
By Vincent
With its simple, harmonious lines and its profusion of carved decoration, it influenced Buddhist architecture as far away as Cambodia. Posted by Vincent at 11:45 PM. Labels: architecture, Bangladesh, buddhist bihar, naogaon, paharpur,
Bangladesh – http://matrivumibangla.blogspot.com/

Shrines shine light into the inner soul


Shrines shine light into the inner soul
Mainichi Daily News – Japan
Shrine architecture is another appeal. Recently, I took a friend of mine visiting and Nara where many Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples are located.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai
Wall Street Journal – USA
centuries-old wats, or Buddhist temples, that still serve as spiritual and Rotating exhibits about Lanna architecture are staged in a small gallery

ASI to develop ancient site of Vikramshila Mahavihara

ASI to develop ancient site of Vikramshila Mahavihara
Times of India – New Delhi,India
Former HoD of ancient Indian history and archaeology, Patna University, the late BP Sinha Context’ in the Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies.

Revered creatures … children dance in the festival’s final act …

Revered creatures . . . children dance in the festival’s final act .

Revered creatures … children dance in the festival’s final act
Brisbane Times – Brisbane,Queensland,Australia
are still sought from the chang (Thai for elephant) at Buddhist ceremonies. The architecture has many similarities to the Khmer temples that once