Visions of Bhaishajyaguru, the Healing Buddha

In the year 680 CE, shortly after the Buddhist teachings had started to take root in Japan, the 40th Japanese emperor, Tenmu (r. 673–86), was worried for the health of his consort and commissioned the construction of a Buddhist temple as a prayer for her recovery. The temple was dedicated to the Buddha of Healing, […]

Singapore Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery

The largest monastery in Singapore is home to a crematorium, a college, and one of Asia’s largest indoor Buddha statues. Resting amidst a mix of residential buildings and industrial estates is the largest monastery in Singapore. Built in 1921, Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery, or Bright Hill Temple, is a Buddhist temple complex […]

Base of sixth century temple found in Stung Treng province

Officials in Stung Treng province have discovered the foundation of a sixth century temple during a survey in a biodiversity conservation corridor in Borei O’Svay Senchey district. The foundation and an ancient pond nearby were found on Tuesday during a joint survey carried out by the provincial environment and culture and fine arts departments in […]

Dhammakaya Sect is Building Bangkok’s Next Top Buddha

BANGKOK — A gigantic Buddha statue under construction in western Bangkok is set to become the city’s tallest Buddha figure when it is completed later this year. The 69 meter tall statue – approximately the neck-craning height of a 20-storey building – is being built by followers of the Dhammakaya sect at Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen. […]

NOMA Presents “Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society”

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) presents Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society, on view March 13 through June 7. Presenting nearly seventy of the finest examples of Asian art in the United States, Buddha […]

Archeologists find ancient lion statue at Cambodia’s temple complex

PHNOM PENH, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) — Archeologists have unearthed a large ancient lion statue during an excavation at an ancient pond’s jetty in the Banteay Chhmar temple’s complex in northwest Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province, a culture official said on Tuesday. Prak Sovannara, the director-general of the culture ministry’s heritage department, said the larger-than-life lion statue […]