Gandhara, the ancient kingdom that gave world its first Buddha sculptures

The anthropomorphised Buddha made way for narrative reliefs depicting his life, replete with iconography borrowed from Graeco-Roman and subcontinental cultures. Gandharan Sculpture: A genre of sculpture that arose and developed between 100 BCE and 700 CE in the ethnically diverse and religiously tolerant cultures of the ancient region of Gandhara, in the northwest of the […]

Buddhist sites: Religious tourism in Pakistan

RELIGIOUS tourism is an important part of the tourism industry and is also called special interest tourism. It is usually related to the followers of specific faiths who visit sites that are considered holy sites. Religious sites are not only visited by the pilgrims but also visited by non-religious tourists since they have cultural, historical […]

Treasures of Afghan History, Art and Culture

The Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts in Paris is displaying the fruits of a century of partnership between France and Afghanistan. A relaxed Buddha, made of unbaked clay, from around the seventh century, discovered by Jean Carl in 1937 in an excavation by La Délégation Archéologique Française en Afghanistan, or DAFA. By Nazanin Lankarani […]

The Mahabodhi Temple, Site of the Buddha’s Enlightenment

The Mahabodhi Temple is believed to mark the place where the Buddha realized enlightenment. This is the central, foundational event in the tradition of Buddhism. But the temple was neglected for centuries, and its origins forgotten, until it caught the attention of European scholars and archeologists in the 19th century. Today the restored temple is […]

Green Tara: Feel Her Wisdom and Love

A fully enlightened female buddha, Tara is the actuality of compassion and wisdom. Meditating on her, says Lama Palden Drolma, can awaken our own buddhanature. Tara is the most beloved of all the female enlightened beings in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon. The essence of awakened love and compassion, she is known as “the mother of […]

Ancient stories told on stone in Borobodur

ANN/THE STAR – British statesman Stamford Raffles is noted worldwide as the founder of modern Singapore but not many know him as the discoverer of the iconic Borobudur Temple in Indonesia. Regarded as one of the world’s greatest Buddhist monuments, it was built around the eighth and ninth centuries during the golden period of the […]

Lighting the Mahabodhi: Siddhartha’s Intent India Announces International Light Sculpture Design Contest

Siddartha’s Intent India, founded by the renowned Bhutanese lama, filmmaker, and author Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche, has announced a new update to the ambitious initiative to illuminate the sacred Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya. Despite delays due to pandemic lockdowns and restrictions in India, the organization announced that the project is now poised to be […]