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  • Book Review: Red Tara: The Female Buddha of Power and Magnetism

    On 29 November 2022, Snow Lion Publications, a part of Shambhala Publications, released Red Tara: The Female Buddha of Power and Magnetism by Rachael Stevens. In this gem of a book, the author takes us on a deeply personal journey into the world of the goddess Tara, and, as the title implies, specifically focuses on […]

  • Bhutan. Gelephu Buddha statue wears a new look

    Gelephu – Following a major renovation, the Buddha statue at the Gelephu Sports Association ground has taken on a new appearance. The statue was consecrated yesterday. In a strategic location near the four-arm roundabout en route to the main Gelephu town, anyone traveling via Gelephu can spot the majestic Buddha statue, formally known as Thubten […]

  • Visitors Flock to Landmark Exhibition of Buddha Relics in Singapore – Buddhistdoor Global

    The Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Singapore recently organized a rare celebration of the archaeological and historical legacy of Shakyamuni Buddha, with an exhibition of the treasured Kapilavastu Buddha relics. Titled “Beyond Time: The Legacy of Buddha’s Bone Relics” and hosted at Singapore’s Rise of Asia Museum, the five-day exhibition drew nearly 9,000 visitors from 24–29 […]

  • How sacred images in many Asian cultures incorporate divine presence and make them come ‘alive’

    Walking into a favorite restaurant here in Knoxville, Tennessee, I was immediately greeted by a golden statue of Buddha, its sparkling gemstone eyes meeting my own as I made my way through the door. The aromas of Thai curries beckoned, but as I was led to a table, I kept thinking about those glinting eyes. […]

  • A new book looks at the art of Tantric Buddhism

    ‘Buddhism: A Journey Through Art’ looks at Asia’s Buddhist visual art traditions, especially that of tantric Buddhist painting and sculpture Over its long, 2,500 year old history, the art of Buddhism has undergone many changes, while staying true, in essence, to the Buddha’s tenets of liberation and compassion. The ways that these changes have manifested […]

  • Buddha used to be Vishnu in India. In Sri Lanka, Vishnu is a future Buddha

    In 1848, less than a decade before North India’s 1857 uprising, a Sri Lankan chieftain, Gongalegoda Banda, prepared to rise up against the British. To do so he asked for the blessings of the island’s protector deity: not the Buddha, but Vishnu. But this Sri Lankan Vishnu was not the supreme Hindu deity familiar to […]

  • History fades as rising sea levels slowly destroy Thailand’s temple murals

    Rebecca Ratcliffe If you look closely, you can just about see the characters and scenes that once stretched across the walls of Wat Prasat, a temple in Nonthaburi. There’s the dark shape of an elephant’s head, a figure slouching on its back; outlines of swords pointing upwards to the centre of the display; patches of […]

  • Sri Lanka. Probe into Avukana Buddha statue robe incident

    A probe is scheduled to be launched immediately into the recent incident where the Avukana Buddha statue had been adorned with a saffron robe. Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Minister Vidura Wickremanayake has ordered a probe into the incident. It is a legally punishable offence to alter the existing character of a statue of archaeological […]

  • Walk Through the Path of Buddha at Lumbini, Nepal

    Embarking on a journey to Lumbini is not just a travel expedition; it’s a pilgrimage to the heart of spiritual awakening and peace. Located in the Rupandehi District of Nepal, Lumbini is revered as the birthplace of Lord Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. This sacred site offers a profound connection to the roots of Buddhism and invites […]