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  • The Gorgeous Tibetan Book of Proportions

    An eighteenth-century pattern book consisting of 36 ink drawings showing precise iconometric guidelines for depicting the Buddha and Bodhisattva figures. Written in Newari script with Tibetan numerals, the book was apparently produced in Nepal for use in Tibet. The concept of the ‘ideal image’ of the Buddha emerged during the Golden Age of Gupta rule, […]

  • Devadatta in Hell

    One of Buddhism’s most reviled villains was crucified in the Buddhist underworld. When French Christians arrived in Siam in the 17th century, venerating images of Christ on the cross, dialogue between the two religions reached an impasse. In the stories of the Buddha’s life there are two villains. The first is Mara, the Buddhist deity […]

  • Lushena Buddha glows for New Year at Longmen Grottoes

    Tourists poured into the Longmen Grottoes scenic area in Luoyang, central China’s Henan Province, many of whom crowded in front of the Lushena Buddha as the New Year ushered in. The scenic area, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000, shone soft lighting around the ancient landmark of the Lushena as […]

  • Phoenix to Tortoise and Fu Dog: Importance of popular Fein Shui signs

    01/9​Laughing Buddha to Tortoise: Importance of popular Fein Shui signs​ Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese art, focuses on harmonizing individuals with their surrounding environment to promote positive energy and well-being. Among its various elements, certain symbols hold significant importance, believed to attract prosperity, good fortune, and positive vibes into one’s life. From the enduring symbolism […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Temple Of Sacred Tooth Relic Draws Devotees, Tourists

    Located in Kandy, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, or Sri Dalada Maligawa, is a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists. Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is a small but diverse country with plenty of charm. With its pristine beaches, rich biodiversity, large cinnamon and tea exportation, and stunning natural wonders, Sri Lanka has […]

  • Sacred Animals of India, by Nanditha Krishna. Garuda, Naga, Hanuman, Ganesha, Rat

    2008.244 pages,  illustrated.  $14.00 U.S. Kindle;  $14.95 paperback. Reviewed by Merritt Clifton Sacred Animals of India,  continuously in print now for 15 years,   “was to have been ready in time for the Asia for Animals conference held in January 2007 at Chennai,”  prefaces author Nanditha Krishna.   “However, when I began researching the subject,  I discovered […]

  • Bingling Temple Grottoes World Heritage Site reopens after Gansu quake

    A file photo shows the central Buddha statue of the Bingling Temple Grottoes in Yongjing County, northwest China’s Gansu Province. /CFP The Bingling Temple Grottoes, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site situated in Yongjing County in northwest China’s Gansu Province, officially reopened to the public on December 26 after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rattled the region […]

  • India. 2600-year-old Staircase to heaven

    Sankisa Basantpur, Farrukhabad: After a four-hour drive from Lucknow, six-hour from Delhi — the last leg of which takes one though stretches barely as wide as one’s car, crisscrossing villages with population of 500 or less, lush green vegetation on both sides, old trees gnarled into overhead arches — one arrives at Sankisa Basantpur in […]

  • India. Discovering the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya in Bihar

    Bodh Gaya in Bihar is home to the sacred Mahabodhi Temple, which is an ancient marvel. This sacred site marks the very spot where Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment, transcending into the Buddha. Built by Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century, the temple’s architecture, blending Indian, Burmese, and Tibetan styles, attracts visitors from near and far. […]