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  • 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 […]

  • In Taiwan, an exhibition exploring the afterlife of East and Southeast Asia captures the spirit of the island

    More than 200,000 people have flocked to Ghosts and Hell: The Underworld in Asian Art at Tainan Art Museum, which unites Chinese jiangshi vampires, costumes from a Thai ghost festival and the wandering female spirit of Southeast Asian folklore. On a Thursday morning at the end of September, lines are already out the door at […]

  • 500-year-old 3-storey Thai pagoda crumbles after days of heavy rain

    Glass and bronze Buddha statues were found amongst the rubble. Donations are being sought for the restoration of a 500-year-old pagoda in Thailand that collapsed on Thursday (Sep. 29) after heavy rain. Located at Wat Sri Suphan in Chiang Mai’s Muang district, footage of the incident showed the moment the damaged structure crumbled into a […]

  • 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 […]

  • Kyrgyzstan’s Ancient Buddhist Temple Will Be Opened to the Public

    The unearthed remnants of an ancient Buddhist temple in Kyrgyzstan will be opened to the public in mid-September as part of UNESCO’s Krasnaya Rechka world heritage site, according to reports. The ancient Buddhist temple, which was built over 1,000 years ago, was the second temple discovered near the northern part of Krasnaya Rechka (City 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 […]

  • Other Ancient Buddhas Revealed as Water Levels Drop in China’s Yangtze River

    When outdoor enthusiast Gu Yunfeng heard that a once-submerged island had emerged in the Yangtze River, housing three Buddha statues, he decided to go swimming to see the 600-year-old Buddha statues. . A plummeting water level in the Yangtze River in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing has revealed a statue believed to be 600 […]

  • Leshan Grand Buddha shows its whole body due to the drought

    Affected by continuous high temperature and low precipitation, the river flow of the Dadu River, Qingyi River, and Minhe River has diminished significantly in Leshan, Southwest China’s Sichuan Province. The Leshan Grand Buddha, located at the confluence of the three rivers, is the tallest stone Buddha statue (71 meters in height) in the world. Recently, […]