Art

  • Beautiful rare photos show Tibet 100 years ago Paid Member

    London's Bonhams Fine Art Auctioneers is currently auctioning rare photographs taken over 100 years ago in Tibet. The pictures were photographed by British officer John Claude White during a military mission to Tibet in 1903-1904. From NPR: More »
  • A Day for Bodhidharma Paid Member

    You can learn a lot of things perusing the Treeleaf Zendo message boards, including that today is Bodhidharma Day. What do we do on Bodhidharma Day? We sit, in order to honor the Zen ancestor who brought Zen from India to China. Bodhidharma is usually presented a bad-tempered barbarian who sat facing a wall meditating for nine years. In order to always stay awake, he cut off his eyelids, and tea plants sprang from them where they landed. Yum! Here are some Bodhidharma Day recipes. If you're in China, you could visit the recently unearthed Bodhidharma Stupa. More »
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    Buddhism meets Abstract Expressionism Paid Member

    Mandala Harish Saluja, a painter, filmmaker, radio host, and director of a Asian arts & culture nonprofit, recently shared his newest paintings in a show titled "Mandalas and Deities," at the Mendelson Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.  While Saluja's earlier successes as a painter came as he explored Indian music and Jazz through his unique abstract expressionist lens, his recent works were an exploration of Buddhist and Hindu themes and imagery.  I think they're great. via Kurt Shaw, art critic for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, More »
  • Buddhism and the Suffering Artist Paid Member

    On September 13, 2010 a few of us Tricyclers had the good fortune to be able to attend a conversation about contemplation and creativity between Matthieu Ricard and Philip Glass, moderated by Mark Epstein. While the event was really fantastic with many inspiring and interesting ideas discussed, it left me chewing on some thoughts. It left me wondering about the role of suffering in art and the archetype of the suffering artist. At one point Ricard said something along the lines of, “If we can speak about creativity, I think that it comes out of the space and awareness cultivated through meditation.” However, if meditation is primarily a means for us to get a handle on our suffering, what about all of the beautiful art that comes out of suffering? More »
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    The Sound of One Hand at Japan Society Paid Member

    National Touring Exhibition and First U.S. Retrospective Illuminates the Art and Life of Preeminent Zen Master Hakuin The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin October 1, 2010 – January 9, 2011 at Japan Society Gallery New York, NY — What’s the sound of one hand clapping? This famous meditational question was first framed as “What is the sound of one hand?” by Hakuin Ekaku, an 18th century painter and Zen master whose work is showcased at Japan Society from October 1, 2010 to January 9, 2011 in The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin. “Although a major figure in Japanese art and widely regarded as the most important Zen master of the last 600 years, Hakuin is virtually unknown to American audiences today—a situation Japan Society intends to redress with this, the first retrospective of his work ever to be seen in the United States,” says Joe Earle, Director of Japan Society Gallery. More »
  • Beautiful photographs by photographer who shoot iconic cover for National Geographic Paid Member

    The work of the photographer who once captured the face of an Afghan girl for the iconic cover of National Geographic is now on display at the Birmingham Museum in Birmingham, England. Steve McCurry's photographs will be on display through mid-October in an exhibit titled Steve McCurry---Retrospective. In a recent interview with CNN, McCurry reflected on several decades of travel and photography and spoke about his interest in Buddhism: As a photographer, you want to serve, you want the story to be told, in the most accurate, balanced way, to inform and give people a voice," he said. While many of his images document people in times of hardship, others in his portfolio are joyful explorations of situations on his doorstep as well as in far-flung places. More »