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    Buddhism's crumbling past Paid Member

    Not to be an alarmist, but preserving Buddhism's past is an increasingly challenging endeavor. And while the truth of impermanence is fundamental to the Buddhist teachiings, no one said it's easy. Bamiyan was a heartbreaker, and recent news that the Chinese may blow up the ancient ruins of a newly discovered monastery in order to mine for copper raised another alarm. Now, an SOS to Unesco from Buddhist Art News: More »
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    White Tara Watercolors Paid Member

    This beautiful White Tara watercolor painting, entitled White Tara in the Garden, was sent our way by artist Lasha Mutual. Lasha is currently working on a project to complete a series of 108 White Tara paintings. Her work is informed by her passion for representing femininity in Eastern philosophies. View more of Lasha's White Tara paintings here. More »
  • Right attitude Paid Member

    Shinno Yamasoba, 58, is the vice head priest at Daijyo-ji, an an 8th-century Shingon temple three hours outside Kyoto by train. In the Japan Times, he shares some monkish wisdom with Japanese TV reporter Judit Kawaguchiwho: "We'll know if the road was correct when we arrive," Yamasoba says, "That's how we Buddhists think. But since a monk's road is never straight, the trip is always fun. It really doesn't matter where I'm going." More »
  • The Biggest Book in the World Paid Member

    If you spent your summer rifling through cheap paperbacks and you're ready for something more substantial here's a recommendation: the biggest book in the world. Measuring 5 x 7 feet and weighing 133 pounds, The Bhutan: A Visual Odyssey Across the Last Himalayan Kingdom is officially recognized as the largest book in the world by Guinness World Records. Created by Michael Hawley and composed of gigantic photographs of Bhutan, the book is printed only on demand and it takes a roll of paper longer than a football field, more than a gallon of ink, and 24 hours of press time to produce a single copy. More »
  • Saturday with a three legged Buddha Paid Member

    One a recent sunny Saturday, a friend and I made the trip upstate to Storm King Art Center, an expansive sculpture park in Mountainville, NY. For years I'd heard about this impressive landscape, spotted with trees, ponds, and massive sculptures, but I was most excited about a new installation---Zhang Huan's Three Legged Buddha. Weighing 12 tons and towering at 28 feet, Three Legged Buddha does not travel easily, and it seems that Storm King is to be its final resting place. More »