Art

  • Who hijacked Himalayan art? Or any art, for that matter? Paid Member

    Himalayan Art Resources (HAR) is the most comprehensive collection of Himalayan art available, much of it Buddhist. For years now, Jeff Watt, HAR's director, has been exhorting us to understand and critique Himalayan art on its own merit—much as we might consider, say, a Fra Angelico—and rescue it from the theory-laden university art history departments. For support, Jeff refers us to to an article in yesterday's New York Times, in which Laurence Kantner, an expert in early Italian painting and former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has this to say: More »
  • Beautiful Buddhas at The Art Institute of Chicago Paid Member

    Earlier this week I had the good fortune to be able to visit The Art Institute of Chicago. While it was fantastic viewing some of the most famous American iconic paintings—like Edward Hopper's Nighthawks and Grant Wood's American Gothic—I was most impressed by some of the beautiful Buddha sculptures. I just didn't expect to find them there, I guess. It was a pleasant surprise. Above is a picture of a 12th century granite Buddha from Tamil Nadu, India. Below is an 8th century Buddha from China. Enjoy! More »
  • Two Poems by Dan D'Agostino Paid Member

    Last week I posted 2 poems by a writer named Patrice Mason and invited any and all practitioner poets to submit their work to our blog at tricycle@tricycle.com.  This week I am very happy to be share these two pieces by songwriter Dan D'Agostino. The Way of the Wrathful Deities An expert eye for the dark arising For the dancing, whirling, wrathful gods For the cruel streak in the human species For the rot behind the bright façade Will have you marked a sour insurgent The sunlit realm you have betrayed But the wrathful gods are always calling “Approach us now, be not afraid” You do and with their claws they scourge you You’re pinned upon their cross of wrath More »
  • Two Poems by Patrice Mason Paid Member

    I was very happy to find these two poems by Patrice Mason waiting for me in my inbox this morning... To all you practitioner poets, writers, and artists out there, please feel free to submit creative offerings for the blog at tricycle@tricycle.com More »
  • Amid turmoil, Pakistan reaches out to Buddhist tourists Paid Member

    The Guardian's Riazat Butt calls it a case of fiddling while Rome burns: Pakistan reaches out to Buddhists amid allegations that its intelligence service is actively aiding the Taliban while putatively aiding US/Coalition forces in Afghanistan. (The war is of course taking place on Pakistani soil as well, the border region being so nebulous and porous.) UPDATE: A plane crashed in Pakistan today, killing 152 people.) More »