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    Searching for the Ox Paid Member

    There are many beautiful renditions of the classic Ox Herding Pictures online (plus a newish book on the subject featuring art from the late composer John Cage.) But today, 108zenbooks begins a journey of her own with the first picture, Searching for the Ox, reproduced below. (She'll continue over the next nine days with the remaining nine.) searching for the Ox Genju makes no promises that she (or you!) will be enlightened by the tenth and final picture, but it's all about the journey, not the destination, right? [Image: 108zenbooks] More »
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    Graffiti Buddha Paid Member

    Yesterday the San Francisco Chronicle reported that a 15-ton Buddhist sculpture by artist Zhang Huan, currently installed in San Francisco's Civic Center Plaza, has become a popular target for graffiti artists. The statue, "Three Heads Six Arms," is a combination of Buddhism and Daoism. The work merges the body of a bodhisattva with the body of the Chinese Daoist deity Nezha. Among the many phrases spraypainted on the 1.6 million dollar structure was "Jesus is the one." Sadly, the vandalism has forced the city to surround the sculpture with a temporary 6-foot fence, preventing visitors from seeing Huan's work of art---a work that the artist had hoped would bring peace and tolerance to the city. Huan recently spoke to the Chronicle about the meaning behind the massive sculpture: More »
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    Stopping to Paint the Roses Paid Member

    After seeing James’s post with nature pictures from Thomas Meyer, I was inspired to share a few images from a book that seems to catch my eye whenever I walk past the art books in Tricycle’s library: True Nature: An Illustrated Journal of Four Seasons in Solitude by Barbara Bash. An accomplished calligrapher, illustrator and teacher in addition to being a longtime practicing Tibetan Buddhist, Bash created the artwork for this book from sketchbooks she filled during solitary retreats. When I was little I believed vehemently that you either had art skills or you didn’t. This isn't the case. Art, like anything else, is all about practice, and besides, it should be about the process rather than the final product. Try sitting with paint and paper or whatever your media of choice and observing. I am positive you can create something beautiful. More »
  • Wrong, wrong, wrong! Paid Member

    Himalayan Art Resources' Jeff Watt couldn't be more emphatic: Art for art's sake is as old as Tibet—in fact, far older. So you can imagine how ticked off the Tibetan iconography expert was when he read this at There is no Tibetan equivalent for the word “art” as it is known in the West. The closest approximation is lha dri pa, literally, “to draw a deity.” Traditionally, neither the Tibetan language nor the Tibetan cultural framework has recognized art for art’s sake, and an artist’s efficacy rests in his ability to precisely replicate an established visual language and portray the essence of a particular deity. ( More »
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    Melodala draws mandalas while you listen to music Paid Member

    Buddhist iPhone apps are all the rage—at least among Buddhists with iPhones or iPod Touches. So to these people we say meet Melodala, "an iPhone app inspired by Tibetan Buddhism." Plug in some settings and color preferences and it makes pretty roundish pictures while you listen to music. If this is your thing, you can find Melodala here. It costs $2.99. More »
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    A Muslim paints the Buddha Paid Member

    Mussarrat Nahid Imam is deeply dedicated to preserving traces of ancient Buddhist civilization. As the director of the National Art Gallery in Islamabad, Pakistan—an area once ruled by the Buddhist kings of Gandhara—she has become concerned that Buddhist artwork from the Gandharan civilization (like the statues above) will be lost if proper attention isn't given to preservation. As part of that effort, Imam paints Gandharan Buddhist relics and images of the Buddha in order to ensure that the style will be remembered by future generations. More »