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    See beautiful art from "In the Realm of the Buddha" Paid Member

    James Shaheen mentioned the "In the Realm of the Buddha" exhibition at Washington's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art in this post, but you're missing out if you don't see some of the amazing art from the show. (A slideshow is here.) The exhibit combines an earlier exhibit, "Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen," which opened last year at the RMA in New York, and "The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection." More »
  • Cool Tibetan tattoos, the challenges of displaying religious art, and a nice life Paid Member

    Jeff Watt over at Jeff's Travels points us to Yoni Zilber's Tibetan-themed tattoos. It's one way to view Tibetan art, and another is to visit the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Art in the nation's capital ("In the Realm of the Buddha," through July 18). I've often talked to Jeff about the role of art in Buddhism and he has often complained that stripped of its connection to practice, religious objects are rendered pretty meaningless. More »
  • Saving the world one punk badge at a time Paid Member

    A little grassroots non-profit art project named BuddhaBadges was recently brought to my attention by John of the blog ZenDirtZenDust.  Wonderful in its simplicity and with some solid artistic design behind it, Buddhabadges sells one-inch Buddhist punk badges over the web for a dollar a piece to help raise money for a rotating roster of respectable charities.   Ninety percent of their sales are donated, with the remaining ten percent going towards materials to make more badges. More »
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    Watch: The creation of a sand mandala Paid Member

    Today CNN's Belief Blog posted a video of the creation of a sand mandala that took six days to complete. Luckily, the time-lapse video doesn't take six days to watch. Check out the two-minute video, taken during Emory University's "Tibet Week" celebration, here. Image © CNN More »
  • Contemporary Tibetan Art at the Rubin Paid Member

    Over at Jeff's Travel's we read: Pema Rinzin is one of the only Tibetan artists that I know who has trained in the traditional way of "tangka" and mural painting and that has also successfully transitioned into contemporary painting while still creating and teaching the so-called traditional art. Jeff, ever emphasizing the importance of Buddhism's visual culture (apparently, we don't publish enough of it), let's us know that a show featuring Pema's and other contemporary Tibetan painters' work will be opening at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City on June 11. You can find more of Jeff's thoughts on Pema's work here. But don't expect a lot of theory. As Jeff writes: More »
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    Violence in Movies: Kill Bill Vol. 1 Paid Member

    Kill Bill Vol. 1 was on TV last night. (Kill Bill Vol. 3 is slated for 2014, I don't know how seriously.) And so, oddly, for the second time in a week I found myself defending it, despite disliking strongly when I saw it in the theater years ago. Aside from its pervasive violence, it is adolescent, pornographic, fetishistic, pointless, and often dull, and yet it is great movie—by which I mean I think it's worth watching. It is a loving homage to several genres now—or perhaps always—largely disdained by movie audiences (rape revenge, kung-fu, etc.) and an exercise in form. It is an unapologetic B-movie. I don't think it's the case that if Tarantino hadn't made it, someone else would have. No one else would have made this movie. More »