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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 »
  • Traveling Jade Buddha Paid Member

    The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace is an intrepid traveler. The 10-foot (13-1/2 feet on its alabaster throne) 4-ton statue is now sitting pretty in Worcester, Massachusetts (above), in the parking lot of the Linh Son Temple, formerly a single-family home. When its tour of the North America, Europe and Asia is complete, the statue will make it's home at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, in Bendigo, Australia. It's official website reads: The purpose of exhibiting the Jade Buddha around the world is for everyone, irrespective of their religion, to take a moment to reflect upon peace; peace for the world; peace in their relationships; peace for their families and friends; peace at work; peace in their mind. More »
  • Watch: 3D Kalachakra Mandala Paid Member

    Our recent popular Sand Mandala video post reminded me that I've been meaning to look for this great 3D CGI Kalachakra Mandala video that I saw several years ago.  Sure enough, it took about 90 seconds to track down on youtube. More »
  • Beautiful Buddhist Silk Road Cave Art (via National Geographic) Paid Member

    via National Geographic: Emerging from the wind-sculptured dunes some 12 miles southeast of Dunhuang is an arc of cliffs that drop more than a hundred feet to a riverbed lined with poplar trees. By the mid-seventh century, the mile-long rock face was honeycombed with hundreds of grottoes. It was here that pilgrims came to pray for safe passage across the dreaded Ta klimakan Desert—or in Xuanzang's case, to give thanks for a successful journey. More »