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  • Roderick Whitfield Discusses Buddhist Cave Art Paid Member

    As reported by the American Museum of Natural History, As goods and people traveled along the Silk Road, many passed through the oasis city of Dunhuang, China, home to incredible caves that contain a treasure trove of Buddhist art. Roderick Whitfield, professor of Chinese and East Asian art and head of the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art at the University of London, will discuss some of these fascinating cave murals on March 31 at the Museum. He recently answered a few questions on the subject. Why are the caves near Dunhuang so important today? What can we learn from them? More »
  • 'Lama, Patron, Artist' at the Smithsonian Paid Member

    As reported by the Washington Post, There are two things most Westerners think they know about Buddhism: It's the one religion that can accommodate atheists, and one of its goals is to escape the material cycles of this world in favor of an immaterial enlightenment. That's why "Lama, Patron, Artist: The Great Situ Panchen," newly opened at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, may come as a surprise. This landmark show, which was organized by the Rubin Museum for Himalayan art in New York, seems to have a fully religious, god-filled sensibility -- no atheistic doubt in sight -- as expressed through the most deluxe of material goods. More »
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    The Inklings of Michael Wenger Paid Member

    Michael Wenger has practiced Zen since 1972 and he was gracious enough to run a Discussion during Tricycle's 90-day online ango, The Big Sit. Now he has a blog with his wonderful ink drawings, called inklings. You won't be disappointed if you stop by. Below is a drawing of his from a post called "zen what is it": More »
  • John Bush films to premiere at RMA Paid Member

    Tomorrow night at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC the filmmaker John Bush (Vajra Sky Over Tibet) will be premiering two new dance films, Absence Presence and Dream On Me, featuring the choreography of Nadine Helstroffer. This screening will include a discussion and Q & A with Bush, Helstroffer, and Buddhist Psychotherapist Michael Vincent Miller, PhD. For more information click here. "John Bush sets a benchmark for integrity and compassion in filmmaking."- National Gallery of Australia More »
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    Robert Beer Exhibition at Tibet House Paid Member

    Tibet House has an exhibition of paintings from the collection of Robert Beer on display. It will run until January 29th. Robert Beer is a very interesting artist. (See this interview from the Fall 1999 Tricycle for some background if you're interested.) More »
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    It's not quite Bamiyan but... Paid Member

    One of the world’s tallest Buddha statues will soon be unveiled at Sarnath, where the Buddha delivered his first sermon. Funded by the Thai government, the sandstone statue, meant to evoke the famed sixth-century Bamiyan Buddhas the Taliban destroyed, was sculpted in the Ghandaran style. (A Calcutta Telegraph article misidentifies the Bamiyan statues as the tallest Buddhas in the world: China's Leshan Buddha, at 233 feet, and its Spring Temple Buddha, at 422 feet, would both tower over the Bamiyan sculptures and the more modest 100-foot Buddha in Sarnath.) For more on the Leshan and Spring Temple Buddhas, click here. You can read the Telegraph article here. More »