Buddha

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    Where is the largest stone carved Buddha in the world? Paid Member

    I'd never think to ask myself the question, but the Examiner's Stephanie Sherrill has the answer: The world’s largest stone carved Buddha is located in Leshan, China. This Giant Buddha (also called Dafo) is a 233 feet (71 meters) tall statue of a sitting Maitreya Buddha. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was carved in AD 713 to calm the rivers that run along the feet of Buddha. This Buddha sports "1021 twisted hair buns—each one the size of a table—23ft (7m) long ears and an 18ft (5.6m) nose." And it costs only $10 to visit. More »
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    Clark Strand on calling the the Earth to witness Paid Member

    Or was the Earth calling the Buddha to witness?: A legend about the Buddha's enlightenment has profound implications for Green Meditation. According to tradition, on the night of Shakyamuni's awakening, as he sat in deep meditation under the bodhi tree, the tempter Mara assailed him with numerous threats and distractions, including vast armies of demons and seductive dancing girls. When these failed to unseat the aspiring Buddha, as a last ditch effort Mara challenged his right to sit upon "the throne of enlightenment." "Who bears witness to your attainment of Buddhahood?" demanded Mara. In answer, Shakyamuni is said to have reached the fingers of his right hand down to touch the ground. More »
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    Mandalas, Jung and the Cosmos Paid Member

    It never gets dull at the Rubin Museum of Art, in New York City. Home to a one of—if not the—most comprehensive collections of Himalayan art, the Rubin never disappoints. This August the museum, housed in what was once Barney's downtown fashion emporium, will begin a three-part "Cosmology series," leading with an exhibit on the history and meaning of the mandala. "The Mandala: The Perfect Circle," opens on August 14th and runs through January 11, 2010. According to Martin Brauer, the museum's chief curator, More »
  • Pico Iyer on the Dalai Lama Paid Member

    Nice blog post on the Dalai Lama by Pico Iyer. Here's a taste: Not long ago, I was traveling with the Dalai Lama across Japan and another journalist came into our bullet-train compartment for an interview. “Your Holiness,” he said, “you have seen so much sorrow and loss in your life. Your people have been killed and your country has been occupied. You have had to worry about the welfare of Tibet every day since you were four years old. How can you always remain so happy and smiling?” "My profession," said the Dalai Lama instantly, as if he hardly had to think about it. Read "The Doctor is Within" here. More »
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    A book Buddhists were "too lazy to write" Paid Member

    Mark Hattaway's Peoples of the Buddhist World profiles almost 250 Buddhist "people groups," and touts itself as the "first ever book produced that profiles all the Buddhist peoples of the world." Replete with hundreds of "superb full-color photographs" and 13 essays on aspects of Buddhism, the book offers an added bonus: It will help its readers "pray more effectively." Pray more effectively? That's right, according to the promotional claim made by the Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF), the UK evangelical organization that published the book. More »
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    Spiritual Wallpaper Paid Member

    What mountain is sacred to Jains, Hindus, Buddhists & Bon adherents? Here's the latest in spiritual wallpaper. More »