Arts & Culture

The growing influence of Buddhist artistic expression in contemporary culture
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    Tulkus in Training Paid Member

    According to the Tibetan world view, highly evolved adepts are reborn as tulkus—children who embody a developed capacity for spiritual attainment. The search for such a gifted child is based either on the precise instructions left by the deceased, or on the signs inspired by dreams and visions, and from the intuitions of other great lamas. Tulkus are only fully recognized as such at the age of two or three years old. They are commonly enthroned at the age of four or five and usually do not enter a monastery until they are six years old. Each tulku receives a private education by one of two tutors. The child may be brought up with other tulkus but the rules vary according to each monastery. Tulkus, even as children, are given the honorific title of "Rinpoche," which means "precious one." More »
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    Seeing Buddha: A Photographic Journey Paid Member

    Monks at Paro Taktsang, the main temple complex in Paro, Bhutan, practice a traditional dance to be performed before the public during a religious ceremony. From Seeing Buddha: A Photographic Journey, a collection of over 80 images from 11 countries that aims to capture the essence of Buddhist spiritual practice. A statement from the artist David Butow: When I first began talking about this project, many people asked me, quite reasonably, whether I was a Buddhist. The answer to that question is not so simple: both “yes” and “no” and neither “yes” nor “no.” More »
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    Broken Buddhas Paid Member

    California-based artist Matthew Monahan makes figurative sculptures that are at once heroic and shapeshifting, futuristic and art-historical. They evoke art of the past and art of other cultures, including Buddhist ones. Here, he talks about his work and his recent exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery in New York. More »
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    Divine Play Paid Member

    Vara: A BlessingDirected by Khyentse NorbuProduced by Nanette NelmsReleased October 3, 201396 minutes More »
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    Get Meditating, Houston! Paid Member

    Nighttime rendering of the Meditation Station in a downtown Houston, Texas park, courtesy of Peter Longoria and Nicholas Weiss of Harrison Kornberg Architects. More »