Arts & Culture

The growing influence of Buddhist artistic expression in contemporary culture
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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 »
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    A Full Load of Moonlight Paid Member

    Ten Stanzas Written on Cloud-Shrouded Terrace (No. 6) Sitting upright at the foot of clouds, too lazy to lift my head,I have no more dharma words for the Chan practitioners.Everything under the sun makes plain the Path—might as well hang my mouth on the wall and shut up. —Huaishen (1077–1132) I’m Happy with My Way of Life More »
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    Buddhism Beat & Square Paid Member

    One afternoon in 1953, a young poet named Allen Ginsberg visited the First Zen Institute which was then still housed in an elegant private uptown apartment in New York City. Ginsberg occupied himself by perusing the Zen paintings, records and books in the library. But he did not stay very long: the whole atmosphere of the place made him uncomfortable; it was, as he remembered years later, “intimidating—like a university club.” Ginsberg had only recently discovered Buddhism and Chinese philosophy in the New York Public Library. “I had only the faintest idea that there was so much of a kulcheral heritage, so easy to get at thru book upon book of reproduction,” he wrote Neal Cassady in California. More »