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  • Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes

    03/12/2018 12:23:27 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    yahoo ^ | March 12, 2018 | Jerome TAYLOR ,AFP•
    Buddhist mobs in Sri Lanka last week led anti-Muslim riots that left at least three dead and more than 200 Muslim-owned establishments in ruins, just the latest bout of communal violence there stoked by Buddhist nationalists. In Myanmar, ultra-nationalist monks led by firebrand preacher Wirathu have poured vitriol on the country's small Muslim population, cheering a military crackdown forcing nearly 700,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh. And in neighbouring Thailand, a prominent monk found himself in hot water for calling on followers to burn down mosques. ... After the Taliban's destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan ...Islam as invasive, toppling...
  • Xi Jinping's Latest Tag: Living Buddhist Deity, Chinese Official Says

    03/09/2018 10:52:52 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | MARCH 8, 2018
    President of China, head of its Communist Party, commander-in-chief of the military and now living Buddhist deity - Xi Jinping has added another title to his growing collection, at least in the eyes of some ethnic Tibetans. Speaking on Wednesday on the sidelines of China’s annual meeting of parliament, the party boss of the remote northwestern province of Qinghai, birthplace of the Dalai Lama, said Tibetans who lived there had been saying they view Xi as a deity. Wang Guosheng said the province had been following Mao Zedong’s advice about inspiring the masses to love the party and its leader,...
  • 33ft tall Buddhist cave temple which dates to the fifth century recreated entirely by 3D PRINTING

    12/23/2017 8:33:00 AM PST · by mairdie · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 22 December 2017 | Tracy You
    It's one of the greatest artworks in the world, and now Chinese archaeologists and artists are using 3D printing to make a perfect copy of the Yungang Buddhist Grottoes. 'West Empress Chamber', the number 3 and the largest cave of Yungang Grottoes in northern China, have been meticulously re-created using specially developed 3D printers and state-of-the-art scanning technology. ... The original 'West Empress Chamber' was carved between the 5th and 6th century during the Northern Wei Dynasty - when the religion first flourished in China. The full-size replica is enormous, measuring 17.9 metres (59 feet) in length, 13.6 metres (45...
  • Dalai Lama turns to iPhone to spread app-iness

    12/15/2017 5:56:53 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 21 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | December 14, 2017 | AFP
    The 14th Dalai Lama announced a new iPhone app which will allow devotees to watch live video ofhis teachings to his 16.6 million Twitter followers on Thursday (AFP Photo/INDRANIL MUKHERJEE ) New Delhi (AFP) - He already has millions of Twitter followers and has spoken of the wonders of new technology. Now the Dalai Lama has launched a new iPhone app so devotees can keep track of his travels and teachings. The 82-year-old Buddhist monk announced the new app, which will allow users to watch live video of his teachings, to his 16.6 million Twitter followers on Thursday. However it...
  • Asia's tallest wooden pagoda' burns to the ground after huge fire engulfed the 16-storey tower

    12/13/2017 11:53:05 AM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies ^ | 12/11/2017 | By Tracy You
    The Lingguan Tower in China was completed destroyed by flames yesterday Fire started from a hall below the pagoda and quickly spread to the structure Two other buildings in Nine Dragons Monastery were also reduced to rubble No casualties was reported and authority is investigating the cause of the fire A huge fire yesterday reduced a 16-storey Buddhist pagoda to rubble in China. The Lingguan Tower, billed as 'Asia's tallest wooden pagoda', burnt to the ground after being engulfed in the flames for about four hours. The fire reportedly started from a hall underneath the pagoda and quickly spread to...
  • The Fate of the Buddha’s Begging Bowl

    11/21/2017 10:44:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    The Nation (Thailand) ^ | November 18, 2017 | Bhante Dhammika
    One of the most revered relics in the ancient Buddhist world was the Buddha’s begging bowl. A rough outline of its long convoluted history is this – it was supposedly given to the people of Vesali by the Buddha when he passed through the city on his way to Kusinara. In the 1st/2nd century King Kanishka took it to Pushapura, now Peshawar, where a string of Chinese pilgrims reported seeing it between the 3rd and the 9th centuries. The importance of the bowl is attested by numerous depictions of it in Gandhara art, usually shown on the pedestal of Buddha...
  • India enshrines Buddha's remains after 2000 years

    10/31/2006 7:16:59 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 31 replies · 947+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Sun 29 Oct 2006 | The Scotsman
    MUMBAI (Reuters) - Thousands of Buddhists gathered in India's western city of Mumbai on Sunday to lay to rest part of the ashes and bones of Lord Buddha in a ceremony resurrected after almost 2000 years. Monks in flowing orange robes chanted hymns from scriptures as the remains were lowered into a shallow pit on top of a 90-ft (27 metres) high stone dome, as part of celebrations to mark the 2250th anniversary of the spiritual leader's enlightenment. Organisers of the ceremony said this was the first time in around 2,000 years that Buddha's mortal remains were being enshrined. "The...
  • Facelift For World's Tallest Ancient Buddha Statue In China

    11/08/2007 6:31:26 AM PST · by blam · 11 replies · 372+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11-6-2007
    Facelift for world's tallest ancient Buddha statue in China Tue Nov 6, 10:33 PM ETAFP/File Photo: Tourists visit the 71-metre (234-feet) tall Leshan Giant Buddha, built in 713 AD in the... BEIJING (AFP) - The world's tallest ancient Buddha statue, suffering from years of environmental damage, will get its latest facelift to fix damage from weathering and acid rain. ADVERTISEMENT The 71-metre (237-foot) Leshan Buddha, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, is looking "somewhat battered" with a blackened nose, and with moss and dark streaks coating its face and body, official Xinhua news agency said. The damage was due to...
  • In The Holy Caves of India [ Ajanta Caves ]

    11/20/2007 8:40:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 45+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 5, 2006 | Simon Winchester
    The monument comprises a series of 29 caves that have been carved deep into this sheer face of a horseshoe-shaped cliff a few miles from the old walled town of Ajanta, hidden away in the deep gorge gouged in the high Deccan plains by the Waghora River about 300 miles inland from Mumbai. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site, designated as such back in 1983 as one of India's first, along with the Taj Mahal. And though Shah Jahan's famous memorial in Agra is far better known, the Ajanta Caves are hugely popular, particularly with Indians, who see them...
  • Buddha's caves

    07/11/2008 7:01:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 146+ views
    IHT ^ | July 7, 2008 | Holland Cotter
    Of the 800 or so caves created here from the 5th to 14th centuries, nearly half had some form of decoration. What survives adds up to a developmental timeline of Buddhist art in China... But of course much of it has not survived. By the 11th century Dunhuang's fortunes were in decline. Sea trade had cut into Silk Road traffic. Regional wars left the town isolated. Monks, possibly panicked by rumors of an Islamic invasion, sealed up tens of thousands of manuscript scrolls in a small cave. The invasion didn't happen, but the books, many of them already ancient, stayed...
  • Afghans unearth 19-metre Buddha statue, relics

    09/08/2008 6:47:47 AM PDT · by BGHater · 20 replies · 769+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08 Sep 2008 | Sayed Salahuddin
    Archaeologists have discovered a 19-metre (62-foot) Buddha statue along with scores of other historical relics in central Afghanistan near the ruins of giant statues destroyed by the Islamist Taliban seven years ago. The team was searching for a giant sleeping Buddha believed to have been seen by a Chinese pilgrim centuries ago when it came upon the relics in the central province of Bamiyan, an official said on Monday. "In total, 89 relics such as coins, ceramics and a 19 meters statue have been unearthed," Mohammad Zia Afshar, adviser in the information and culture ministry, told Reuters. He said the...
  • What Will Happen to Ancient Art in the Taliban's Swat?

    03/02/2009 4:38:57 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 639+ views
    Archaeology ^ | Friday, February 20, 2009 | Beyond Stone & Bone Archive
    For centuries, the Swat River valley was a Buddhist haven. According to tradition, Buddha himself journeyed to Swat during his last reincarnation, and preached to the local villagers. And by the 6th-century A.D, Buddhist pilgrims from as far away as China flocked to the Swat valley, a beautiful lush land of orchards and rushing mountain streams. One early Chinese account describes as many as 1400 Buddhist monasteries perched along the valley walls in the 7th century. Devout Buddhist artists left an incredibly rich legacy in Swat. Since the valley lay along a major route of the Silk Road -- which...
  • Copper load of this! Company digging mine in Afghanistan unearths 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery

    11/17/2010 7:57:14 PM PST · by Islander7 · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Nov 18, 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    A Chinese company digging an unexploited copper mine in Afghanistan has unearthed ancient statues of Buddha in a sprawling 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery. Archaeologists are rushing to salvage what they can from a major 7th century B.C. religious site along the famed Silk Road connecting Asia and the Middle East.
  • Archaeologists Uncover Earliest Evidence of Birth of Buddha

    11/28/2013 6:37:27 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Mon, Nov 25, 2013 | probably National Geographic
    Scientists excavating within the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, Nepal, have unearthed a timber structure that they date to the sixth century BCE. It is situated within and underlies a temple that is considered sacred to many as the birthplace of Siddhārtha Gautama, or Buddha. Until now, there has been no archaeological evidence supporting a date any earlier than the third century BCE for Buddha's life. Some historians have suggested the death of Buddha took place sometime in the late 4th century or early 3rd century BCE, although there are a number of traditions...
  • Have archaeologists found Buddha's remains? Cremated bones discovered in a 1,000-year-old chest

    11/15/2017 5:51:22 AM PST · by mairdie · 52 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 15 November 2017 | Tim Collins
    Human remains buried by a pair of monks in China over a millennia ago are claimed to belong to Buddha. Believers say the 2,000 pieces of cremated bones belonged to Siddhartha Gautama, whose teachings became the foundations of the Buddhist religion. The cremated bones were found in an ceramic box with an inscription claiming they belong to Buddha, who is believed to have died 2,500 years ago. The box was found in Jingchuan County, China, alongside more than 260 Buddhist statues.
  • Rohingya crisis: Exodus swells 'as 270,000 flee Myanmar'

    09/09/2017 6:52:15 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 30 replies
    bbc news ^ | 9/8/17 | BBC
    About 270,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought shelter in Bangladesh since violence erupted in Myanmar two weeks ago, the UN says. A spokeswoman said the jump - up from 164,000 on Thursday - was because new pockets of people had been found. She called the figure "so alarming" and said urgent action was needed to address the situation in Myanmar. Those fleeing say Myanmar's military are burning their villages and attacking them. The violence began on 25 August when Rohingya militants attacked police posts in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state. Rohingya residents - a stateless mostly Muslim minority in a Buddhist-majority nation...
  • Myths of dominance - China did not ever enjoy military or cultural supremacy in Asia

    09/03/2017 2:01:57 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 39 replies
    The Telegraph, India ^ | August 30, 2017 | Kanwal Sibal
    Caption -- Borobudur: hardly Chinese The author is former foreign secretary of India The West has built a lot of myths about China which others, including in India, have accepted without challenge. That China was for centuries the dominant power in Asia and is now on the way to recovering that lost status is one such myth. This historical distortion is serving to legitimize China's hegemonic ambitions, as if China has the right to recover its natural position in Asia and any resistance amounts to denying the Chinese their due. This explains why even when China is aggressive...
  • Former Khmer Rouge Leader Among Cambodia's New Christians

    05/20/2017 5:10:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    La Croix ^ | 5/20/17 | Ate Hoekstra
    Many Khmer Buddhists have become Christians "because they are looking for answers". Sok Sophon was a battle-hardened Khmer Rouge commander when he found Jesus. The now 63-year-old Cambodian was visiting a refugee camp when a wounded soldier gave him a Bible. At first, he was reluctant but did take it. Then after reading from the Bible the officer of the Pol Pot regime got interested and visited a church service. "I remember the first time I made a detour to get to the church," he says. "I didn't want people to know. I felt ashamed for going there." It took...
  • Kimura’s Crazed ‘Macbeth’ for Today

    02/10/2017 2:03:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    THE JAPAN TIMES ^ | JAN 24, 2017 | Nobuko Tanaka
    “When I was studying English literature at the University of Tokyo, even though I had no theater experience at all, I got the chance to direct ‘Macbeth,’ ” 33-year-old Ryunosuke Kimura explained when we met recently at a rehearsal studio in downtown Tokyo. “To start my research, I rented a video of ‘Ninagawa Macbeth’ — but I was amazed because it seemed entirely different from William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth,’ ” he recalled. Indeed it was amazingly different, because the late Yukio Ninagawa set his 1980 masterpiece in samurai-era Japan, not medieval Scotland, and he also filled most of the stage with...
  • Buddhists Do Not Like Muslims

    02/04/2017 7:37:14 AM PST · by pinochet · 30 replies
    A story that has not received much attention, is the growing hostility towards Muslims by Buddhists in Thailand and Burma. After the killing of 20 Buddhist monks by Muslims, a leading Thai Buddhist monk called for Buddhists to defend themselves against Muslims