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Zen Paintings - their central role in the Japanese Tea Ceremony - by Belinda Sweet
CHANOYU, as the tea ceremony is called in Japan, is a meditative ritual involving a group of participants and a gathering of objects, the ultimate purpose of which is to reveal the profound sacredness at the foundation of the everyday acts of our lives: of eating, drinking, moving and interacting with people and objects.
The stable years of the Edo Period (1603-1868) gave rise to a prosperous merchant class and a burgeoning "townsman" culture. For that reason, Edo art is often epitomized by colorful and flamboyant ukiyo-e prints.
Shang dynasty (18th-11th century BC) Latter half of the second millennium BC Bronze H:64 cm Camondo legacy
A concert of Buddhist music - classical, contemporary and crossover - will be staged during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday to express hopes and prayers for a happy Chinese Lunar New Year. Li Anlan reports.
The National Museum of Korea recently found “Buddha Amitabha,” a 14th century Goryeo Buddhist painting in Rome, Italy during a research on the collection of the National Museum of Oriental Art.
The Chinese painter Yen Li-pen (died 673) was the greatest master of the early T’ang dynasty. He was primarily a figure painter, and his style expresses the confident, expansive air of his age.
While Bangkok’s galleries and studios today largely vibrate with the experimental and conceptual, a practitioner of Buddhist painting and plaster-moulded bas-relief quietly keeps the ancient arts alive and relevant.
The recitation of sacred Buddhist texts in India’s Ladakh region has been added to a UN list of "intangible cultural heritage" by the world body’s committee tasked with protecting the oral traditions, performing arts and social practices around the world.
A Talk by Sri Chinmoy : Spirituality is the source of everything. Life is everywhere....But if I want to discover the source, then I have to say it is in the heart. Inside the heart we find the life-breath, and inside the life-breath is God’s Will."
After a 20-year career as a still photographer, Marin’s Heather Kessinger makes her filmmaking debut with "In the Shadow of Buddha," a documentary that takes viewers into the seldom-seen world of Tibetan Buddhist nuns in northernmost India. While beautifully photographed, it doesn’t paint a completely pretty picture.