Architecture and Symbolism in Buddhist Monasteries

Standing Male Worshipper (votive figure), c. 2900-2600 B.C.E., Eshnunna (modern Tell Asmar, Iraq), gypsum alabaster, shell, black limestone, bitumen, 11 5/8 x 5 1/8 x 3 7/8″ / 29.5 x 10 cm, Sumerian (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City) By Dr. Karen Shelby / 08.09.2015 Assistant Professor of Art History Baruch College, The City University of[…]

The Work and Life of Thich Nhat Hanh

By Azriel ReShel / 07.07.2017 Living the Path of Peace and Compassion Our own life has to be our message. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Beloved by hundreds of thousands of people around the world, called ‘an apostle of peace and nonviolence,’ by Martin Luther King Jr, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the[…]

A New Archaeological Framework for Cultural Changes in Ancient Buddhism

Mingora, the modern-day capital city of Swat or ancient Mengjieli / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Anna Filigenzi Professor of Archaeology University of Naples “L’Orientale” Towards a New Reading of Conflicting Sources The more analytical studies highlight the artistic value, theoretical coherence, and innovative character of the rock sculptures, the more glaring appears the contradiction with[…]

Mahayana Buddhism

The Buddha seated in meditation, one hand on his lap, the other pendant in a gesture known as earth-witness, which represents unshakability or steadfastness when being subject to the demons’ temptations. This is a superb example of 12th century Nepalese metalcraft. “Shakyamuni, the Historical Buddha” / Photo by Critstian Violatti, Patan Museum, Nepal By Charley[…]

Buddhist Teachings and Practice Paths

Tian Tan Buddha, also known as Giant Buddha, on Po Lin monistary. / Wikimedia Commons The Triple Gem Buddha Statue / Wikimedia Commons 1. The Buddha — The self awakened one. The original nature of the Heart; Dharma Wheel / Wikimedia Commons 2. The Dhamma — The Teaching. The nature of reality; Durga Puja Pandal[…]