young monks lighting candles

young monks lighting candles, looking into buddahism

Monks light up the inside of one of the temples at Pagan, Burma

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Young monks from Myanmar by Kyaw Kyaw Winn (Yangon, Myanmar). Photographed April Bagan, Myanmar Winn traveled north from his home in Yangon to the countryside of old Bagan to capture this image of young Buddhist monks in the Shwesandaw Temple.

Votive Plaque: Seated Buddha in a Temple, ca. 9th–10th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of The Kronos Collections, 1982 (1982.462.6) | Molded images were produced at the great pilgrimage sites and had relic status for devotees. Here, the Buddha sits within a temple that looks very much like the Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya. #Buddhism

Buddha sits within a temple that looks very much like the Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya, India. Molded votive plaques made at great pilgrimage sites had relic status for visiting devotees.

Stele with Eight Great Events from the Life of the Buddha, 10th century. India, Bihar, possibly from Nalanda. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (2009.541) | Relief sculptures showing the great pilgrim sites take on increasing importance across north India. The most significant scene is the central Buddha touching the earth at the moment of his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya. Surrounding him are seven other scenes of his life. #Buddhism

Stele with Eight Great Events from the Life of the Buddha, century. India, Bihar, possibly from Nalanda. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Relief sculptures showing the great pilgrim sites take on increasing importance across nor

Mahapratisara, the Buddhist Protectress, 10th century. India (Bihar). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1991 (1991.108) | Female bodhisattvas like this Tara were becoming increasingly important to the Buddhist communities of North India. In her lower left hand she holds a palm leaf manuscript suggesting she may have been understood as a manifestation of this text or the very embodiment of Buddhist ideology. #Buddhism

Mahapratisara, the Buddhist Protectress, century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Votive Plaque (Tsa Tsa) with a Stupa, 10th–11th century. Tibet. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Rogers Fund, by exchange, 2011 (2011.43) | This molded clay votive plaque (“tsa tsa”) from Tibet presents a stepped stupa similar to those of north India. The “ye dharma”  inscription in the background caries core the meaning of the Buddha’s teachings.  This status as the Buddha’s “dharma body” gives this plaque a very real relic significance.  #Buddhism

Clay Votive Plaque (Tsa Tsa) with a Stupa, century. The stupa is symbolic of the enlightened mind of the Buddha and is similar to those of north India. The “ye dharma” inscription in the background states the essence of the Buddha’s teachings.

Six Dynasties Anonymous (222-589)  Early Buddhist Altar.

Six Dynasties Anonymous Early Buddhist Altar.

Nepal | Buddhist officiant (Mukata) Vajrasattva headdress; copper, gold, inlaid with stones | c. 1145

Buddhist Officiant (Mukata) Vajrasattva Headdress, Made of Copper and Gold, Inlaid with Stones, Circa Nepal

zen rock garden

Possible solution to the expense of a fabulous rock garden statue. Get a smaller statue, and do a pedestal.

9th-10th c. Japanese  Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kannon , Heian period,  F1909.344a-i

The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery are the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art.

A POLYCHROME- AND GILDED-WOOD FIGURE OF NYOIRIN KANNON, “THE BODHISATTVA WHO GRANTS DESIRES” JAPAN, KAMAKURA PERIOD, WITH DOCUMENTATION DATED 1304 CE

Polychrome and Gilt Wood Statue of Nyoirin Kannon, 1304 C.

Buddha Seated under the Bodhi Tree

Buddha Seated under the Bodhi Tree, portable mold-made, terracotta votive plaque C.

The Wheel of Dharma, the eight spoked wheel has an elegant floral pattern at its center. The inlaid glass inside the wheel is set in diamond form and in the sun’s light they shine brilliantly. This reflection of light could be seen as a metaphor for the illumination that this chair’s owner once shared with many. Above the Wheel of Dharma at the apex of the chair backing we see an elegant four petalled flower. This flower also serves as the starting point for the downward descending guardian…

Biku Chair Backing - Antique Artifacts - Jewel of the Lotus

Votive Plaque: Seated Buddha in a Temple

Votive Plaque: Seated Buddha in a Temple. Culture: India, Bihar, possibly Bodhgaya or Nalanda.

Buddha Muchalinda Black Stone Nepal, circa 11th-12th century 5 in (13 cm)

Buddha Muchalinda Black Stone Nepal, circa century 5 in cm)

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