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Annual Buddhist Festival To Include Talks About Baltimore, Social Justice

by Crystal Lewis, The Huffington Post, June 10, 2015

Washington, D.C. (USA) -- Buddhists and meditation enthusiasts will gather near Washington, DC this week for Buddhafest, an annual event that includes a film festival, dharma talks, meditation sessions and music. Organizers will open and close this year's festival with presentations by Buddhist leaders who have worked to bring peace to the city of Baltimore and cultural diversity to the religion.

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Stories behind Buddhist art

By Lee Woo-young, Korea Herald, May 26, 2015

The National Museum of Korea highlights devout patrons of Buddhist art

Seoul, South Korea -- Around 1247, Empress Hampyeong of Goryeo (918-1392) commissioned an artisan known for his skilled silver engraving to inscribe patterns of clouds and lotuses on a bronze vase in a prayer for the well-being of her family and country.

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The Buddhist masterpiece is on display in Hong Kong

ECNS, Feb 27, 2015

Hong Kong, China -- A 500 year-old thangka is just one piece of a treasure trove of Buddhist art that will be on the auction block in New York next month. The works are currently on display at Bonhams in Hong Kong.

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Review: Exploring ‘Buddhist Art of Myanmar’ at Asia Society

By HOLLAND COTTER, The New York Times, Feb. 12, 2015

New York, USA -- Religious images live switched-on, switched-off lives. I remember walking through the National Museum in Kyoto, Japan, some years back, taking in its rows of Buddhist sculpture, and being stopped by one piece, not because it was especially beautiful - it wasn’t - but because a vase with a single fresh flower had been placed in front of it, like an offering in a temple. I stayed with the image because someone - a guard? a visitor? - was telling me, in terms I don’t often think of in museums, that it was important, in a personal, spiritual way.

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Tibetan Buddhist symbols and their religious and spiritual significance

by Dr. Lalit kishore, Merinews, 21 February, 2015

New Delhi, India -- Every religion has some simple visual symbols to represent itself and convey its essence. There are eight Tibetan Buddhist symbols representing the essence of the religion. Often, these symbols are used as wall painting or floor paintings on the occasion of religious festivals on ceremonies.

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Feminism Awakens In Himalayan Buddhist Art and Meditation

by Roger Denson, The Huffington Post, Posted: Jan 31, 2015

New York, USA -- In mid-January the British-born Buddhist nun, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo - the closest thing we have to a Thomas Merton figure today - spoke before a sold-out audience at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Arts in Manhattan.

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A New Kind of Buddhist Altar for a Changing Japan

by Margaret Rhodes, Wired, Jan 8, 2015

Tokyo, Japan -- Traditional Buddhist prayer altars are a breathtaking sight. The shrines range in size and ornamentation, but some of the most elaborate ones are spectacles of gold, painted wood, and statuettes that act as a focal point for prayer and meditation.

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Asia Society to highlight Myanmar Buddhist art

Mizzima, Nov 24, 2014

Yangon, Myanmar -- The Asia Society Museum exhibition will seek to highlight the beauty and diversity of Buddhist art in Myanmar. Photo: Asia Society

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'Mandala' Buddhist paintings rarely seen by public set to go on display

By TOMOYOSHI KUBO, Asahi Shimbun, October 25, 2014

KYOTO, Japan -- Two rarely shown painted “mandala” that depict the Buddhist universe will go on public display at Toji temple, a World Heritage site, on Oct. 31.

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Marriage of Buddhism and modern dance

By Kwon Mee-yoo, The Korea Times, Oct 17, 2014

Seoul, South Korea -- Masked dancers run through gilded Buddhist statues on stage and roll over with them. The dancers also pile up plastic baskets on stage and knock them down, as if symbolizing Koreans accepting and consuming new culture rapidly.

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