Somawathiya Chaitya on Photo Dharma

Somawathiya Chaitya

Photographs from a previously inaccessible pilgrimage centre in Sri Lanka.

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Early Buddhist Legends of Sri Lanka

Early Buddhist Legends of Sri Lanka

An illustrated talk on the early Buddhist legends of Sri Lanka, covering the three journeys of Lord Buddha to the Island, the origin of the Sinhala peoples, and the significance of the legends.

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The Background to the Buddha’s Teaching

An illustrated talk on the geographical, social, political and religious background to the Buddha’s teaching.

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Photographs from the Patna Museum

Maitreya, 10c, Gaya

Account of the the State Museum of Bihar at Patna and the Buddhist artifacts that are found there.

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Indian Buddhist Art Schools (6 Maps)

Gandhara Perid Map

A new set of six maps showing the main schools of Buddhist Art in India and their provenance, together with further information about the schools.

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Bhante Anandajoti: 4. The Spread of Buddhist Civilisation through Asia

Gandhari Dhammapada

A video based on a talk looking at the spread of Buddhist Civilisation throughout Asia from the earliest times till around 1,200 years after its beginning.

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Bhante Anandajoti: 3. Asoka and the Missions

Asoka-and-the-Missions

A video illustrating the growth of the Magadhan Empire and the Missions sent out by King Asoka with special reference to Sri Lanka.

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The Ascendency of Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia

The Ascendency of Theravada Buddhism

Book Review of The Ascendency of Theravada Buddhism in Southeast Asia by Prapod Assavavirulhakarn

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Bhante Anandajoti: The Four Assemblies

Audio

A Dhamma talk about the original intentions behind the organisation of the Buddhist community, how that has changed over time, and the benefits there would be in returning to the Buddha’s original intentions.

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Mount Kailash, A Pilgrim’s Companion

Ven Dhammika

A short book by Ven Dhammika as a companion to Mount Kailash has now been published on the Photo Dharma website, with extra photographs he took along the way.

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Bhante Anandajoti: The Life of King Asoka

Audio

A short introduction to the life and works of the model Buddhist King Asoka, who reigned over most of the Indian sub-continent a couple of hundred years after the Buddha’s parinibbana, and was instrumental in making the religion an international one.

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Chiang Mai: First Four Photo Albums

The Three Kings

The first four albums from my photoshoot in Chiang Mai have just been published, and cover some of the out-of-station sites. I have also added histories, maps and illustrative materials to the various pages

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Simple Buddhist-Christian Era Conversion Forms

Jesus and Buddha

Here are some javascript forms to make a quick conversion between the Buddhist and Christian Eras.

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Thant Myint-U: The River of Lost Footsteps

Book Cover Photo

The River of Lost Footsteps, by Thant Myint-U provides a political history of Burma from the earliest times, and brings it up until the “Saffron Revolution” of 2007.

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Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon – 2

Southern Entrance and Pagoda

The Shwedagon Pagoda, also known as the Golden Pagoda, is a 98-metre gilded stupa located in Yangon. The pagoda lies to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, on the Singuttara Hill and dominates the skyline of the city.

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Thomas Berry and the Earth Community

Thomas Berry and the Earth Community

Thomas Berry was one of the most profound Catholic philosophers of the last century who dared to take a new look at the world that science was bringing to light and found inspiration in it.

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The History and Production of Silk

Women making Silk, 12th century

In July 2007, archeologists discovered intricately woven and dyed silk textiles in a tomb in Jiang-xi province, dated to the Eastern Zhou Dynasty roughly 2,500 years ago.

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The Silk Road Transmission of Buddhism

Central Asian Monks

The Silk Road transmission of Buddhism to China started in the 3rd century BCE during the reign of the first emperor of China, Qin Shihuang.

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The Travels and Work of Xuan-zang

Xuan-zang Statue at the Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi-an

Xuan-zang was fully ordained as a monk in 622, at the age of twenty. The myriad contradictions and discrepancies in the texts at that time prompted Xuan-zang to decide to go to India and study in the cradle of Buddhism.

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HOME: The Statistics

HOME

Here I have collected together some statistics from the film HOME in a sequence which is worthwhile spending some time contemplating.

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