According to the traditional biography of Aśvaghoṣa, which was translated into Chinese by Kumārajīva, he was originally a wandering ascetic who was able to defeat all-comers in debate.
The Sutaungpyai Pagoda, which is situated right on the top of the Mandalay hill is a really wonderful temple to see, with very beautiful and complex mosaic glasswork covering the pillars, walls, ceilings and shrines.
The Uposatha calendar for the recitation of the Pātimokkha from the beginning of Hemanta 2010 up and till the end of Hemanta in 2012. According to Myanmar and Sri Lankan traditions.
Yesterday we saw the Tipitaka had been carved on marble slabs at the Kuthodaw Pagoda. Right next door at the Sandamuni Pagoda, there are slabs which contain not just the Tipitaka, but the commentaries and sub-commentaries as well.
The World’s Largest Book stands upright in the grounds of the Kuthodaw Pagoda. It has 730 leaves and 1460 pages; each page is approximately three and a half feet wide, five feet tall and five inches thick.
The post discusses the uses of virtual desktops and a dual monitor system. It seems many people think it will be more complicated having two monitors, but in my experience anyway, the exact opposite is the case.
My name is Jade and I am eleven years old. Mum has asked me to write this for her birthday present. If I do not do what she says, she predicts that I will have terrible bad kamma in my later life and be dead meat. So it is better for me to do what she says.
The Mahamuni Temple or Pagoda is a complex of structures located along a road from Mandalay leading to Amarapura in the southwest. The temple has a central shrine and is framed by an extensive grass lawn. The arcades leading to the main shrine have, as in many temples and pagodas in Myanmar, kiosks selling religious paraphernalia such as incense, candles, rosaries, flowers, robes, sandals etc., and various restaurants and tea shops.
Here is a re-edited short appreciation of the Buddhacarita by Aśvaghoṣa by J.K. Nariman, which can be found in full on my Ancient Buddhist Texts website.
Today I am publishing one of the shortest biographies of the Buddha I have come across. It is by A. Christina Albers who was the author of numerous books and articles on both Buddhist and Hindu subjects.
I traveled in Africa in the 80s, it took around 4 months to cross from the north-west (Morocco) to central (Cameroon) to the east coast (Kenya). I have always found it difficult to get across to people who haven’t been there just how BIG Africa is.
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.
Today I start posting photographs from my recent trip to Myanmar. All the albums are now online and can be accessed from the Myanmar page of my Photo Dharma website, but on the blog I will also offer some more personal recollections than is possible there.
After some consideration I have decided to cut back on the posts I am publishing here, because the fact of the matter is that it takes up far too much of my time – and was, indeed, dominating my publishing efforts for the past few months.
The sculptors of the second century verify our hypothesis not only in what they reproduce and in what they imitate of the works of the past: we may maintain that they do this, also, indirectly, in what they innovate.
The silk road featured some beautiful music by someone who was barely known at the time, and who was brought to prominence by writing the haunting theme music for the series, the Japanese musician Kitarō.
Here is a short discourse that is well worth time considering as it deals with right and wrong sorts of talk. You can use it as a kind of measure of your own concerns and ask yourself: are they in line with Dhamma or with adhamma?
Climate change will affect rainfall, temperature and water availability for agriculture in vulnerable areas. The danger is that extreme food insecurity episodes will become more common.
Human beings possess the intelligence and wisdom to question their existence, how and why they are born in this world and about the meaning of life itself.