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Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst
Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst

The largest collection of original antique Buddha statues.

Own import from Burma

23 July

Vajrayogini

By Gaurav Manandhar at

vajrayogini

Vajrayogini is a Buddhist deity and Dakini associated with Vajrayana Buddhism. Vajrayogini's true nature is of great passion which is free of selfishness and illusion. Vajrayogini intensely works for the well-being of others and for the destruction of ego. Since she guides the person towards the way which transforms the people into enlightened virtues, she is regarded as the perfect idol to practice Vajrayana.

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23 July

Lotus Sutra

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lotus-sutra

The Lotus Sutra is one of the most popular and influential Mahayana Sutras. On the basis of this sutra, many schools of Buddhism have been established to date and some of them are Tiantai, Tendai, Cheontae, and Nichiren schools. It is believed that the Lotus Sutra contains the final teaching of Buddha, complete and sufficient for salvation.

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20 July

Kalama Sutra

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Kalama Sutra got its name after the clan Kalama, to whom the Buddha gave the discourse about the true wisdom and how to analyze the teachings whether it is true or not. Kalama Sutra is included in the Anguttara Nikaya of Tipitaka. This sutra is often cited by the followers of Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism.

The Kalama Sutra is used for advocating true wisdom. This is generally done with the help of sound logical reasoning arguments for the inquiries, like the discipline of seeking the truth, wisdom and knowledge are religious or not, that are generated in the practice. Hence, the Kalama Sutra is opposite of blind faith, dogmatism and superstitious belief.

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20 July

Amitayurdhayana Sutra

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Amitayurdhayana Sutra

The Amitayurdhayana Sutra is one of the Mahayana Sutra as per Pure Land Buddhism, a branch of Mahayana Buddhism. It is one of the three principle Pure Land sutras along with the Infinite Life Sutra and the Amitabha Sutra. This Amitayurdhyana Sutra especially focuses on meditations involving complex visualization.

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20 July

Agganna Sutra

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Agganna Sutra

Agganna Sutra is the 27th Sutra that is included in the Digha Nikaya collection. The Sutra describes an in-detailed discourse by the Buddha to two brahmins- Bharadvaja and Vasettha. Bharadvaja and Vasettha left their family and the community to become the Buddhist monks.

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05 January

Buddhist Deity: Vajra Tara

By Devik Balami at

Buddhist Deity Vajra Tara

Buddhist Deity, Vajra Tara is also popularly known as Mahacinatara and is one of the 21 Taras present in the Buddhist scriptures. The other names for Bodhisattva Vajra Tara are Blue Tara, Vajra Tara, Ugra Tara, and Ekajati or Ekajata. It is believed that Bodhisattva Vajra Tara along with Bodhisattva Palden Lhamo is one of the most powerful and fierce goddesses of Vajrayana Buddhism.

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02 January

Buddhist Deity: Kongorikishi

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Buddhist deity: Kongorikishi

Buddhist Deity- Kongorikishi is two enraged, muscular guardians of the Buddha standing at the entrance of many temples which houses Buddha statues. These Buddhist deities are seen only in the Buddhist temple that follows East Asian Buddhism. It is believed that the Bodhisattvas, Kongorikishi is Dharmapala manifestations of the Bodhisattva Vajrapani, the oldest and most powerful Mahayana Buddhist deity.

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31 December

Buddhist Deity: Vajrasattva

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Buddhist Deity Vajrasattva

Vajrasattva is a Buddhist deity or Bodhisattva in the Mahayana Buddhism, and Vajrayana Buddhism. The name Vajrasattva means "Diamond Being" or simply "Thunderbolt Being", and in other words, vajra is closely related to tantric Buddhism, often called as the Tantric Buddhist Being. This Buddhist deity is majorly mentioned in two of the most popular Sutra: Mahavairocana Sutra and Vajrasekhara Sutra.

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27 December

Early Buddhist Meditation

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Early Buddhist Meditation

Buddhist meditation refers to the meditative practices as according to the Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy. As the teaching of Buddha was preserved in Pali Canon and other Buddhist canons, the core meditation techniques are also preserved in the ancient Buddhist canon. Due to increase in popularity, these techniques have been proliferated and diversified when it is transmitted from teacher to student.

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26 December

The Buddhist Festival: Losar

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praying to Jokhang Temple in Losar

Losar is a Buddhist festival celebrated by the people who follow the Tibetan Buddhism. This festival is celebrated on the first day of the lunisolar Tibetan calendar. Therefore, it occurs on various dates depending on location and tradition and corresponds to a date in February or March in the Gregorian calendar.

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20 December

An Introduction to Mahayana Meditation

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Mahanyana meditation

Mahayana Buddhism is one of the branches of Buddhism which also includes numerous schools of practice. These schools of Mahayana Buddhism have been established with the focus on various Buddhist sutras, philosophical treatises, and commentaries. Again these schools have their own Mahayana meditation techniques for the purpose to attain enlightenment.

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18 December

An Introduction to Theravada Meditation

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Theravada meditation

The oldest material based on meditation according to the Theravada Buddhism is stated in the Pali Nikayas and the texts such as the Patisambhidamagga. These texts on meditation provide commentary to the meditation sutta like the Anapanasati Sutta. Likewise, there is an early Theravada meditation manual named Vimuttimagga as well which was published in a 1st or 2nd century. But the meditation manual, Visuddhimagga was written by Buddhaghosa is regarded as the most influential presentation.

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10 December

Tantra techniques in Vajrayana Buddhism

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displaying tantra techniques

Generally, Tantra is defined as an inner realization that functions to prevent ordinary appearances and conceptions and to accomplish the four complete purities of the Buddha (environment, body, enjoyments, and deeds). Therefore, in order to attain or accomplish the four complete purities, the follower of Vajrayana Buddhism relies on certain techniques which usually termed as the tantric techniques. These tantric techniques are rooted in scriptures such as tantras and various tantric commentaries and treatises.

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22 November

Nepalese art and architectural designs

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buddhist art

Nepalese art and architectures are highly influenced by both major religion of Nepal, i.e. Hinduism and Buddhism. We can also observe that some artworks have a component of both religions proving the state to be religiously tolerant. For example, the temple of avaloketishor (Buddhist deity) located at the heart of Kathmandu, Jana Bahal has the metal artwork of Vishnu Avatar (Hindu deity) placed in the wall of the temple. Therefore in order to understand Nepalese art, one requires a clear understanding of these two religions, their nature, and idiosyncrasies.

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19 November

Tibetan Buddhist architecture

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Tibetan Buddhist Monastery

Tibetan architecture is highly influenced by the architectural designs of the neighboring country- Nepal, China, and India. There are lots of similarities in the designs and even structures. For examples- stupas (chorten in the Tibetan language), monasteries, etc.

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19 November

Stupas in Tibet

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stupa in tibet

It is recorded that the presence of Buddhist stupas was dated back to the late 4th century BCE in India. Some scriptures claim that stupas were built even earlier than the mentioned dates. But before the stupas were constructed with less durable materials like- woods, or other materials which is still unknown, till date.

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14 November

School of Tibetan Buddhism

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monastery

Tibetan Buddhism is the form of Vajrayana Buddhism which got its name after the name of the region, Tibet. Tibetan Buddhism is practiced not only in Tibet but also in other parts of the world. Along with following the teachings of Buddha, Tibetan Buddhism also applies Tantric practices and aspires to Buddhahood. Tibetan Buddhism has majorly four schools- Nyingma, Kagyu, Sakya, and Gelug.

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12 November

Newar Buddhist culture

By Devik Balami at

seto machinadranath

Newar community constitutes of primarily Indo-Aryan and Tibeto-Burman ethnicities which follows Hinduism and Buddhism as the religion with the common language, Nepal Bhasa. Newars who follows Hinduism observe Newar Hindu Culture while Buddhist Newars observe Newar Buddhist Culture.

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29 October

Boudhanath: a Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal

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Boudhanath Stupa a Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal

Boudhanath is a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site in Kathmandu, Nepal. When viewed from the Ariel, Boudhanath makes an impressive, massive mandala. It is believed that the Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world and enshrines the remains of Kasyapa Buddha. This historical site was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

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25 October

Drak Yerpa: a Buddhist Pilgrimage site in Tibet

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Drak Yerpa a Buddhist Pilgrimage site in Tibet

Drak Yerpa, an ancient Buddhist pilgrimage site consists of the monastery and a number of ancient meditation caves. The other popular names for Drak Yerpa are Brag Yerpa, Druk Yerpa, Dagyeba, Dayerpa, and Trayerpa. This famous pilgrimage site is located on a hillside in Dagze County, Tibet. The Yerpa Valley is about 16 Km northeast of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Kyichu. The ancient meditation caves are further 10 Km far away in the limestone cliffs of the Yerpa Valley.

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18 October

Jokhang Temple

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Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple is a most sacred and important Buddhist pilgrimage site in Barkhor Square, Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. The other name for Jokhang temple is the Qoikang Monastery, Jokhang Monastery, and Zuglagkang. The temple was built with the mixed architectural style of Indian Vihara, Tibetan and Nepalese style.

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11 October

Oldest pilgrimage site of Nepal: Swayambhunath

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Swayambhunath

Swayambhunath is one of the scared ancient Buddhist pilgrimage site in Nepal situated at the hill in the west direction of Kathmandu city. This pilgrimage site for Newar Buddhists occupies a central position while for Tibetan Buddhists, it places in the second position after Boudha. According to the stone inscription found at the site, the Swayambhunath stupa was built by King Manadeva. Apart from the main stupa, there are other varieties of shrines and temples, some of which dated back to Licchavi period as well.

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06 October

Sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site of Nepal: Namo Buddha

By Devik Balami at

Namo Buddha

Namo Buddha is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site of Nepal. It is one of the three main stupas of the Kathmandu Valley. The other two stupas are Swyambhunath stupa and Boudhanath stupa. Namo Buddha stupa is situated about 40 km to the south-east of Kathmandu city. It is believed that the stupa was built over bones and hair of Prince Semchen Chenpo which stands on the slopes of the Gandhi Malla hill.

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