catmoon wrote:Wow. That is an amazing work of art. Tell us a little about it?
It is a statue from the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
"Guanyin of the Southern Sea," Chinese, Liao (907-1125) or Jin Dynasty (1115-1234)
Wood with multiple layers of paint
95 x 65 inches (241.3 x 165.1 cm)
- How foolish you are,
grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
the modern mind has become so limited and single-visioned that it has lost touch with normal perception - John Michell
This awesome Stupa built in 1651 is in the main gardens of central Beijing. The small shrine in front contains a beautiful statue of Yamantaka and the plaque beneath it reads: Here is enshrined the image of Yamantaka said to be the Guardian of Beijing. Inside the gate is a Gelug Temple.
Khenpo Jikme Phuntsok
Quote and image directly above from Shanghai Daily.comA road divides a town of wooden cabins into two parts in Serthar in southwest Sichuan Province. On the left is where nuns live, while on right are houses for monks. The Serthar Buddhist Institute, also known as Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, is sited in the Larung Valley near the town of Serthar. Despite its remote location, at an altitude of 4,000 meters in the Karze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan and more than 800 kilometers by dirt road from the nearest city, the institute has grown from a handful of disciples to become one of the largest centers for the study of Tibetan Buddhism in the world, numbering nearly 10,000 monks, nuns, and lay disciples.
At the time my friend was resident there were approximately 10,000 monks, 6,000 nuns and several hundred laypeople.
Below is a water colour of Manjushuri painted for me by Ven. Gyatso
There are some more paintings by Ven. Gyatso painted for me here here and here.
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