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Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst
Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst

The largest collection of original antique Buddha statues.

Own import from Burma

03 August

Buddhist deity: Mahakala

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Buddhist deity: Mahakala

Mahākāla is a common deity worshipped in different religions- Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. In Vajrayana Buddhism, in Tangmi (Chinese Esoteric Buddhism) and in Shingon (Japanese Esoteric Buddhism), Mahākāla appears as a protector deity, Dharmapala. In Chinese, he is known as Daheitian while in Japanese he is popularly known as Daikokuten.

In Sikhism, Mahākāla is referred to as Kal, who is the governor of Maya while Hinduism focuses Mahakala as the consort of Hindu Goddess Kali.

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03 August

Ananda, Guardian of the Dharma

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Ananda was a first cousin of Gautama Buddha and is one of the ten principal disciples of the Buddha. It is believed that Ananda had the most retentive memory. Since the sutras of Sutta Pitaka that was shared during the First Buddhist council was from his recollection of the teaching of Buddha. Hence due to this reason, Ananda was considered as the Guardian of the Dharma.

As mentioned in the Buddhist tradition, every Buddha has two chief disciples along with one attendant. In case of Gautama Buddha, his chief disciples were Sariputta and Maudgalyayanaand his attendant was Ananda.

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03 August

Angkor Wat

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Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia which is regarded as the largest religious monument in the world. The temple complex was built by Khmer King Suryavarman II in Yasodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer empire but was gradually transformed into Buddhist temple towards the end of 12th century. But if we look at the history there was the tradition of building Shaiva tradition and this temple was the first ever temple that was dedicated to Vishnu breaking the Shaiva tradition of the previous kings

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03 August

Amaravathi Mahachaitya

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Amaravathi Mahachaitya

The Amaravati Mahachaitya is also known as Great Stupa, or just Amaravati Stupa. It is believed that Amaravati Mahachaitya was built in phases between the 3rd century BCE and about 250 CE, at Amaravathi village, Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh. Currently, the original Mahachaitya is ruined so the site is under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India. The important sculptures from the sites are now shifted to various museums in India and abroad.

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03 August

Buddhist temples and monastery in England

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Buddhist temples and monastery in England

It is known that Buddhism was introduced in South Asia in the 6th century BCE but the influence of Buddhism was started only in the early 20th century CE in England. The first ever school of Buddhism that was introduced was Theravada Buddhism with the establishment of London's Buddhist Society and Theravada London Buddhist Vihara in 1924 and 1926 respectively.

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03 August

Buddhist Deities

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Buddhist Deities are the divine beings that are worshipped in various ritual and popular contexts by Buddhist. Earlier they were mainly enlightened Buddhas and Indian deities but as Buddhism was spread to other areas and country, other Asian spirits and local gods were also included in the Buddhist Deities. For example, Saraswoti, a Hindu Deva is considered to be Bodhisattvas by many Japanese Buddhists. Hence, the Buddhist Deities includes Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Yidam, Devas, and Yaksha.

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03 August

Buddhist deity: Kangiten

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Buddhist deity: Kangiten

Kangiten or God of Bliss is a god in Shingon and Tendai schools of Japanese Buddhism. He is considered to be the Japanese Buddhist version of the Hindu god, Ganesha. He is also sometimes identified as the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.Kangiten is also popularly known by the following names: Kankiten, Shoten, Daishoten, Daisho Kangiten, Temson, Kangi JIzaiten, Shodensama, Vinayakaten, Binayakaten, Ganapati, and Zobiten.

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02 August

Chithurst Buddhist Monastery

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Buddhist temples and Monastery

Chithurst Buddhist Monastery is most popularly known as just Cittaviveka and is situated in West Sussex, England in the hamlet of Chithurst between Midhurst and Petersfield. This monastery follows Thai Forest Tradition of Theravada Buddhism. The monastery was established in 1979 by the first abbot, Ajahn Sumedho under the auspices of his teacher, Ajahn Chah of Wat Pah Pong, Ubon, Thailand. It was established as the branch monastery of Wat Pah Pong.

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31 July

International Buddhist Temple

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International Buddhist Temple

The International Buddhist Temple is a Chinese Buddhist Temple run by the International Buddhist Society. This temple is situated in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The monks basically practice Mahayana Buddhism but the temple is officially open to all the visitors of all religions and cultural backgrounds. The temple is also visited by the monks affiliated to Theravada Buddhism.

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31 July

Subhuti

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Subhuti

Subhuti was one of the Ten Great Disciples of Gautam Buddha. Literally, the word "Subhuti" means good existence in Prakrit and Pali. Sometimes, he is referred to as "Elder Subhuti" with the respect by other fellow monks and the people. The famous statues of Subhuti can be found in the Bodh Gaya in Bihar, India where the Buddha achieved his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.

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31 July

Ikkyu

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Ikkyu

Ikkyu was an eccentric, iconoclastic Japanese Zen Buddhist monk and poet. He is still remembered for the work he has done. He actually infused Japanese art and literature with Zen attitudes and ideals.

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31 July

Devadatta

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Devadatta

Devadatta was a cousin and brother-in-law of Siddhartha Gautama. He was the brother of Ananda, a principal disciple of the Buddha.

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31 July

Fierce deities

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Fierce deities

Fierce deities are the wrathful forms of enlightened Buddhas, Bodhisattvas or Devas. It is believed that with their powers they are able to destroy the obstacles to enlightenment. Therefore, they are also known as Krodha-Vighnantaka, or "fierce destroyers of obstacles".

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09 May

Mount Jiuhua- a sacred mountains

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Mount Jiuhua- a sacred mountains

Mount Jiuhua is one of the four sacred mountains believed in the Chinese Buddhism. Literally, Mount Jiuhua is also known as Nine Glorious Mountains, which is located in Qingyang County in Anhul province. Apart from its popularization as a pilgrimage site, this mountain is also famous for its rich landscape. The mountain house many of the ancient Buddhist temples holding magnificent Buddha statues.

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07 May

Humans in Buddhism

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Humans in Buddhism

Almost in every religion, humans are considered as the greatest being since they can rationally think the situations. Therefore, humans have a very special status and also in Buddhism, humans are considered only beings that can attain enlightenment as a fully enlightened Buddha. Enlightenment as an arhat can be attained from the realms of the Sudhavasa deities.

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06 May

Buddhist deity: Acala

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Buddhist deity: Acala

Buddhist deity, Acala is a Dharmapala who is based on the school of Vajrayana Buddhism. He is also known as Fudo Myoo as according to the Shingon traditions of Japan. He is positioned among the Wisdom Kings.

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04 May

Symbols in Buddhism

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Symbols in Buddhism

In Buddhism, Symbols are used to represent certain aspects of dharma. These symbols are also regarded as Buddhist art which was first initiated in the fourth century BCE. Later anthropomorphic symbolism along with iconic Buddha statues was introduced from around first century CE. This was initiated from two different places- Mathura and Gandhara.

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03 May

The role of animals in Buddhism

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The role of animals in Buddhism

Animals hold an important place and position in Buddhism since Buddhists are perceived as close to humanitarian. Not only this, It is also because of Buddhist theories and practices revolving around the animals.

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01 May

Saicho, founder of Tendai School of Buddhism in Japan

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Saicho, founder of Tendai School of Buddhism in Japan

Saicho, a Japanese Buddhist monk, born on Sep 15th 767 CE was the founder of the Tendai school of Buddhism which is based on the Chinese Tiantai school. It is recorded that he established the temple and headquarters of Tendai at Enryaku on Mount Hiei near Kyoto. Later he was awarded the posthumous title of Dengyo Daishi.

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13 March

Vasubandhu's Philosophy

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Vasubandhu's Philosophy

Vasubandhu was an influential Buddhist monk and scholar who have written many influential Buddhist philosophy and texts. He wrote Abhidharma from the perspectives of the Sarvastivada and Sautrantika Schools. He later converted himself into Mahayana Buddhism. He along with his half-brother Asanga and others established Yogacara school.

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06 March

Naraka in Buddhism

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Naraka in Buddhism

Naraka is a term in Hindu and Buddhist cosmology which is referred to hell in English. The Naraka of Buddhism is closely related to diyo, the hell in Chinese mythology. It is believed that a being is born into a Naraka due to the result of his/ her karma. They are believed to live there for the finite period of time until that karma has achieved its full result. After that s/he will again reborn in one of the higher worlds.

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28 February

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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golden fence at golden temple

Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi is a sacred fig tree located in the Mahamewna Gardens, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is believed that the tree is used to be the right-wing branch from the historical Sri Maha Bodhi tree at Buddha Gaya in India. The branch of the tree was taken and planted in 288 BC. It is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world with known planting date.

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25 February

Eihei-ji Temple

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Eihei-Ji Temple

Eihei-Ji temple is the Buddhist temple of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism. This Buddhist temple is located about 15 km east of Fukui in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. The English translation of the word Eihei-Ji means the Temple of Eternal Peace.

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09 February

Nan Tien Temple

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Nan Tien Temple

Nan Tien Temple is a Buddhist temple complex, located in the industrial suburb of Berkeley, Australian city of Wollongong. Literally, Nan Tien Temple means Southern Heaven Temple which is one of the branch temples of the Taiwanese Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order.

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