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Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst
Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst

The largest collection of original antique Buddha statues.

Own import from Burma

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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