Inspirational and Educational blog about Buddha statues & Buddhism. During the last 10 years, we have written a number of articles which are mentioned in this blog. We have written about many Buddhist sites, temples and also about Hindu & Buddha statues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.