Posted on 7 December 2012 by Buddhism Now
The Jataka tales are dated between 300 BC and 400 AD. Many of the tales are set in or near Benares, now called Varanasi, a city in north central India on the Ganges River. One of the world’s oldest cities, Varanasi is the most sacred place for Hindus.
Although in their original form the stories are unmistakably Indian and Buddhist, they also posses the quality of universality to a high degree. Versions of them have travelled to the West and have appeared in the works of writers like Aesop, Herodotus, Chaucer, Boccaccio, and more recently, Bertolt Brecht. listen to the Silly Monkeys
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Posted on 14 December 2010 by Buddhism Now
Daruma. Ink on paper, 49.6 x 21.7 in. Hakuin Ekaku, Chikusei Collection.
The Sound of One Hand:
Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin
Widely acknowledged as the leading Zen master of the last five centuries, Hakuin Ekaku (1685-1768) was also the most significant Zen artist of his time. He not only expressed the mind and heart of Zen for monks and lay followers (it was he who first asked “What is the sound of one hand?”) but also reached out to the entire population with his painting and calligraphy. For this first exhibition in the West devoted to Hakuin, 78 of his scrolls will be gathered from collections in the United States and Japan. Organized in collaboration with New Orleans Museum of Art, and curated by Audrey Yoshiko Seo and Professor Stephen Addiss. (more…)
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Posted on 9 December 2009 by Buddhism Now