Beginnings of Chan (Zen) Painting and Muqi is a wonderful film exploring the highly problematic subject of Chan painting. 55 minutes.
Film showing a collection of Chinese and Korean Buddhist bronzes that tell the story of religious art in Asia across 600 years, from the 4th century to the 10th century AD. (around 4 minutes.)
Much of Gandharan art is thus a compelling fusion of foreign styles that ultimately gave visual form to the region’s Buddhist religious ideals. Buddhism, which had emerged from north India, was embraced by the Gandharan people… Free PDF download (22 MB)
As Buddhism spread out from north India, the place of its origin in the sixth century BC, the core ideas of this great religious tradition were often expressed through images. This Bulletin and the exhibition it accompanies, “Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations,” focus on Indian and Tibetan Buddhist art of the eleventh and twelfth centuries… (Free PDF download) Beautiful Buddhist works of art
This small bronze Buddha (16.8 cm) is probably one of the earliest iconic representations of Shakyamuni from Gandhara.
Han Shan wrote poems for everyone, not just the educated elite. A man free of spiritual doctrine, it is unclear whether or not he was a monk, whether he was a Buddhist or a Taoist, or both. It is not even certain he ever lived, but the poems do. Short film (about 30 minutes)
Season’s Greetings from all of us at Buddhism Now and BPG!
Buddhist art: Tantric shrine, disclosing Nirvana within the petals of a lotus.