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.
Bankei Yotaku, a Japanese Rinzai Zen Master, and the abbot of the Ryomon-Ji and Nyono-Ji, is the best known for his views on the Unborn. As D. T. Suzuki mentions Bankei along with Dogen and Hakuin are the most important Japanese Zen masters and Bankei's Unborn Zen is one of the most original developments in the entire history of Zen thought.
Maudgalyayana was one of the Buddha's closest disciples. He was also popularly known as Mahamaudgalyayana. He is also considered as the second of the Buddha's two foremost male disciples, first being Sariputra. It is recorded that Maudgalyayana and Sariputra, in their youths, became spiritual wanderers.
Buddhist deity, Yeshe Tsogyal is regarded as the mother of Tibetan Buddhism since her consort was Padmasambhava. It is believed that Yeshe Tsogyal has revealed terma with Padmasambhava and also hid many of the Padmasambhava's terma on her own with the instructions of Padmasambhava for future generations.
Bodhisattva Vajrapani is one of the earliest appearing protective deities in Mahayana Buddhism. Other two are Bodhisattva Manjusri and Avalokitesvara. Each of the Bodhisattvas symbolizes one of the Buddha's virtues: Manjusri portrays Buddha's wisdom, Avalokitesvara portrays Buddha's immense compassion, and Vajrapani portrays Buddha's power and protects the Buddha at the same time.
Pyu Period Architecture was developed during Pyu period in Myanmar. The architecture was centralized in the three areas- Beikthano, Halin, and Srikestra. Among the three sites, the first two sites were developed during the early Pyu period while the third one Srikestra was developed in the Late Pyu Period.
The Buddhist building structures of Burma is highly influenced by the various architectural styles of neighboring nations. Since the Buddhism was spread from India to almost all the South Asian countries, the Buddhist architectures are heavily influenced by Indian architectures.
In Burma, the culture is nearly associated with the culture of Buddhism since the majority of the people residing in Burma is Buddhist. Since the majority of Burmese follows Buddhist traditions, most of the festivals that the Burmese celebrate throughout the year are related to Buddhism.
Pindaya Caves are a Buddhist pilgrimage site located in Myelat region, Burma. This place has gained tourist attraction in the recent years. Therefore, not only the Buddhist devotee but also tourists pay a homage to the Buddha and side by side enjoy the natural beauty of Burma.
Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, also famously known as Golden Rock, is a well-known Buddhist Pilgrimage site in Mon state, Myanmar. The pagoda measures 7.3 m in height which is built on the top of a granite boulder covered with gold leaves pasted on by its male devotees.