Nearby Train Crossing Gives Aichi’s Daibutsu The Title Of Most Stylish Great Buddha In Japan

Nearby Train Crossing Gives Aichi’s Daibutsu The Title Of Most Stylish Great Buddha In Japan

Built in 1954, the 18m tall Great Buddha statue in Konan, Aichi prefecture is already a well sought out attraction for those visiting the area. As an added bonus, the impressive statue is even more of a sight to behold in the spring, when it is surrounded by a sea of cherry blossom trees. Continue reading »

Kawaii In The Afterlife: The Playfully Religious Art Of Japanese Illustrator Hasuimo

Kawaii In The Afterlife: The Playfully Religious Art Of Japanese Illustrator Hasuimo

Japanese illustrator hasuimo makes no secret about the orientation of her art. The tweet pinned to the top of her account clearly states: “I like spiritual things.” Continue reading »

Inflate Your Cat’s Holy Ego With This Buddhist Statue Scratching Post From Japan

Inflate Your Cat’s Holy Ego With This Buddhist Statue Scratching Post From Japan

The “Cat Club” (Neko-bu) division of Japanese online retailer Felissimo has put out some creative feline bedding situations in the past. Today, you can add holy kitty claw maintenance to their list of cute cat products, as they’ve just released a scratching post that turns your cat into a feline Buddhist statue! Continue reading »

Architect Tadao Ando Envelops Giant Buddha Statue In Lavender-Planted Hill Temple

Architect Tadao Ando Envelops Giant Buddha Statue In Lavender-Planted Hill Temple

In the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, architect Tadao Ando designed a spectacular temple, which opened in December 2015. An essay by Tadao Ando for the Italian DOMUS Magazine discusses his work in Makomanai Takino Cemetery. Continue reading »

600-Year-Old Buddha Emerges From The Lake In China

600-Year-Old Buddha Emerges From The Lake In China

A 600-year-old Buddha statue has emerged from the Hongmen Reservoir when 30 feet (10 m) of water was drained because of the nearby hydropower gate renovation. Archeologists think that this 12.5 feet (3.8 meters) tall statue could date back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Continue reading »

The Buddha-Bot: Chinese Temple Enlists Mini Monk Robot To Boost Teachings

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Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

According to Joseph Campbell via Reuters: “A Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Beijing has decided to ditch traditional ways and use technology to attract followers. Longquan temple says it has developed a robot monk that can chant Buddhist mantras, move via voice command, and hold a simple conversation. Continue reading »

Buddha’s Birthday

Buddha’s Birthday

The Lantern Festival in Seoul, South Korea, celebrates Buddha’s birthday. Buddha was born approximately 2,557 years ago; the exact date is unknown, but Buddha’s official birthday is celebrated on the full moon in May in South Korea, which is May 17 this year. In photos by Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images. Continue reading »

Photo of the Day: Preparation for the Celebration of Buddha’s Birthday

Photo of the Day: Preparation for the Celebration of Buddha's Birthday

A worker hangs lanterns at the Chogye temple in Seoul, South Korea in preparation for the celebration of Buddha’s birthday on May 28. An estimated one-third of South Korea’s 48 million people are Buddhists. (Ahn Young-joon/Associated Press) Click image to zoom.

Little Buddha

Little Buddha
An idol of Buddha is silhouetted at the Tibetan Monastery in Lumbini, south-west of Kathmandu, Nepal. (Reuters)

World’s Tallest 48-Meter Buddha Statue in Eastern China

World's Tallest 48-Meter Buddha Statue in Eastern China

A statue of Amitabha, also known as the Buddha of Infinite Light, is going up in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province, Nov 4, 2011. The 48-meter statue is one of the world’s tallest. (CFP) Continue reading »

Light Trails Illuminate Buddha Statue in Bangkok During Festival

Light Trails Illuminate Buddha Statue in Bangkok During Festival

A long exposure photo shows the light trails of candles held by buddhists as they walk around a statue to give homage Buddha during Asaha Bucha Day at Buddhamonthon, a suburb of Bangkok on July 15. Asaha Bucha is one of the most important festivals in the Buddhist calendar and celebrates the occasion of the first sermon given by the Lord Buddha. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul / AFP – Getty Images) Continue reading »