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Nuns Learn to Preserve and Protect Monastery Treasures

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2016.02.24from the website of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa
2016.02.24

Hotel Anand International, Bodhgaya, Bihar
24-26 February, 2016

“It is of great concern to me that over the last sixty years so much of the priceless heritage of Tibetan Buddhism has vanished, not just through theft and deterioration, but because of lack of knowledge and skill in preservation. Over the last twenty years alone far too many irreplaceable works of art such as thangkas, statues, dance costumes, texts, and other sacred artifacts have been lost to future generations.” – His Holiness 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

At the request of the Gyalwang Karmapa, a group of 17 nuns representing all eight Karma Kagyu nunneries completed an intensive three-day training to learn techniques for documenting and preserving the treasures owned by their nunneries, such as statues, thangkas, and texts. In addition, the nuns learned to interview and video-document elders about the history and significance…

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Bodhidharma: Historical Fiction, Hyper-Real Religion and Shaolin Kung Fu

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A now iconic image of Bodhidharma as imagined by the Japanese Woodblock Artist Yoshitoshi, 1887. Source: Wikimedia. A now iconic image of Bodhidharma as imagined by the Japanese Woodblock Artist Yoshitoshi, 1887. Source: Wikimedia.

***For the Friday post we will be revisiting a classic (and very popular) article from the archives.  I originally posted this essay almost two years ago and recently I have found myself thinking about it again.  It will also be good to review as it introduces some concepts that are key to a larger project that I am working on at the moment.  While I have completed most of the rough draft for an initial post on this topic I am still waiting on a few sources, and I don’t want to rush things.  Hopefully it will be ready by next week.  In the mean, time please enjoy this discussion of Bodhidharma and then take a quick look at the recommended post at the end.  With both of them under your belt you…

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