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Daily Prompt: Blogger With a Cause

If your day to day responsibilities were taken care of and you could throw yourself completely behind a cause, what would it be?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us HELP.

There are so many worthwhile endeavors a person could take up, they couldn’t do all of them. From the ecological aspects as touched upon in by Completely Disappear , to someone who looks back at the challenges they have seen develop as Chronicles of an Angloswiss details. An Atheist Blog looks at empowering girls and women, and all the other great posts found at The Daily Post.

As many of you know I grew up with a mixture of Christianity and Buddhism with a couple of other influences. So my answer would be to help bring social activism and community service into the mainstream of Buddhist practices. As Buddhist we are taught to respect the land and other beings around us, so anything that help the environment, or other people to suffer less is something that can be looked at. From helping the poor, to protecting the environment so all beings can enjoy a healthier life.

If you can work at what you love, then work becomes a joy, not something to be endured.

Some historic Buddhist artifacts

My last post mentioned a travelling show of Buddhist artifacts, this one will offer a few images from the Glenbow museum in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

There is much more to see than these few images, and the Glenbow also offers insight into Alberta and Canadian history, so well worth a visit.

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This is an image of a walking Buddha from Sukothai Thailand from the 14th or 15th century. The Sukothai kingdom flourished between 1250 – 1450 A.D. in what is now known as Thailand.

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This statue of a Bodhisattva is from  the Western region of Tibet, and is from the 11th or 12th century. Bodhisattva means Buddha to be.

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This statue of The Buddha is from the Gupta period in India, approximately the 5th century A.D.

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Mahachakra Vajrapani, one of the protectors of Lhasa the holy city in Tibet. There is some question where this image was created, as the style could be from Mongolia, Tibet or China in the 18th century.

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A Jodo Shinshu Buddhist shrine from Kyoto Japan. This was crafted in the 1930s.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures, and one day get a chance to see them in person.

The Glenbow Museum website.

If you are in Edmonton, Alberta today

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/travel/Relics+Buddha+display+Edmonton+City+Hall/8774293/story.html

Here is a chance to see some Buddhist artifacts, including some from The Dalai Lama’s collection.

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