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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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.

Heart Sutra a deeper look (Part 4)

Having given the basics, lets prepare to look at the Heart Sutra line by line. Today I will provide a copy of the translation I will be using for this discussion. I will also provide links to the definitions of key terms, using Wikipedia. Their explanations are clear, and written in such a way as for most to understand. Also please remember I am not a monk or Buddhist scholar, rather a layperson who is following this path. I provide this to help provide knowledge, and if you are interested please seek out a Buddhist temple for further knowledge.


When Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva was practicing the profound prajna paramita, he illuminated the five skandhas and saw that they are all empty, and he crossed  beyond all suffering and difficulty.

Shariputra, form does not differ from emptiness;  emptiness does not differ from form. Form itself is emptiness; emptiness itself is form. So, too, are feeling, cognition, formation, and consciousness.

Shariputra, all dharmas are empty of characteristics.  They are not produced. Not destroyed, not defiled, not  pure, and they neither increase nor diminish. Therefore, in emptiness there is no form, feeling, cognition,  formation, or consciousness; no eyes, ears, nose, tongue,  body, or mind; no sights, sounds, smells, tastes, objects of  touch, or dharmas; no field of the eyes, up to and  including no field of mind-consciousness; and no  ignorance or ending of ignorance, up to and including no  old age and death or ending of old age and death. There is no suffering, no accumulating, no extinction, no way, and  no understanding and no attaining.

Because nothing is attained, the Bodhisattva, through  reliance on prajna paramita, is unimpeded in his mind.  Because there is no impediment, he is not afraid, and he leaves distorted dream-thinking far behind. Ultimately Nirvana!

All Buddhas of the three periods of time attain  Anuttarasamyaksambodhi through reliance on prajna  paramita. Therefore, know that prajna paramita is a  great spiritual mantra, a great bright mantra, a supreme  mantra, an unequalled mantra. It can remove all  suffering; it is genuine and not false. That is why the  mantra of prajna paramita was spoken. Recite it like this:

Gate gate paragate parasamgate bodhi svaha!

translation source: http://www.cttbusa.org/heartsutra/heartsutra.htm


Avalokiteshvara:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avalokite%C5%9Bvara

Bodhisattva:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhisattva

Skandha: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skandhas

Shariputra: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shariputra

Anuttarasamyaksambodhi: The perfect and universal enlightenment obtained by a Buddha. Also referred to as the supreme enlightenment of Buddhas, Arahats, and Bodhisattvas.

As some of you will have some reading, I will stop for today, and let you become more familiar with the Sutra and terms. Tomorrow we will start examining the Sutra line by line.

Previous postings in this series:




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Developing community

Today rather than add a blog posting, I added a new page found at the top of this blog.

Online Sangha (arya).

This is where I will list others who are following the path the Buddha has shown. As we are all at different points on the path we have chosen, and no two people follow the same path, please follow the Buddha’s teaching. To test what you hear, see or read, and adopt it only if it is of benefit to you and other sentient beings. If others add a page with links, perhaps we can build a community here, where we can share knowledge and gain wisdom.

I choose to add a page rather than, a blog roll as it will allow lisitng more than 20 or so blogs. Arya is to indicate that lay people are welcome, as this is about community. I am a lay follower of the Buddha and enjoy reading and learning from others, who in many cases have wisdom that comes from eveyday living.


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