Random Photo Wednesday -A Buddha in Sārnāth

A picture of a carving taken in 2005 in Sārnāth (सारनाथ), the location of the Buddha’s first teaching. The carving shows the Buddha in the teaching mudrā, turning the wheel of Dharma.

A Buddhist Sunday – #Buddha #Relics

After the Buddha reached Parinirvāṇa (he passed away) his body was cremated. The remaining ashes and pieces of bone where distributed amongst his most influential followers. The relics spread across south-east Asia. For example to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in Singapore. I’ve seen relics in a museum in Kolkata, India in 2005 and most recently in the National…

A Buddhist Sunday – A #Statue

Over the years I’ve seen many Buddha statues. Usually you see them on the altar of a Buddhist practitioner – brand new -, or in the museum – ancient, but behind glass. In Asia there are Buddhas everywhere and some quite old. There is no glass separating you from the Buddha and only respect and…

A Buddhist Sunday – Temples in Singapore: The Buddhist Lodge

Only the gate around the Buddhist Lodge in Singapore suggests that this is not an ordinary building. The ornate stone carved panels show several Buddhist stories. The main entrance is through a beautiful arch in Chinese style. The Buddhist Lodge was founded in 1943, originally with roughly 100 members. They came together in a traditional…

A Buddhist Sunday – A bit of Wisdom

Compassion is nothing if not accompanied by wisdom. According to some Buddhist traditions a person has attained enlightenment when they find the perfect balance between compassion and wisdom. Enlightened wisdom is represented by the Buddha (or sometimes: Bodhisattva) Mañjuśrī. There are many different forms of the wisdom Buddha, but he is usually represented as sixteen…

A Buddhist Sunday

It is said that the Buddha had two eminent gurus after he had left his home and after a while he surpassed them both. After that he followed a path of extreme asceticism. A popular belief was that the body gets in the way of spiritual development and that by starving the body the mind is able to…

A Buddhist Sunday

A statue of the Buddha at his birthplace: Lumbini, Nepal. December (when this picture was taken in 2013) in Lumbini is very cold and misty. There are days the sun remains hidden. Planes get delayed as they cannot fly without a direct line of sight. People huddle by the fire at night and struggle to keep…