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  ArtLex on Buddhist Art and Buddhism
Borobudur — one of the most magnificent Buddhist shrines in the world — was built at the end of the 9th century by the Hindu kings of the Sailendra dynasty.
This statue of Fudo, whose name means "immovable," is a staunch guardian of the Buddhist faith, warding off enemies of the Buddha with his word of wisdom and binding evil forces with his lasso.
A symbol of steadfastness in the face of temptation, Fudo is one of the most commonly depicted of the Esoteric Buddhist deities known as Myo-o, "King of Brightness." Here his youthful, chubby body and his skirt and scarf are modeled with the restrained, gentle curves typical of late Heian sculpture.
www.artlex.com /ArtLex/b/Buddhism.html   (919 words)

  Buddhist art - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The art of Mathura tends to be based on a strong Indian tradition, exemplified by the anthropomorphic representation of divinities such as the Yaksas, although in a style rather archaic compared to the later representations of the Buddha.
The Buddhist art of the Mons was especially influenced by the Indian art of the Gupta and post-Gupta periods, and their mannerist style spread widely in Southeast Asia following the expansion of the Mon Empire between the 5th and 8th centuries.
Later, from the 9th to 13th centuries, the Mahayana Buddhist and Hindu Khmer Empire dominated vast parts of the Southeast Asian peninsula, and its influence was foremost in the development of Buddhist art in the region.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Buddhist_art   (4161 words)

 Greco-Buddhist art - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Greco-Buddhist art is the artistic manifestation of Greco-Buddhism, a cultural syncretism between the Classical Greek culture and Buddhism, which developed over a period of close to 1000 years in Central Asia, between the conquests of Alexander the Great in the 4th century BCE, and the Islamic conquests of the 7th century CE.
The art of the Tarim Basin, also called Serindian art, is the art that developed from the 2nd through the 11th century CE in Serindia or Xinjiang, the western region of China that forms part of Central Asia.
3) Vajrapani, the protector of the Buddha, depicted as Herakles in the Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Greco-Buddhist_art   (4922 words)

 Buddhist art - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Buddhist art   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Buddhist iconography, painting, and architecture spread from northwestern India to China and East Asia from the 1st century onwards.
Gupta art was further developed with the painting of exotic tableaux of sculpted and painted masculine and feminine figures.
Following the code of the Samurai warriors, who were famed for their prowess and strength in the martial arts, art influenced by Zen Buddhism imitated the sweeping strokes of the swords in the brushstrokes of their artwork.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Buddhist+art   (1041 words)

 Buddhist Art
One of the most characteristic creations of Tibetan Buddhist art are the mandalas, diagrams of a ¡°divine temple¡± made of a circle enclosing a square, the purpose of which is to help Buddhist worshipers focus their attention through meditation and follow the path to the central image of the Buddha.
The Buddhist art of the Mons was especially influenced by the Indian art of the Gupta and post-Gupta periods, and their mannerist style spread widely in Southeast Asia following the expansion of the Mon Empire between the 5th and 8th centuries.
Later, from the 9th to 13th centuries, the Mahayana Buddhist and Hindu Khmer Empire dominated vast parts of the Southeast Asian peninsula, and its influence was foremost in the development of Buddhist art in the region.
www.thaiexotictreasures.com /buddhist_art.html   (4054 words)

 The Narrative Essence of Buddhist Art
Hence, both, the art of the initial phase which saw the Dhamma straightway, not in anthropomorphism, and the art of the subsequent phase, realising Dhamma in iconic dimensions and hence in his anthropomorphic form, found in narration the subtlest instrument of realising the Dhamma.
The Buddhist art, which was primarily the tool of communicating, knowing and stimulating the mind, something as did literary narratives, was not only different from this early art but it rather sought to completely distance itself from it.
The Buddhist art, hence, often appears to have been rendered for a knowing viewer, a patron, monk or devotee, who is able to participate in the discourse which a stone slab, painted wall or palm leaf initiates.
www.exoticindiaart.com /article/buddhistart   (3909 words)

 Buddhist Art - Mandalas, Thangkas, Jewelry, Statues, Rugs
Buddhist art is considered some of the most ornate and detailed art ever made.
Buddhist art is evident everywhere in Tibetan culture and carries symbolic meanings and significance.
Buddhist art is reflected in many of our products, especially our Thangkas, Jewelry, Statues, Tibetan rugs, and ritual items.
www.tibetanspirit.com /buddhist_art.asp   (228 words)

 BBC - Religion & Ethics - Introduction to Buddhist Art   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Buddhist art is as old as Buddhism itself.
Buddhist temples around the world are famous for their awe-inspiring beauty.
Buddhist practice is an enriching and often challenging undertaking.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/buddhism/features/sahaja   (363 words)

 John Vincent Bellezza: Metal and Stone Vestiges
Buddhist sculpture and painting adopted earlier technologies and esthetics, developing them in innovative ways to serve the new religion and ethos.
This body of ancient art however, must not be viewed monolithically, as it is made up of various strands of myth, belief and convention extending across many centuries and the vast expanse of the Tibetan pleateau.
The saints of the pre-Buddhist kingdom of Zhang Zhung, as well as certain Buddhist adepts, are recorded in the literature as manifesting as raptors in the discharge of their religious duties and as demonstrations of mystic power.
www.asianart.com /articles/vestiges/index.html   (8831 words)

 Buddhist Arts : Art In Buddhism, Arts Produced By Buddhist in Buddhism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Buddhist arts are as old as Buddhism itself.
Buddhist arts means art which relates to Buddhism and on the other arts which is produced by Buddhist.
Art in less permanent media must also have been produced at the same time as the art in stone, and indeed probably before monumental art in stone.
www.himalayanmart.com /buddhistarts.php   (946 words)

 Buddhist arts, zen art, arts and Buddhism, Buddhism art, Buddhist paintings & sculptures, History of Buddhist art, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Buddhist art is a reflection of Buddhist thought and practice.
One of the important attempts of Buddhist art is to guide and inspire sentient beings on the path toward enlightenment.
Although it encompasses a variety of media and forms, Buddhist art is strongly linked with the temple, monastic life and reverence for the Buddha.
eng.buddhapia.com /_Service/BUDDHAPIA/0000000329   (223 words)

 Buddhist Art and Architecture: Tibetan Buddhist Art
Works of art are usually commissioned, either by monasteries or lay patrons, and their execution generally follows strict canonical rules as to proportions, symbols and colours, in accordance with artistic manuals.
Tibetan art is largely anonymous, and this custom of artistic anonymity is grounded in the Buddhist belief in working toward the elimination of the individual ego.
In Dharamsala, the Centre for Tibetan Art and Crafts was established in 1977 under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Charitable Trust.
www.buddhanet.net /tibart.htm   (1604 words)

 Books on indian art,books,southasian art,buddhist art,indian booksellers,art architecture,indian & southasian art, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The Indus phase of art stands for the originality of form and content which was treated with metaphysical approaches and canonised in the later phases of Indian art history.
Sculpture, especially as an art form, was granted extensive patronage by the Indus Valley Civilization, the Mauryas, the Satavahanas, the Sungas, the Kushans, the Guptas, the Chalukyas, the Rashtrakutas, the Pallavas, the Cholas, and still continues to thrive in contemporary India.
Some art forms display considerable continuities with the past while others are distinguished by the unique cultural practices of subregional communities, such as the textiles of nomadic pastoralists inhabiting the northeastern parts of Ladakh.
www.geocities.com /bookloversindia/art.html   (8686 words)

 Buddhist Art: Art relates to Buddhism.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Buddhist art is as old as Buddhism itself.
Buddhist means arts which relates to Buddhism and on the other art which is produced by Buddhists.
Buddhists throughout the centuries have created images and symbols for one or more of three basic reasons.
www.thangkapaintings.com /buddhist_art.php   (1042 words)

 ackland.org - Buddhist Art and Ritual from Nepal and Tibet
Buddhist Art and Ritual from Nepal and Tibet
It suggests the integration of art and ritual that is fundamental to understanding the true meanings of these objects as part of living cultural traditions.
Buddhist Art and Ritual from Nepal and Tibet was made possible by the Museum Loan Network, a national collection-sharing program funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by MIT's Office of the Arts.
www.ackland.org /art/exhibitions/buddhistart/index.html   (246 words)

 Buddhist Art in India - by Radha Banerjee   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
The term Hindu, Jaina or Buddhist art is but a popular nomenclature to distinguish one group of monuments, including painting, cave-temples and architecture, etc., from another stand point of the predominance of one or the other religious theme.
The art of this period consists mainly in the excavation of the rock-cut temples or viharas (some of which are embellished with paintings) and the erection of railings and toranas (gateways) to the Buddhist Stupas at different places).
One anachronism of Buddhist art in mediaeval period is the introduction of the crowned Buddhas with jewelleries.
ignca.nic.in /budh0002.htm   (2751 words)

 Open Directory - Society: Religion and Spirituality: Buddhism: Art   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Buddhist Art and Architecture - About the symbolism behind hand mudrus and mandalas, and the perfect proportions behind every Buddha figure.
Buddhist Manuscripts of the Great Silk Road - Virtual tour of the "Exhibition of Buddhist Manuscripts and Block Prints" at the National Library of Austria.
Dunhuang Cave Art - Dunhuang was at the hub of cultural exchanges between China and the West along the "Silk Road".
dmoz.org /Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/Buddhism/Art   (631 words)

The art of this period is primarily Buddhist.
The stringent styles of the images of early Buddhist art were moderated by emphasis on the human element.
Perhaps the largest representations of Buddhist art are found in the 492 caves of Dunhuang.
www.csuchico.edu /~cheinz/syllabi/asst001/fall97/7merc.htm   (976 words)

 Buddhist Art of North-West Pakistan
In arts and crafts, also, Gandhara was well-advanced and her products, which included delicately-worked gold and silver jewelry and carved ivory and metal objects, were highly prized in many parts of the civilized world.
No study of this art is possible without reference to religion, which it served and the man who preached it.
The scope of this art was not limited exclusively to religious subjects; it covered, incidentally, many other aspects of life.
www.caroun.com /Art/Pakistan/BuddhistArtofNorth-WestPakistan.html   (2002 words)

 Tibetan Buddhist Art Buddhism Symbols and Images.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-01)
Tibetan Buddhist art in the form of images and symbols was created for may reasons.
Although Buddhist influence waned during persecutions between 838 and 942, the religion saw a revival beginning in the late tenth century.
It rapidly became dominant, inaugurating what is known as the "later diffusion of the Buddhist faith." During the first few hundred years of this renewed interest, many monks from Tibet traveled abroad to India), the homeland of Buddhism, to study the religion, and Indian scholars were invited to Tibet to lecture and give teachings.
www.thangkapaintings.com /tibetan_buddhist_art.php   (493 words)

 The Mandala - Sacred Geometry and Art
Perhaps the most admired and discussed symbol of Buddhist religion and art is the mandala, a word which, like guru and yoga, has become part of the English language.
In the context of the Buddhist path the purpose of a mandala is to put an end to human suffering, to attain enlightenment and to attain a correct view of Reality.
The fact that the monks traditionally sweep away their mandalas the instant that they are completed may suggest that they do this to emphasize the ephemeral nature of any one pattern, as experienced in the rapidly changing vision.
www.exoticindiaart.com /article/mandala   (3014 words)

 Buddhist Art and Architecture of China
This interdisciplinary study on the development of Buddhist art and architecture in China from the early period till the Qing Dynasty is in a 8½ x 11 format with 50 photo illustrations, the majority of which have never been shown or introduced to the Western world.
One of several reasons given for the lack of books during much of the twentieth century was the knowledge of the regional aspects of Chinese art was not proportionate to the enormous quantity of art objects of historical and archeological interest that had spread the fame of Chinese Art around the world.
Chinese Buddhism and the Art of Chinese Calligraphy
www.mellenpress.com /mellenpress.cfm?bookid=5956&pc=9   (534 words)

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The traditional style of Buddhist art in China, both in sculptures and paintings, was always freer and simpler than the strict Indian and Tibetan styles, the sublime style of the Thais, and the solid and heavy style of the Sri Lankans.
One of the favorite Buddhist symbols in China is the swastika, the Indian sign of happiness and prosperity, which is common to all Indian religions.
In the first period, from the 6th to the beginning of the 9th centuries, Japanese Buddhist art was heavily dependant on early Chinese styles, and only after Kyoto became the capital of the country in 800 did the elegant Japanese style begin to develop.
www.buddhistdoor.com /BuddhistArt/Introductory_5.html   (1145 words)

 UVA Art Museum - East Asian Buddhist Art and Architecture Symposium
Nancy S. Steinhardt is Professor of East Asian Art, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilization, and Curator of Chinese Art, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania.
Specializing in Buddhist art of medieval China, her research addresses topics of art in relation to religion and society.
In addition to her recent book, Chinese Steles: Pre-Buddhist and Buddhist Use of a Symbolic Form (2004), she has authored articles that range in topics from pilgrims' maps to devotional arts, deity cults, pure land paintings, gender and ethnicity issues in Buddhist patronage, cults of saints in Asian traditions, and images of Buddhist cosmographies.
www.virginia.edu /artmuseum/symposium/speakers.html   (1335 words)

 Artscape : Arts: Buddhist Art for AIDS in Thailand
The Buddhist Art for AIDS Project is an innovative project that is using a combination of Buddhist teachings and art to raise HIV/AIDS awareness among monks, youth, and the local community.
The project works with Thai novice monks, and Shan novice monks from Burma living in Northern Thailand, linking relevant Buddhist teachings to show the impact of HIV in their communities and lives.
Art has the ability to address often hidden beliefs that promote negative attitudes towards people living with HIV/AIDS.
www.youandaids.org /Artscape/Arts/buddhist.asp   (444 words)

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