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Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst
Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst

The largest collection of original antique Buddha statues.

Own import from Burma

25 May

Buddhist deity: Guanyin

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Buddhist deity: Guanyin

Buddhist deity, Guanyin is an East Asian bodhisattva associated with compassion as respected by Mahayana Buddhists. She is commonly known as the goddess of mercy. It is believed that when Guanyin's followers depart this world, they are placed by Guanyin in the heart of a lotus, and then sent to the Western Pure Land of Sukhavati.

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22 March

Milarepa- Famous Yogis and Poets

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Milarepa

Ujetsun Milarepa was born in the mid 11th century in the village of Kya Ngatsa which is also known as Tsa, in Gungthang province. He was named Mila Thopaga early in his life which translates Joy to hear. He is a major figure in the history of Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism and is considered as one of the Tibetan's famous yogis and poets.

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21 March

Zhiyi

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Zhiyi founder of tiantai Buddhist Tradition

Zhiyi is considered as the founder of Tiantai tradition of Buddhism in China. He is best known for being the first in the history of Chinese Buddhism to elaborate a complete, critical and systematic classification of the teachings of Buddha. He is also regarded as the first major figure to make significant changes in the Indian tradition that was followed and localize it to form Chinese indigenous system.

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19 March

Jizang

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Jizang

Jizang, a Persian-Chinese Buddhist monk, and scholar are also known as Jiaxiang or Master Jiaxiang since he was popularized and recognized while he was at the Jiaxing Temple. Jizang is also regarded as the founder of East Asian Madhyamaka.

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15 March

Kumarajiva

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Kumaravija

Kumarajiva was the son of Brahmin priest, Kumarayana and Kuchan princess, Jiva also known as Jivaka. He was very talented and once an arhat predicted that he will be one who will spread the Buddhism in China and other parts as well. He studied the Abhidharma Pitaka of the Sarvastivada under the Kashmirian Buddhayasa, as well as the four Vedas, five sciences, Brahmanical sacred texts, astronomy.

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09 March

Naropa

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Naropa

Indian Buddhist Mahasiddha, Naropa was the disciple of Tilopa, and brother of Niguma. But some text confirms that Naropa was partner and pupil of Niguma. Regarding the name of Naropa, Scholar John Newman mentions, the Tibetans gave Naro's name as Naropa, Naropanchen, Narotapa, and so forth.

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04 March

Astamangala in Buddhism

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Astamangala in Buddhism

Astamangala is a sacred collection of Eight Auspicious Signs or Symbols which are valued in different religions. These symbolic attributes not only point to the qualities of enlightened mind stream but they are also the investiture that ornaments these enlightened qualities.

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07 February

Kaundinya

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Kaundinya and his colleagues

Kaundinya was a Buddhist monk and was one of the first five arhats who received the discourse from Buddha. He lived during the 6th century BCE in ancient India, now Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, India. Kaundinya is also popularly known as Ajnatakaundinya. Kaundinya was a brahmin who was appointed as a royal court scholar of King Suddhodana of the Sakyas in Kapilavastu. He was the one who predicted the future of the Siddhartha Gautam as an enlightened Buddha and vowed to become his disciple.

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02 February

Angulimala

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angulimala

Angulimala is known as a ruthless serial killer who wears a necklace/ garland of fingers of those who he killed. Later, he was redeemed by a sincere conversion to Buddhism through the conversation with the Buddha. He is mostly mentioned in Theravada Sutra.

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08 January

Buddhist deity: Palden Lhamo

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buddhist deity palden lhamo

The Buddhist deity, Palden Lhamo is also written and known as Pandan Lhamo, Magzor Gyalmo or Remati. The deity is very protective towards Dharmapala of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. She is considered as the deity of Tibet and Mongolia as she is wrathful and principal protectress of Tibet.

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03 January

Buddhist Deity: Skanda

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Buddhist deity: Skanda

Buddhist Deity, Skanda is also known as Wei Tuo who is regarded as a devoted guardian of Buddhist monasteries. He is Mahayana Bodhisattva who guards the teachings of Buddha. In Chinese tradition, he is referred as Hufa Weituo Zuntian Pusa, which means Honored Dharma Protector Skanda Bodhisattva.

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28 December

Buddhist Deity: Kshitigarbha

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Buddhist Deity Kshitigarbha

Ksitigarbha is regarded as bodhisattva which is usually depicted as a Buddhist monk. Ksitigarbha is better known for his vows, first one is to take responsibility for the instruction of all beings in the six worlds between the death of Gautama Buddha and the rise of Maitreya Buddha, and the second one is not to achieve Buddhahood until all hells are emptied. Therefore, he is regarded as the bodhisattva of hell-beings.

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24 December

The Buddhist Temple of Thailand: Wat Arun

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Wat Arun Buddhist temple in Thailand

The Buddhist Temple of Thailand, Wat Arun's complete name is Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan which is situated in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. Thailand's landmarks since the first light of the morning reflect off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence. Therefore, the Buddhist temple Wat Arun is also popularly known as Temple of Dawn.

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24 November

Thai festival: Royal Ploughing Ceremony

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Royal Ploughing Ceremony

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is also popularly known as the Ploughing festival. This festival is an ancient royal ritual which is held to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season. In Thai, this festival is better known as Raek Na Khwan for Hindus and while Buddhist celebrates it as Phuetcha Mongkhon which literally means "prosperity for plantation". Since there were different rituals for Hindus and Buddhist of Thailand for the similar purpose, King Mongkut combined both the Buddhist and Hindu ceremonies into a single royal ceremony which is popularly known as Phra Ratcha Phiti phuetcha Mongkhon Charot Phra Nangkhan Raek Na Khwan.

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21 November

Thai New Year festival: Songkran

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Songkran

Songkran is the Thai New Year festival which lies in 13th of April every year. The word Songkran comes from the Sanskrit word samkranti which means transformation or change.

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13 November

Thai Buddhist Marriage

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lights at thai wedding ceremony

One of the notable Thai Buddhist cultures is marriage. Generally, Thai Buddhist marriage ceremonies are divided into two parts: a Buddhist component and non-Buddhist component. Buddhist component comprises of recitation of prayers; the offering of food and gifts to venerated monks and Thai Buddha statues while non-Buddhist components are rooted in their traditions.

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10 November

Thai Buddhist Culture and Customs

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thai buddhist culture

With the religion, Thai people have also carved their own lifestyle and customs which began to disappear with the influence of western countries in the 20th century. Therefore, with the objective to preserve Thai Buddhist culture and traditions, Phya Anuman Rajadhon, a remarkable scholar of Thailand began to collect and describe the Thai traditional customs and the folklore of Thai people.

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30 October

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan

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Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan

Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan is the main Buddhist pilgrimage site in Southern Thailand. The assigned name is derived from Pali Language. The translation in Pali Language is Vara Maha Dhatu Bara Maha Vihara, which literally means "Great Noble Temple of the Great Noble Relics Stupa". The other name for this Buddhist temple is Phra Borommathat Chedi.

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24 October

Wat Pho Temple

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reclining Buddha statue

Wat Pho Temple is considered as the first class Buddhist temple complex located in Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok, Thailand. The temple is also popularly known as the temple of the Reclining Buddha as the temple houses huge 46 m long statue of reclining Buddha. Along with the reclining Buddha statues, this complex houses largest collection of Buddha Statues in Thailand.

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23 October

7 Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Bangkok, Thailand

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Budddhist pilgrimage site in Bangkok Thailand

Bangkok houses oldest and famous Buddhist pilgrimage sites till date. The historic Grand Palace and Buddhist temples including Wat Arun and Wat Pho stand in contrast with other tourist attractions. Therefore the people visit these places to enjoy the beauty of the ancient style of architecture and at the same time to realize the teachings of Buddha. Apart from these temples, there are also other Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Bangkok, Thailand.

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10 October

Monastery of the Great Relic: Wat Maha That, Ayutthaya

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Wat MahaThat Ayutthaya

Wat Maha That is located on the city island in the central part of old Ayutthaya, between Chi Kun Road and Naresuan Road in Tha Wasukri sub-district. Wat Maha That is also called the Monastery of the Great Relic. In the ancient times, the temple was surrounded by canals and moats which now only remains- ruins and remains, due to decline and conflict with Burma.

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09 October

Sukhothai Historical Park

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Sukhothai historical park

Originally, Sukhothai historical park was the Sukhothai city, the capital of Sukhothai Kingdom that ruled Thailand in the 13th and 14th centuries. The location of Sukhothai is near to the modern city of Sukhothai, the capital city of Sukhothai province. The literal meaning of Sukhothai is "Dawn of Happiness". The region clearly justifies the name given to it because from this time onwards Buddhist cultures were flourished. The Buddhist art was localized and spread out nearby places. One of the localized Buddhist art was the walking Buddha statue which is very famous in the present context.

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