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Zuglakang Monastery (Dàzhāo Sì 大昭寺)|Dàzhāo Sì 大昭寺 (Zuglakang Monastery)

Zuglakang Monastery (Dàzhāo Sì 大昭寺)|Dàzhāo Sì 大昭寺 (Zuglakang Monastery)

Nirmal DASS Tibetan monks at morning prayer. PHOTO BY YIXUAN SHUKE. Zuglakang Monastery in Lhasa is the most sacred Buddhist site in Tibet. It houses a statue of the Buddha said to date from his lifetime (c. 566–486 BCE). Regarded as the most sacred Buddhist site in Tibet, Zuglakang Monastery has been closely linked with the historical development of Lhasa […]

Potala Palace (Bùdálā Gōng 布达拉宫)|Bùdálā Gōng 布达拉宫 (Potala Palace)

Potala Palace (Bùdálā Gōng 布达拉宫)|Bùdálā Gōng 布达拉宫 (Potala Palace)

Michael KOWALEWSKI Distant view of Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet. The palace, now open to tourists, has two thousand rooms, numerous temples and shrines, and the private rooms of the Dalai Lamas. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. Potala Palace, in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, has been the home of Tibet’s Dalai Lamas since 1642. The palace has two thousand rooms. […]

Dunhuang Caves (Dūnhuáng Shíkū 敦煌石窟)|Dūnhuáng Shíkū 敦煌石窟 (Dunhuang Caves)

Catherine PAGANI The Dunhuang Caves include three sites of Buddhist cave shrines located near the desert oasis city of Dunhuang. Decorated with spectacular wall paintings and sculpture, and once the repositories for a treasure trove of Buddhist texts (such as the Diamond Sutra, now in the British Museum), the caves were added to the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites […]

Huayan Buddhism (Huáyán Chánjiào 华严禅教)|Huáyán Chánjiào 华严禅教 (Huayan Buddhism)

Huayan Buddhism (Huáyán Chánjiào 华严禅教)|Huáyán Chánjiào 华严禅教 (Huayan Buddhism)

Nirmal DASS A page from the Flower Garland Sutra, the principle document of Huayan Buddhism. The Huayan school of Chinese Buddhism is part of the Mahayana tradition that examines the metaphysical condition of things. As such, it seeks to explain phenomena as an interpenetration of the universal with the particular, wherein the macrocosm is found contained within the microcosm. The […]

Tiantai (Tiāntái 天台)|Tiāntái 天台 (Tiantai)

Nirmal DASS The first truly Chinese school of Buddhist thought, Tiantai, was founded in the sixth century. With its Chinese perspective on an Indian religion, Tiantai spread through East Asia, establishing itself in Japan and Korea. Geographically, Tiantai refers to a mountain as well as a mountain range in Zhejiang Province; historically, this mountain became home to a school of […]

Guanyin (Guānyīn 关系)|Guānyīn 关系 (Guanyin)

Guanyin (Guānyīn 关系)|Guānyīn 关系 (Guanyin)

Ding-hwa HSIEH Guanyin takes good care of her devotees. Guanyin 觀音, or Guanshiyin 觀世音, is one of the most popular deities worshipped among Chinese Buddhists. During the process of domestication, this Indian male deity was transformed into a female divine savior, characterized by great mercy and compassion (daci dabei 大慈大悲); she is known for her ability to bestow miracles on […]

Cult of Maitreya (Duì Mílèfó de chóngbài 对弥勒佛的崇拜)|Duì Mílèfó de chóngbài 对弥勒佛的崇拜 (Cult of Maitreya)

Cult of Maitreya (Duì Mílèfó de chóngbài 对弥勒佛的崇拜)|Duì Mílèfó de chóngbài 对弥勒佛的崇拜 (Cult of Maitreya)

Richard D. McBRIDE II Maitreya carved into a mountain, Gansu Province. The iconography of Maitreya and his cult have gone through many transformations in Chinese society, from slim and sleek in the Northern Dynasties period to roly-poly in the Song era. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. In early medieval China the cult of Maitreya was an important focus of Buddhist […]

Dalai Lama (Dálài Lǎma 达赖喇嘛)|Dálài Lǎma 达赖喇嘛 (Dalai Lama)

Dalai Lama (Dálài Lǎma 达赖喇嘛)|Dálài Lǎma 达赖喇嘛 (Dalai Lama)

Alex McKAY Tenzin Gyatso (b. 1935), the fourteenth Dalai Lama, is the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibetan Buddhists. The Dalai Lama is the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibetan Buddhists. The present Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the fourteenth in a line of succession. He leads a Tibetan government-in-exile in India and is a spokesman for nonviolence and Buddhist […]

Kumarajiva (Jiūmóluóshí 鸠摩罗什)|Kumarajiva (Jiūmóluóshí 鸠摩罗什)

Kumarajiva (Jiūmóluóshí 鸠摩罗什)|Kumarajiva (Jiūmóluóshí 鸠摩罗什)

Nirmal DASS Kumarajiva translated Budhist texts at the White Horse Temple in Luoyang, China. PHOTO BY FANGHONG. Kumarajiva translated into Chinese about one hundred Mahayana Buddhist texts written in Prakit and Sanskrit. Kumarajiva may be credited with bringing to China the critical texts of Mahayana Buddhism by way of his translation into Chinese of previously unavailable Prakit and Sanskrit works. […]

Tibet (Xizang) Autonomous Region (Xīzàng Zìzhìqū 西藏自治区)|Xīzàng Zìzhìqū 西藏自治区 (Tibet (Xizang) Autonomous Region)

Tibet (Xizang) Autonomous Region (Xīzàng Zìzhìqū 西藏自治区)|Xīzàng Zìzhìqū 西藏自治区 (Tibet (Xizang) Autonomous Region)

Alex McKAY A Tibetan girl in traditional dress stands in a courtyard with intricately painted pillars. Tibet—“the Roof of the World”—is one of China’s five autonomous regions. A distinction is made between “political” Tibet, the area governed by the Lhasa government before 1950, and “ethnic” or “cultural” Tibet, the area inhabited by mainly Buddhist people of Tibetan origin. Tibet has […]