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Why does the Buddha appear androgynous in some depictions?

This is a feminine depiction even in Asian culture. I asked some Thai colleagues why some Buddha images look very feminine and I loved the answer. They said Buddhism negates duality. So the Buddha ...
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Buddhist architecture - Stupa/Chorten

What is shown is A STUPA, usually housing the cremated remains or possessions that are considered sacred. In Sri Lanka we call it “The dagaba” (from Sanskrit dhatu- element, component, or relic + ...
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What are the karmic consequences of writing horror / fantasy fiction?

You reap what you sow. If your motivations was to frighten people Karmic consequence might be to be the author gets frightened also. If your motive is profit as expence of reader getting deluded, ...
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Buddha statue of European/white likeness?

My impression is the original Buddha statues were of Greek origin. Try google 'Greco-Buddhist art'. The original Indian Buddhist art (below) did not depict a 'personal form' but usually showed a ...
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Body feels like crying

Welcome to the site. There are (many) people on this site who have practised meditation themselves, but perhaps there's no-one who is very experienced as a teacher of meditation? It seems to me that ...
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Body feels like crying

You can start with a smile, when you wake up in the morning each day, be grateful that you are alive and just think to yourself "I will make this a joyful and pleasant day". Start today. And ...
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Why is an emaciated Buddha rarely represented in art?

The fat, bald, laughing"buddha" is a chinese monk named Ho Tai (or Mi Lo Fa) .
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Why is an emaciated Buddha rarely represented in art?

Because people often wish to deny that starvation and illness exist. Even Buddhists find these facts challenging
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Buddha statue of European/white likeness?

Just to add to the above, it is unknown what the historical Buddha looked like, and it is a matter of debate if he was, indeed, one particular person. There are conjectures based on the Suttas and so ...
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Is there poetry in Pali, and where can I read it, in translation and in original?

If you googled for Pali poetry, the first result is this page. There are at least 35 Pali poems on that page. Andrew Olendzki extracted these Pali poems from the Pali Canon and translated them, as he ...
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Need to know more about this art

This is most likely a Tibetan Thanka which depicts 3 "levels". Based on the depictions, it's probably Vajrayana, specifically Gelug-pa, lit. "yellow hats" - this is the Tibetan Buddhist branch to ...
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Can an art career distract from the Buddhist path?

I think any career which allows one to practice the five precepts, Right Livelihood, Right Speech and Right Action (which includes the five precepts) without any obstruction, is a career that is ...
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Where are the main collections of digitized Buddhist art online?

You can try the U.S. government's Library of Congress. For e.g. you can download a 16MB JPEG file of the Gandhara Scroll or 2MB sized JPEG of South Korean Buddhist Rock Carvings.
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About the Buddha tasting vinegar

Well, it is a caricature. And as any caricature it simplifies things while exaggerating and making fun of quite obvious aspects. The substance they taste is not necessarily vinegar, it is the wine of ...
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What is spiritual aspect of art in Buddhism?

Art is usually either devotional (as in Buddha/Bodhisattva images), protective (as in dharanis or sutras set to music, if you include musical arts), or meditational (as in Enso or sand mandalas). ...
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What is spiritual aspect of art in Buddhism?

It's an interesting question and I don't know an answer from a Buddhist source. One insight may be that, I read that an fMRI of someone concentrating on a task (including a task like "art", ...
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About the Buddha tasting vinegar

That's a questionable interpretation. The expressions aren't about the taste of the vinegar itself, but about the experience of that taste: Confucius looks sour because (in his view) we are obliged ...
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Does depicting Jesus as an Arahant show that Buddhism is inclusive and compassionate?

One of the five precepts is undertaking the training to abstain from incorrect speech, which includes abstaining from speaking untruth. From Iti 25: This was said by the Blessed One, said by the ...
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Buddhist architecture - Stupa/Chorten

There are different types of Stupas Relic stupa, in which the relics or remains of the Buddha, his disciples, and lay saints are interred. Object stupa, in which the items interred are objects ...
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Ancient Indian sites, where Jataka stories are illustrated through sculpture and painting?

There's The Illustrated Jataka & Other Stories of the Buddha Some are also covered in this documentary A simple comprehensive list can be found here
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Possible to attain happiness without support, through art?

Working on your hobbies, advancing your career, developing a family, nurturing a child, going on vacations, increasing your wealth, raising your status in the world, attaining fame in society etc. ...
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What is the significance of Reclining Buddha Statue in Laos compared to other countries in Asia?

This is a depiction of the Buddha in his last moments of life, just before he achieved parinibbana (nirvana-after-death). There are 32 signs of a great man and 80 secondary signs (all of which the ...
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Buddha statue of European/white likeness?

You're welcome. He also said his skin was like gold. This too is up for interpretation. But with support from other sutta, i believe the idea of beatiful skin tone at the time was not too white ...
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Body feels like crying

You might find somatic (in the body/sensations) meditation helpful since you have the feeling of grief so strongly in the body. This form of meditation deals directly with the sensations in the body ...
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Body feels like crying

Body feels like crying is good. This means your body-heart connection is not numb, you feel things. This is good, people spend years breaking through the barrier. Several things you can try are: (not ...
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Buddhist view on Art and being an Artist

The nature of Mind is infinitely creative. Why would "small mind" (i.e. individual mind) be anything other than creative at its source. Making what human beings call "art" can be ...
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Buddhist view on Art and being an Artist

I can see that there is a lot of us struggling too much in confusion when pracising mindfulness with regards to buddhism and also to relate our earning in accordance to buddhist practises ,Crab bucket ...
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