An Introduction to Arakan

An Introduction to Arakan

Arakan background history and styles First, I’d like to voice my deep gratitude to the late Dr. Pamela Gutman, a Southeast Asia – Burma scholar who worked with and was a student of GH Luce. This book is currently the leading scholarship of this area. I also have...
The Mahamuni Story

The Mahamuni Story

Mahamuni or “Great Sage” image is described as being one of the 5 Buddha images in existence to be cast in Gotama Buddha’s time, stated by legend to be his exact likeness down to his size. It was and still is a very important Buddha image, in fact one of the...
Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandhu, Nepal

Boudhanath Stupa, Kathmandhu, Nepal

This ancient Great Boudhnath Stupa is a major pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhists and Nepalis, and continues to be one of the most important places in Nepal. In 1979, Boudha became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are at least 29 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries...
Angkor Wat Photos from 2001 Trip

Angkor Wat Photos from 2001 Trip

Recently I re-scanned all of the 35mm photos I took during our trip to Angkor Wat to pretty good image quality tifs. From these, I was able to do good-enough post processing on them to make them look better than they’ve ever looked. Here they are. I orignally...
Angkor Wat Painting – Monks

Angkor Wat Painting – Monks

My partner and I visited Angkor Wat in November of 2001. We followed Dawn Rooney’s book for six days, visiting numerous wats. We’d go out with a driver early in the morning and come back for lunch, relax for a couple of hours and then head back out later...
Swoyambunath Stupa, Nepal

Swoyambunath Stupa, Nepal

In October, 2008, my partner and I spent a week in the Kathmandu Valley. We stayed at the Hyatt overlooking the Boudnath Temple, more correctly spelled Boudhanath stupa, although you’ll find it both ways. I’ll do another post on Boudhanath, this post is to write about...
Naga and the Buddha

Naga and the Buddha

Nagas are everywhere in Buddhist art and architecture. In order to visit Angkor Thom in Cambodia, you need to walk across a bridge adorned on either side with the Naga balistrade. Here the Naga provides protection from the moat and linkage between heaven and earth....
Sukhothai, 15th century Buddha Image

Sukhothai, 15th century Buddha Image

In late 2005, during a trip to Bangkok, we visited the Prasart Museum on the outskirts of the city. This continually expanding museum is the realization of Prasart Vongsakul. His lifelong love of Thai antiquities matched with his years of being a successful...
Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka

Temple of the Sacred Tooth, Kandy, Sri Lanka

  Sri Dalada Maligawa Temple of the Sacred Tooth is the holiest Buddhist site in Sri Lanka. The temple is located within the old Palace complex. When we visited, we needed to go through a rigorous security checkpoint due to the bombing by the Tamil Tigers on January...
Sigiriya Lion Rock, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Lion Rock, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Lion Rock rises 360 meters above sea level. While it is not a Buddhist pilgrimage site, it is very important historically and archaeologically and is one of the UNESCO Cultural Triangle sites. As described later in this post, it was also home during separate...