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Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst
Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst

The largest collection of original antique Buddha statues.

Own import from Burma

03 June

Shalban Vihara

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Shalban Vihara

Shalban Vihara, Buddhist pilgrimage site is located in Mainamati Cumilla, Bangladesh. It is recorded that the ruins of 7th century Paharpur-style Buddhist Vihara are scattered in the middle of the Lalmai hills ridge. The monastery used to house number of Buddhist monks in the 100 cells which were operated through the 12th century.

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01 June

Patacara

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Patacara

As described in Pali Canon, Patacara was a notable female figure in Buddhism who lived during the 6th century BCE in present day Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in India. She was the foremost exponent of the Vinaya, the rules of monastic discipline. In various Buddhist texts, the life history and struggle of childbirth and loss has been attributed to Patacara but some of the texts mention to be of Kisa Gotami.

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30 May

Mount Emei

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Mount Emei is one of the four sacred mountain located at the western rim of the Sichuan Basin, China. Mt Emei is the highest peak among the other four sacred mountains measuring 3,099 meters. Administratively, Mt. Emei is located near the country-level city of the same name, Emeishan City. This mountain was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

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23 May

Khema and Uppalavanna

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Khema and Uppalavanna

During the regular meet up with the Buddha, Ananda asked him respectfully regarding the women's capability of realizing the various stages of sainthood as nuns. In reply, the Buddha confirms the realization. Without wasting the time, Ananda asked if that's the case then will the women have any chance to be ordained as nuns. The Buddha replied if the women accept and practice the Eight Garudhammas, then they are already ordained as the nun. Hence, the first female bhikkhuni to accept and practice the Eight Garudhammas was Mahapajapati Gotami. She became fully ordained Bhikkhuni. Other women also followed the path of Mahapajapati Gotami and became the nun. Khema Their and Uppalavanna Their also got the opportunity to become the bhikkhuni. In due course of time, they became the chief female disciple of the Buddha.

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22 May

Bhikkhuni

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Bhikkhuni

Bhikkhuni is a Pali word which means fully ordained female monastic in Buddhism. In Sanskrit, it is written as bhiksuni. The counterpart of Bhikkhuni is called as bhikkhus. Both of them live by the set of rules known as Vinaya.

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18 May

Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery

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Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery California

Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery is a Theravadin Buddhist monastery of the Thai Forest Tradition located in Redwood Valley, California.

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13 May

Mount Putuo

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Mount Putuo

Mount Putuo is a sacred Buddhist site at the island southeast of Shanghai, in Zhoushan prefecture of Zhejiang province, China. As per Chinese Buddhism, Mount Putuo is also one of the four sacred mountains. The other mountains are Mount Wutai, Mount Jiuhua, and Mount Emei.

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11 May

Mount Wutai

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Mount Wutai is a sacred Buddhist site at Qingshui in Shanxi Province, China. The other names for this mountain are Wutaishan and Mount Qingliang. Also, the central area is surrounded by a cluster of flat-topped peaks corresponding to the cardinal directions.

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10 May

Mount Kailash

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Mount Kailash

The word Kailasa came from the Sanskrit language. It is believed that it could have been derived from the word Kelasa, meaning crystal from the same script. The Tibetan name for the mountain is Gangs Rin Po Che. Here, the word Gangs means snow peak similar to alp or hima and the word Rin Po Che means precious one, hence, the word Gangs Rin Po Che means precious jewel of snows.

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02 May

Kukai: Japanese Buddhist Monk

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Kukai: Japanese Buddhist Monk

Kukai, a Japanese Buddhist monk also known as Kobo Daishi was born in 774. He was also a civil servant, scholar, poet and artist who founded the Shingon school of Buddhism. He was also referred to the title Odaishisama and religious name, Henjo-Kongo.

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03 April

Luang Pu Sodh Candasaro

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Luang Pu Sodh Candasaro

Luang Pu Sodh Candasaro was the abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen who was popularly known as Phramongkolthepmuni and also Luang Pu Wat Paknam. His childhood name was Sodh Mikaewnoi and was born on 10th October 1884. He founded the Thai Dhammakaya meditation school in the early 20th century.

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30 March

Chah Subhaddo

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Chah Subhaddo

Chah Subhaddo was an influential teacher of the Buddhadhamma and a founder of two major monasteries in the Thai Forest Tradition. He was one of the important figures for establishing Theravada Buddhism in the West. The spread of Buddhism was initiated along with the establishment of Cittaviveka, also known as Chithurst Buddhist Monastery in the United Kingdom in 1979. Hence after the Buddhism has spread throughout Europe, the United States, and the British Commonwealth.

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28 March

Bhikkhu Buddhadasa

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Bhikkhy Buddhadasa

Buddhadasa Bhikkhu was a famous and influential philosopher of the 20th century. Buddhadasa is popularly known for his reformation in conventional religious perceptions in his home country, Thailand as well as abroad. He was also known as Phra Dharmakosacarya and Nguam Indapanno.

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14 March

An Shigao

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An Shigao

Legend suggests, An Shigao was a prince of Parthia and was also known as Parthian Marquess. He later renounced the royal throne of Parthia with the motive to serve in the Buddha's path. He serves as a Buddhist missionary monk in China.

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08 March

Dignaga

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Dignaga

Dignaga was the early 6th century Indian Buddhist Monk and was also the founder of Indian logic, Hetu Vidya. He was born in Simhavakta near Kanchipuram. There is very little information regarding his early years. The only information known about his early life is after he was expelled from the Pudgalavada school, he became a student of Vasubandhu. Before that, he was the student of Nagadatta.

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02 March

Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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Polonnaruwa Vatadage

The Polonnaruwa Vatadge is an ancient structure located in a quadrangular area, Dalada Maluva in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka. The Vatadage occupies most of the southwestern area of Dalada Maluva and is the prominent structure among other oldest and most sacred monuments of the city. The Vatadge has a similar design with that of the structures belonging to the Anuradhapura period, especially Thuparamaya and Lankaramaya.

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27 February

Yongjusa Temple

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Youngjusa Temple

Yongjusa temple is the head temple of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. This temple is located in on the slopes of Hwasan in Taen-eup, Hwaseong, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Literally, the word, Yongjusa means dragon jewel temple.

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22 February

Sewu Temple

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Sewu Temple

Sewu temple is an eighth-century Mahayana Buddhist temple complex located on the northern side of Prambanan in Central Java, Indonesia. This Buddhist temple which is also regarded as second largest Buddhist temple complex is also known as Candi Sewu since Indonesian address temple as Candi and also Loro Jonggrang. Although the temple complex consists of 249 temples, this Javanese name translates to "a thousand temples" which is originated from popular local folklore.

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20 February

Lingyin Temple

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Lingyin Temple

Lingyin Temple is a Buddhist temple located at north-west of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. This Buddhist temple is one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China and contains numerous pagodas and Buddhist grottoes.

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18 February

Four Gates Pagoda

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Four Gates Pagoda

The Four Gates Pagoda is a stone Chinese pagoda erected in a Sui dynasty. It is believed that the pagoda is the oldest remaining pavilion-style stone pagoda in China. The pagoda is located at the foot of Qinglong Mountain, near Liubu Village, in Licheng District.

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15 February

White Horse Temple

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white horse temple

White Horse Temple is the first Buddhist Temple in China which was established in 68 CE. Even though the temple is small in comparison to other Buddhist temple in China, the temple is considered to be the cradle of Chinese Buddhism.

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12 February

Yonghe Temple

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Yonghe Temple

Yonghe Temple is most popularly known as the Yonghe Lamasery which translates, Palace of Peace and Harmony in English. It is also known as Lama Temple. For a brief introduction, the Yonghe temple is a temple and monastery regulated under the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism.

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06 February

Aluvihare Rock Temple

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Aluvihare Rock Temple

Aluvihare Rock Temple is also popularly known as Matale Alu Viharaya which is located in Aluvihare, Matale District of Sri Lanka. This sacred Buddhist temple is situated 30 km north of Kandy on the Matale-Dambulla road. The construction of Aluvihare Rock Temple can be traced back to the 3rd Century BC to the reign of King Devanampiyatissa.

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