Entries for month: December 2013

Gandavyuha Sutra: List of Teachers - Added

December 31, 2013 ·

A List of Teachers from the Gandavyuha Sutra have been added to the HAR site. These individuals are the fifty-three teachers that the boy Sudhana met on his journey to enlightenment after being encouraged by the bodhisattva Manjushri. A highlight of the narrative is when Sudhana encounters the Palace of Vairochana appearing to house an infnite number of Buddhas and complete Buddhafields, after which, Sudhana then meets the future Buddha Maitreya.

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White Jambhala Masterworks - Added

December 29, 2013 ·

A White Jambhala Masterworks Page has been added to the Masterworks Main Page.

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Tangtong Gyalpo Masterworks - Added

December 29, 2013 ·

A Tangtong Gyalpo Masterworks Page, including both painting and sculpture, has been added to the Masterworks Main Page.

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Nartang Gyatsa Deities According to Function - Added

December 28, 2013 ·

A page listing the Nartang Gyatsa Compendium of Deities according to function and activity has been added. The broad categories are: Auspicious & Peaceful Activities, Long-life & the Removal of Sickness & Disease, Wisdom Producing Activities, Wealth Producing Activities, Peaceful & Semi-wrathful Obstacle Removing, and Wrathful Activities.

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Nartang Gyatsa Iconography Compendium - Updated

December 28, 2013 ·

The Nartang Gyatsa, a compendium of iconographic deity forms, compiled by Chim Namkha Drag (1210-1285), has been updated with additional cataloguing.

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Pratisara of the Vajrapanjara Tantra - Added

December 28, 2013 ·

A new main page has been added for the female deity Pratisara according to the Vajrapanjara Tantra.

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A Set of Medical Paintings - Added

December 21, 2013 ·

This is a rare and complete copy of the Blue Beryl Medical Paintings commissioned in the 17th century by the 3rd Desi, Sanggye Gyatso (1653-1705). The copy of the set is relatively new, commissioned in the early 1990s, and painted in Lhasa, Tibet. The set stands as a close to true facsimile being based on the almost complete remaining set, housed in Lhasa, believed to have been originally commissioned by Sanggye Gyatso.

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Revisiting and remembering the lost sculptures of Kathmandu

December 13, 2013 ·

13.12.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu Art exhibition “Revisiting and remembering the lost sculptures of the Kathmandu Valley” Joy Lynn Davis 15-21 December 2013, Patan Museum, Lalitpur

Since the 1960s, thousands of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures have disappeared from Nepal’s public temples, shrines, courtyards, fountains, and fields. Prior to the thefts, they were actively worshipped by their communities as living deities. This exhibition documents community response to the theft of stone sculptures from the Kathmandu Valley. Paintings, interviews, and photographic documentation, weave together narratives of Kathmandu’s sacred spaces, exploring how people respond when religious art objects—that exist, not as commodities, but as vital living community participants—are physically removed.

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Three Parts to a Figurative Sculpture - Added

December 05, 2013 ·

There are generally three distinct component parts to a figurative sculpture: figure, base and back (torana). The first is the figure itself. Almost all of the figures in Himalayan style art can be easily categorized into the Eleven Figurative Forms. There will of course  always be exceptions.

The second part of a sculpture is the base with four general types: throne, lotus, with legs and rock outcropping.

The third part of a sculpture is the back (torana). Backs of sculpture are understood through the three periods of time beginning with early, middle and late torana designs.  This is also the only part of the three sculptural components which is not always required or necessary.

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Sculpture: Tree Configuration of Figures - Added

December 05, 2013 ·

The Tree Configuration of Figures in Himalayan style sculptural art is a development over time that makes use of the late 1st millennium elongated lotus stem and seat originally accommodating a single figure. Several good examples that depict this are a Tara in stone, an Amoghapasha and a Vairochana Buddha. Another variation on this elongated flower blossom is the Lotus Mandala with the longest stem of all and a completely enclosing articulated lotus flower.