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Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst
Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst

The largest collection of original antique Buddha statues.

Own import from Burma

17 April

Abhidharma - Third Baskets of Tipitaka

By Gaurav Manandhar at

Abhidharma - Third Baskets of Tipitaka
"Abhidharma is some of the most important Buddhist texts which dated back to the ancient time that came to exist around 3rd BCE. Abhidharma is also known as Abhidhamma in Pali."

The existence of Abhidharma can be found during the lifetime of Buddha. According to Buddhist tradition, Abhidharma came to exist after four weeks of Enlightenment. It is also mentioned that the Abhidharma can be considered as the earliest scripture that mentioned his thoughts. Seven years after attaining Enlightenment, Gautama Buddha preached about Abhidharma-Pitaka for about three months to Devas in the God realms (Deva Realms) which is one of the higher realms of six realms of the cycle of Life. It is also mentioned that he talked about Abhidharma to Sariputra, one of the chief disciples of Lord Buddha.

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10 April

Meditation in Buddhism

By Gaurav Manandhar at

meditation in buddhism
"Meditation is a medium to help people to separate themselves from their thoughts and feelings."

Meditation is a practice, which people practice so that they train their minds or to enter the mode of consciousness and is designed for various purposes like building internal energy, keeping mind calm, develop compassion, enhance the feeling of relaxation, patience, forgiveness, and generosity. Meditation is also used so that people can understand and analyze the state of their mind such anger, hatred, forgiveness etc.

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03 April

Six Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism

By Gaurav Manandhar at

Six Paramitas of Mahayana Buddhism
Paramitas is generally translated as perfection or completeness.

Paramitas is generally translated as “perfection or completeness”. In Buddhism, there are certain virtues such as purification of karma and helping sentient beings while trying to attain the final goal of Buddhism, Enlightenment. The perfection of these virtues can be known as Paramitas of Buddhism. According to Buddhist texts and scriptures, Mahayana Buddhism has developed six paramitas or perfections while Theravada Buddhism has developed ten paramitas or perfections.

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09 January

Nirvana

By Gaurav Manandhar at

reclining buddha statue nirvana
" Nirvana literally means blown out as in candle. The word nirvana holds different meanings in different religion. Nirvana is also known as Enlightenment."

Nirvana is basically associated with Buddhism. In Sanskrit Nirvana is also pronounced as “nibbana”. Nirvana is a place of happiness and peace such as heaven. In Buddhism, nirvana is the highest state someone can attain. It means the desires and suffering of an individual will go away. According to Buddhist tradition, Gautama Buddha attained “Nirvana” after six years of rigorous practices and meditation under the tree of Bodi Tree.

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18 August

Buy Buddha statues for yourself

By Nischhal Pradhan at

buy buddha statues
"Choosing and buying the perfect Buddha statue for you or your loved ones is definitely not the easiest of the tasks. Buddha statues carry significant amount of religious as well as spiritual importance for the followers of Buddhism, or Buddhists; as they are called."

Buying Buddha statues for you can be of a big achievement, specially the antique and rare Buddha statues if you are an art lover or personal antiques collector. The antique Buddha statues are rare given that the antique statues carry a whole lot of meaning with them along with the history they carry with them. These special statues have been gems of the collection for many antiques collectors around the globe. At the same time, if your friends or your loved ones are followers and enthusiasts of Buddhism and meditation, gifting them these statues of Buddha would be a great option as gifting the Buddha statues will strengthen your relationship with them. So where can you buy these Buddha statues for yourself or your loved ones?

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29 July

Buddha statues in East and West

By Gaurav Manandhar at

Buddha statues in East and West
"Different perceptions of Buddha statues in different cultures of the world i.e eastern and western culture"

The fact that Buddhism has been slowly finding its way to new regions and countries in the west despite of the fact that the religion was founded by the spiritual leader named the Buddha 2500 years ago in India, is not a surprise at all. The religion is based upon the teachings and Buddhist principles. The religion had slowly spread from India to various countries in the east like Burma, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos and others after Emperor Ashoka's trade relations flourished in the region.

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29 June

The truth that makes us noble

By Nischhal Pradhan at

The truth that makes us noble
"The four noble truths are not true for everyone for the ones who are aware of the truth are not exactly the noble ones."

The main term in the phrase is "noble". The original Sanskrit term "Arya" used by the inhabitants of north India to distinguish themselves from the other inhabitants of the region. This term was then reinterpreted by the Buddha which means "noble" or "superior", into a spiritual meaning which refers to those with an insight into the reality and having a broader sense of life to that of ordinary people.

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18 June

Buddha: A God or A Human?

By Nischhal Pradhan at

Buddha: A God or A Human
Buddha: A God or A Human?

Buddhism, in the western part of the world is known as the "atheistic religion" as compared to the religions such as Judaism, Christian and Islam as Buddhism does not take or recognize a single deity or creator. On contradiction, Buddhism does not believe in a deity-less culture but it has not one but many gods or deities.

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14 May

Buddha Purnima - The most important and sacred day for the followers of Buddhism

By Nischhal Pradhan at

buddha jayanti
"An important festival in the Buddhist calendar."

Buddha Purnima or Sambuddhatva jayanthi or Buddha Jayanti festival is the most important and sacred day for the followers of Buddhism. The most important festival in the Buddhist calendar, Buddha Purnima is celebrated and observed by millions of Buddhist followers across the globe with equally great enthusiasm. Although every full moon is sacred for the Buddhist followers, the full moon of the month of Baishakh (April-May) has a special meaning as on this special day, the Buddha was born as a prince, attained enlightenment and also attained Parinirvana. This is also a reason for the Buddha Purnima to have a great significance for the Buddhists.

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29 April

Buddha and Buddhism

By Gaurav Manandhar at

buddha and buddhism
"Buddhism has been followed from ages around the globe unanimously by a large number of people"

Buddhism has been followed from ages around the globe unanimously by a large number of people. Buddhism is an atheistic religion. The devotees do not worship any god. They simply follow the path described by the Lord Buddha. Have their own cultures, beliefs, norms and values. Buddhists follow the deeds and lessons taught by Buddha. It shows its pupil the path of their suffering, thoughts that will eradicate their ignorance and the mercy towards the old and under privileged.

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25 March

Things to do in Lumbini

By Gaurav Manandhar at

lumbini-mayadevi-temple-from-north-lumbini
"the birthplace of the Buddha"

Being the birthplace of the Buddha, Lumbini is certainly one of the most sought after pilgrimage site for the Buddhists around the globe. The birthplace of the Gautama Buddha, Lumbini, is the Mecca of every Buddhist, being one of the four holy places of Buddhism. It is said in the Parinibbana Sutta that Buddha himself identified four places of future pilgrimage: the sites of his birth, enlightenment, first discourse, and death. Also a UNESCO World Heritage site, the place holds immense archeological importance along with the religious importance.

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16 December

The Difference between Shakyamuni Buddha Statue and Laughing Buddha Statue

By Nischhal Pradhan at

sukothai buddha statues
The statue of Laughing Buddha is that of the character Hotei

The statue of Siddhartha Gautama, known as the Buddha or Shakyamuni Buddha, depicts the image of a spiritual leader or the teacher who originated from the northern South Asian region. Born as a prince in a state of Kapilvastu almost 2600 years ago, he left all the earthly belongings he had as a prince and his palace to meditate to find a true meaning of life. After achieving enlightenment following years of meditation, his teachings became the foundation of what we know today as the religion of Buddhism.

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28 November

Top 10 Buddhist Monasteries of the World

By Nischhal Pradhan at

Top 10 Buddhist Monasteries of the World

Buddhism is one of the major religions in the world. With its philosophy founded in northeastern India, the religion is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, known as "the Buddha". Among many important aspects of Buddhism, Monasticism is one of the most fundamental institutions in Buddhism. The residing monks and nuns in the monasteries are more than responsible for preserving and spreading the Buddhist teachings. The monasteries house these monks and nuns as well as educate and guide them so as for them to do so with the other Buddhist followers. Known with many names among the followers of Buddhism depending upon the region, the monasteries are called as Gumba, Gonpa, Viharas, Dzongpa, etc among the followers of various countries. The origins of Buddhist monasteries are thought to have emerged from the practice of Vassa, the retreat undertaken by the Buddhist monks and nuns of South Asian reason during the rainy season. These vassas later developed into Monasteries which turned into centers of learning, and the philosophical principles of Buddhism were developed and discussed. Here is the list of top 10 most famous and unique Buddhist monasteries all over the world.

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