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From the beginning of the 13th century until the Meiji Restoration, an interesting order of Zen Buddhist pilgrim monks roamed in Japan: komusō 「虚無僧」, the “emptiness monks". Komusō represented the Fuke Zen Buddhist School, a branch of Buddhism originating from China. Their unusual and distinctive feature, the straw basket worn on the head, symbolized the “absence of ego".
Thich Nhat Hanh-My teacher-There is a misconception that Buddhism is a religion and that you worship Buddha. Buddhism is a practice, like yoga, you can be a Christian and practice Buddhism. I met a Catholic Priest who lives in a Buddhist monastery in France. He told me that Buddhism makes him a better Christian. I love that...
Buddha Preaching the First Sermon at Sarnath, 11th century. India (Bihar, probably Nalanda). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1920 (20.43) | This Buddha from Nalanda could well have been housed in a temple. As early images typically were attached to relic structures this idea of venerating an independent image of the Buddha reflects a shift in practice that was especially important for the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. #Buddhism
Watch this BBC documentary – a vibrant and colourful look at how the Ganges shaped the wildlife, culture and beliefs of India. The Ganges River, rising from the pure glacial meltwaters of the Himalayas, flows down onto India’s Northern Plain, through frenetic cities to the teeming delta where the river meets the sea. A fantastic documentary with breathtaking imagery and an excellent narration.