March 6, 2011 |
As I sat on a high ledge of the 734-year-old Mingalarzedi Temple, looking out over the hundreds of ancient temples around Bagan, I wondered how long it would take a visitor to see them all. Archaeologists say there once were about 5,000 temples, but earthquakes, decay and long-ago looters have destroyed more than half of them. Still, that's a lot of temples to explore in this 16-square-mile archaeological treasure trove. We visited Myanmar in February 2010 and, yes, I did feel a twinge of guilt when booking the trip.
November 25, 2013 |
Ancient bricks, tile roofing and wood charcoal discovered beneath a Nepalese pilgrimage site are providing new evidence for the time of Buddha's birth, according to archaeologists. In research published Monday in the journal Antiquity, scholars wrote that the evidence supports a 6th century BC nativity for the Buddha. A precise date of birth remains unknown. Historians have wavered over dates ranging between 623 BC and 340 BC. Much of the confusion has to do with the lack of a written record.
December 26, 1985
With all this hullabaloo in Downey over the Nativity scene site and the creche crusade, I offer the following: If the residents of Downey are so enlightened to sponsor a Christian theme in a democracy, then would they be so gracious if a group of Buddhists tried to erect a statue of Buddha outdoors in the month of May with a sign that read, "Happy Birthday, Buddha"? Downey would probably be up in arms. --GERALD P. LUNDERVILLE Downey
March 19, 2008 |
A newly discovered wood sculpture of a Buddha has sold for $14.3 million, a price the auctioneer calls a world record for any Japanese work of art. Christie's said the seated figure of Dainichi Nyorai, or the supreme Buddha, is attributed to 13th century sculptor Unkei. The work was sold in New York on Tuesday to Mitsukoshi Ltd., one of Japan's major department stores. Christie's said the previous record for a Japanese work of art was $1.76 million for a Rakuchu Rakugai screen, which it sold in 1990.
February 14, 2013 |
Eddie Pepitone, perhaps the funniest stand-up comedian you've never heard of, gets a deserving close-up in the amusing, freewheeling documentary "The Bitter Buddha. " Although the dyspeptic Pepitone, an unmade bed of a guy in his early 50s, has reportedly been at his craft for 30 years, he's yet to turn into the household name that such not-dissimilar comics as George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield and Sam Kinison became. Still, the native New Yorker, now living a busy if largely unglamorous life in L.A., consistently plies his trade in comedy clubs.
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May 26, 1986
Many Los Angeles area Buddhists gathered in and around a temple in the Wilshire District on Sunday to celebrate the 2,530th anniversary of the birth of the man for whom their religion was founded. In the courtyard of the temple, once a three-story apartment building, a saffron-robed monk recited Buddhist scripture at an altar bedecked with flowers, fruit and candlesticks around a picture of the infant Buddha, standing over an open lotus flower.