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The Tripitaka Koreana meets Colour Therapy

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN , March 9, 2015

Seoul, South Korea -- Like birthday cakes, and juice boxes, colouring books aren’t just for kids anymore. In fact, publishers have lately been launching coloring books specifically for adults as it turns out colouring can be beneficial for adults -- namely for its de-stressing power.


South Korea's Rapping Nuns Lay It Down At Buddhist Prayer Competition

By Antonia Blumberg, The Huffington PostJul 18, 2014

Seoul, South Korea -- In case you needed any more reason to believe that nuns are the coolest people (and this, this and this didn't convince you) then look no further. South Korea has some amazing Buddhist nuns ready to win your heart -- and they can rap like no one's business.


Buddhist scriptures festival draws over 80,000 visitors

Yonhap News, Sept 30, 2013

CHANGWON, South Korea -- South Korea's only Buddhist cultural festival themed on "Tripitaka Koreana" has attracted more than 80,000 visitors in the first three days of opening this year, the event's organizers said Monday.


International forum on ancient Buddhist texts due in Seoul

Yonhap News, Aug 29, 2013

SEOUL, South Korea -- An international conference will be held next week in Seoul to discuss and promote the historic value of the Tripitaka Koreana, one of the world's oldest Buddhist scriptures, organizers said Thursday.


Buddhist painting of Joseon returns home from Japan

Donga.com, May 28, 2013

Seoul, South Korea -- The Buddhist scripture Beophwagyeong (the Sutra of the Lotus) said, "The path toward Buddha is open to everyone." To spread this lesson, Buddha must have wandered around the world accompanied by Buddhist saints and his disciples. A Buddhist painting from the Joseon Dynasty that was kept overseas has returned home in about 420 years.


Buddhist art through the Chinese dynasties

by Lucien de Guise, New Straits Times, May 26, 2013

AS China’s new premier trots the globe, or at least India, it is an opportune moment to look at the other cultural phenomena that the Middle Kingdom has unleashed upon the world.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -- For many decades of the late 20th Century, it was tomb figures. Whether they were horses, camels or courtesans, these earthenware mouldings showed what China had to offer in three dimensions for viewers who couldn’t feel a connection with a ceramic bowl or a bronze altar accessory.


Buddhist leaders use technology to reach masses

Yonhap News, April 29, 2013

Seoul, South Korea -- Yes, South Korea is the most wired country in the world, but the preconceived stereotypes of Buddhist monks living in ascetic, rustic conditions nevertheless do not blend well with smartphones.


Buddhist books top best sellers in Korea

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, Feb 25, 2013

Seoul, South Korea -- Ven. Haemin’s book has been the top-seller in Korea for over one year selling over 2 million copies.


South Korea ‘temple cuisine’ feeds body and soul

AFP, Feb 3, 2013

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea -- A centuries-old tradition of Buddhist cuisine, with strict bars on foods linked to lust or anger, is enjoying a revival in South Korea, one of Asia's most high-stress societies.


14th century Goryeo Buddhist painting found in Rome

by Emi Hailey Hayakawa, BTN, Jan 24, 2013

Rome, Italy -- The National Museum of Korea recently found “Buddha Amitabha,” a 14th century Goryeo Buddhist painting in Rome, Italy during a research on the collection of the National Museum of Oriental Art.


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