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Tibet, Shakyamuni seated - vitarka mudra

Very few Tibetan sculptures show Shakyamuni doing the preaching or teaching gesture (vitarka mudra) with his right hand. The dharma wheel printed on the palm of his hand indicates that this is the historical buddha and not Amoghasiddhi, who occasionally does the same mudra. 77 more words

Asian Art

Languages and Magick: Cultural Artefacts and Split Personalities

(The bulk of this post was written three years ago, but got lost in the shuffle. To refamiliarize yourself with my ramblings you can find… 1,070 more words


Tibet, Shakyamuni seated - abhaya mudra

The buddha holds his right hand with the fingers extended, palm outwards, at heart level in the fear-allaying gesture or abhaya mudra. On the first example, the left hand is in the standard meditation or… 37 more words

Asian Art

Ethnic Turquoise Ring - Size 6

Isn’t this a great piece of vintage jewelry?

Four Noble Truths, by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche

Short film (about 6 minutes) on the Four Noble Truths.

The truth of anguish
The truth of the arising of anguish
The truth of the stopping of anguish… 28 more words



I visited Tibet many years ago, and the food wasn’t really something that stood out. I remember a lot of Yak milk and momos, which were their versions of dumplings. 277 more words