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Fine art based on Pali Canon

Postby SamKR » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:40 pm

Is there any website for collection of fine arts based on Pali Canon?
I would love to see fine arts related to the life of the Buddha (and the society during his times) and his teachings.
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Re: Fine art based on Pali Canon

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:12 am

Hi Sam,

Me too! It must be a Nevada thing, as I am interested in that too. We have some of the best collections of fine arts right here in Las Vegas, with the Wynn Collection and others.
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Re: Fine art based on Pali Canon

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:29 am

I'm away from my library right now, so don't have the exact quote, but this is from the Vinaya, quoted n BuddhismAtoZ.com:

Art (kalā) is the use of imagination to beautify things, or to represent ideas and feelings in painting, drawing and sculpture. The Buddha had little to say on the subject of art, but he obviously saw its value because he said monks and nuns could beautify their monasteries by painting them different colours and decorating them with various geometrical and floral designs (Vin.II,117).


Buddhist architecture is also a form of art and like the use of paintings from the life of Buddha can also be seen as a skillful means for attracting interest in the Dhamma.
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Re: Fine art based on Pali Canon

Postby appicchato » Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:51 am

TheDhamma wrote:Buddhist architecture is also a form of art...


Thailand...everywhere in...knocks your socks off... :smile:
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Re: Fine art based on Pali Canon

Postby SamKR » Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:35 am

Art (kalā) is the use of imagination to beautify things, or to represent ideas and feelings in painting, drawing and sculpture. The Buddha had little to say on the subject of art, but he obviously saw its value because he said monks and nuns could beautify their monasteries by painting them different colours and decorating them with various geometrical and floral designs (Vin.II,117).


Thanks for that.
I also feel that art related to Dhamma should not be unwholesome. Just like language (words, scripts) it is also a method of communication. Dhamma Arts have power of generating deep inspiration, saddha and energy, I think.
I am particularly interested in real fine arts of painting related to Buddha and his life, Dhamma, Sangha and also the society and culture at the time of the Buddha.
If there were any website dedicated to such paintings/pictures it would be great.
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Re: Fine art based on Pali Canon

Postby appicchato » Sat Sep 12, 2009 6:40 am

SamKR wrote:If there were any website dedicated to such paintings/pictures it would be great.


There are many...you just have to 'search' them out... :smile:
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Re: Fine art based on Pali Canon

Postby SamKR » Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:58 pm

appicchato wrote:
SamKR wrote:If there were any website dedicated to such paintings/pictures it would be great.


There are many...you just have to 'search' them out... :smile:

Didn't find any what I wanted...
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Re: Fine art based on Pali Canon

Postby appicchato » Sat Sep 12, 2009 9:39 pm

SamKR wrote:Didn't find any what I wanted...


Haven't yet found any you wanted might be another way to look at it...they're there, just depends on the effort you're willing to expend looking...
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Re: Fine art based on Pali Canon

Postby BlackBird » Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:25 pm

SamKR wrote:
appicchato wrote:
SamKR wrote:If there were any website dedicated to such paintings/pictures it would be great.


There are many...you just have to 'search' them out... :smile:

Didn't find any what I wanted...


Dear friend

Have you checked out the link in Bhante's signature?
"For a disciple who has conviction in the Teacher's message & lives to penetrate it, what accords with the Dhamma is this:
'The Blessed One is the Teacher, I am a disciple. He is the one who knows, not I." - MN. 70 Kitagiri Sutta
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Re: Fine art based on Pali Canon

Postby Dmytro » Wed Sep 16, 2009 4:36 am

Hi Sam,

You may find useful the Art section of the Sadhu! directory:

http://www.dhamma.ru/sadhu/modules/myli ... .php?cid=2

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Re: Fine art based on Pali Canon

Postby SamKR » Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:09 am

Dear friend

Have you checked out the link in Bhante's signature?


Yes, I had checked them. Very beautiful pictures.
But I was actually looking for pictures/paintings which show the Buddha's period.
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Re: Fine art based on Pali Canon

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Sep 17, 2009 7:19 am

SamKR wrote:
Dear friend

Have you checked out the link in Bhante's signature?


Yes, I had checked them. Very beautiful pictures.
But I was actually looking for pictures/paintings which show the Buddha's period.


Life of the Buddha sort of thing? If so, they are out there on there inside on temple walls traditionally.

A Google search "Thai paintings" "Buddha's life" maybe?
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Re: Fine art based on Pali Canon

Postby appicchato » Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:41 am

I just googled 'Thai Buddhist murals' and there's countless links (not even to mention Mahayana art ) to some beautiful stuff...what you're looking for is out there...
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Re: Fine art based on Pali Canon

Postby Kare » Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:40 am

Try to google "gandhara".
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