Summer Solstice Milestone: Bhutanese Nuns receive the Gelongma Vows

Images courtesy of the Zhung Dratshang (Central Monk Body of Bhutan)  “Perhaps we might also consider the fact that the prophecy that the teachings duration would be shortened by 500 years may have been Buddha’s forseeing the degeneration of the status of fully ordained nuns and their inferior treatment by the monks, which itself would […]

Nurturing Narratives

Not long after the death of my grandfather (爷爷/爺爺), my family resumed its familiar tradition. When both my grandparents were alive, my parents, my sister and me would be regularly treated to dinner at their home, where we’d enjoy the familial and communal experience of eating together and watching television. The stark difference now was […]

An Evening with Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo: “When Your Detour Becomes Your Life’s Path”

Date: 28 JuneTime: 18:00 PDT (09:00 HKT)SIGN UP FOR OUR TALK FOR FREE On 28 June at 18:00 PDT, BDG will be hosting California-based Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo, teacher and master of the art of silk appliqué thangkas, for a Zoom talk titled, “When Your Detour Becomes Your Life’s Path.” Leslie will discuss her upcoming book Threads of […]

Indica et Mongolica: Four Relics of the Buddha in Ulaanbaatar

Today, the 14th, marks Buddha Purnima in Mongolia and a symbolic milestone in Buddhist-influenced Indo-Mongolian relations. Two days ago, Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju led a 25-member delegation to Ulaanbaatar, meeting Khamba Lama Gabju Choijamts Demberel, the most senior Buddhist leader in the country. Accompanying the delegation was a quartet of relics of the […]

Keep Smiling

I’ll never forget the smile of my grandmother (po po/婆婆). Her soft, inviting grin greeted me every time I visited her with my parents and sister. Po Po always seemed excited to see us, but she expressed her excitement with a modesty that few people could perceive or appreciate outside of the family. Her excitement […]

Where the Lights of Chang’an Never Go Out: the Age of Confidence from Tang Mausoleum Murals

Exhibit curator Davis Leung with Dr. Isabelle Frank, consulting curator, outside the Indra and Harry Banga Gallery “A Glimpse of Tang Prosperity from Murals—The Exhibition Tour on Murals of the Tang Dynasty,” will be concluding soon. On display at the Indra and Harry Banga Gallery until 12 June, the exhibit showcases digitally restored mural art […]

Horizons of Sharing: Ayya Soma and Buddhist Insights in Italy

Ayya Soma and Bhante Suddhaso in Cisternino. Image courtesy of Ayya Soma Ayya Soma is a Theravada Buddhist bhikkhuni and co-founder of the non-profit Buddhist Insights. Recently, she, fellow co-founder Bhante Suddhaso, and members of her organization arrived in Italy to share the richness of the Theravada life, aspects of which would be commonplace in Southeast Asia. […]

From Chu’s Gallery to Oneness: Rebirth of an Art Icon in Central

Images by Lai Chun Hei Standing for 27 years on Hong Kong’s Hollywood Road is a gallery owned by a family for over two generations: Chu’s Gallery. It is an art dealer that contributed to the cultural development of Central district’s emergence as an art hub distinct from Central’s financial and professional emphases. Chu’s Gallery was […]