One of the great treasures along China’s Silk Road is the Mogao cave complex in Dunhuang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 700 caves, decorated with elaborate Buddhist paintings from as far back as 430 AD, can hold about 3,000 people a day, but on some days, up to 8,000 visitors arrive. That’s putting the caves at risk, the Daily Beast reports.
The paintings can be damaged by humidity and carbon dioxide from visitors’ breath. Using a billion-pixel camera, researchers from the nearby Dunhuang Academy are photographing the frescoes to create a three-dimensional recreation of the caves in the site’s visitor center, which is slated to open next year. When the caves are digitized, they can be closed to the public and preserved.
Visitors to the Smithsonian recently got a glimpse of Cave 220, filled with Tang dynasty paintings. The exhibit is due to return to Washington in the spring of 2013; click here for more information about the exhibit. Courtesy Buddhadharma
A Dhamma Talk on Vipassana and mindfulness meditation by Vipassana Gossalaya Jotannano Hong Keo, Vipassana Buddhist Master during a 10-Day Meditation & Vipassana Retreats at the Buddhist Meditation Center, Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam on the 11th Waxing Moon – 7th Waning Moon of Jeṭṭha B.E.2560 equivalent to June 15 – 26, A.D.2016 in Leverett, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 2016.
ក្រុងសាវត្ថី Sāvatthī or Śrāvastī
Vipassana chanting by Meditation Master Ketodhammo Som Bunthoeun. Footages from 2016 Vipassana classes at the Buddhist Meditation Center – Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam in Leverett, Massachusetts, USA.
SAMDECH CHUON NATH
Khmer literature and Dhamma talk by His Holiness Jotannano Chuon Nath, the Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia Buddhism. His Holiness was born on March 11, 1883; passed away on September 25, 1969
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Extraordinary Funeral and Memorial Services for His Holiness Samdech Dr. Maha Ghosananda