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Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst
Vredeveld Aziatische Kunst

The largest collection of original antique Buddha statues.

Own import from Burma

16 May

Nalanda Mahavihara

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ruins of nalanda university

Nalanda Mahavihara was a large Buddhist monastery in the ancient kingdom of Magadha in India. The mahavihara is located about 95 kilometers southeast of Patna and is near the town of Bihar Sharif. Earlier in the history, the Mahavihara was a center of learning. It was active up till early 13th century.

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15 May

Vikramsashila

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ruins of vikramshila mahavihara

Vikramashila was one of the five great mahaviharas situated in the Indian subcontinent. This Vikramashila is located at about 50 km east of Bhagallpur and about 13 km north-east of Kahalgaon, Bhagalpur districts. Along with the Nalanda Mahavihara, it was the important center of learning- the teachings of Buddha, during the Pala Empire.

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14 May

Somapura Mahavihara

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ruins of somapura mahavihara

Somapura Mahavihara is located in Paharpur, Badalgachhi Upazila, Naogaon District, Bangladesh. This Mahavihara is one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. Hence it is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985. Other than it is also best known Buddhist viharas in the Indian Subcontinent.

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29 April

Mahinda- a Buddhist Monk

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Mahinda Buddhist Monk

Mahinda, son of the Mauryan emperor Ashoka and Devi, was a Buddhist monk widely known for his contribution in Buddhism. He was the man who spread Buddhism to Sri Lanka. It was recorded that Ashoka named him Mahinda which means conqueror of the world but Mahinda was more influenced by his mother and thus became a Buddhist monk.

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02 April

Ajahn Maha Bua

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Ajahn Maha Bua

Ajahn Maha Bua was a Thai Buddhist monk who was formally known as Phra Dharma Visuddhi Mangala or in Thai, Luang Ta Maha Bua and was born on August 12th, 1913. His childhood name was Bua Lohitdee. He was well-known Monk of the late 20th and early 21st centuries and was regarded as an Arahant. He learned under Ajahn Mun Bhuridatta, esteemed master of Thai Forest Tradition. He was considered to be Ajahn Yai or Head of the Thai Forest Tradition lineage after the death of Ajahn Thate in 1994.

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29 March

Mingun Sayadaw

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Mingun Sayadaw

Mingun Sayadaw's formal name is Mingun Sayadaw U Vicittasarabivamsa. His childhood name was Maung Khin and as he studied under U. Sobita at the age of 10, he got his first Buddhist name, Shin Vicittasara. He was a Burmese Theravada Buddhist monk who is best known for his memory skills and his role in the Sixth Buddhist Council.

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27 March

Shin Arahan, primate of Pagan Kingdom

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Shin Arahan, primate of Pagan Kingdom

Venerable Shin Arahan was the bishop of the Pagan Kingdom from the mid 11th century to early 12th century. He was born in the year 1034 and was native to the Thaton Kingdom. He was a religious advisor to the four Pagan Kings for Anawrahta to Alaungsithu. He was popularly known for the conversion of Anawrahta to Theravada Buddhism which is viewed as a key turning point in the history.

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12 March

Vasubandhu

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Vasubandhu Indian Buddhist monk

Vasubandhu, an influential Buddhist monk, was born in a Brahmin family in Peshawar, present-day Pakistan. As a biography of Vasubandhu mentions that he initially studied under the Buddhist Sarvastivada school which was more popularized in Gandhara during that time. Later on, he moved to Kashmir to study under the orthodox Sarvastivada branch. After completion, he returned home and then started to give the discourse on Abhidharma. later under the influence of his brother Asang, he converted to Mahayana Buddhism

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07 March

Atisa Dipamkara Srijnana

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Atisa Dipamkara Srijnana

Atisa Dipamkara Srijnana was a renown Buddhist Bengali religious leader and was one of the important Buddhist scholars in the area of spreading Mahayana Buddhism and Vajrayana Buddhism in Asia. He was also recognized as one of the important personality of classical Buddhism.

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26 February

Kek Lok Si Temple

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Kek Lo Si Temple

Kek Lok Si Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang, Malaysia. The literal meaning of Kek Lok Si Temple is Heavenly Temple, Pure Land Temple, Temple of Supreme Bliss, and Temple of Paradise. It is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia and is important pilgrimage center for Buddhists from Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore and other countries in Southeast Asia.

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25 February

Jabung Temple

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Jabung Temple

Jabung is a Buddhist temple which was built during the Majapahit era in the 14th century. This Buddhist temple is located in the Jabung Sisir village, Paiton area, Probolinggo district, East Java, Indonesia. The temple is made of red bricks which measure 16.20 meters. The architectural style of this temple is similar to the Bahal temple in Padang Lawas, North Sumatra.

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21 February

Kalasan Temple

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Kalasan Temple

The Buddhist temple Kalasan, also known as Candi Kalasan is an 8th-century Buddhist temple in Java, Indonesia. The temple is the oldest temple built in the Prambanan Plain. This Buddhist temple is also popularly known as Candi Kalibening. This temple is located in the Kalasan District of Sleman Regency.

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19 February

Foguang Temple

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Foguang Temple

The Foguang Temple is a Buddhist temple which was established in the 5th century during the Northern Wei dynasty. The temple is situated in Wutai County, Shanxi Province of China. The temple premises also include two major Halls- Great East Hall and Hall of Manjushri, and Zushi Pagoda along with Funerary pillars.

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16 February

Wuying Pagoda

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wuying pagoda

The Wuying Pagoda is also known as the Xingfu Temple Pagoda and the Thousand Year-old Pagoda of Wuhan. This pagoda is a Buddhist pagoda located in Wuchang, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Literally, the Wuying Pagoda is called as Shadowless Pagoda. It is the oldest standing architectural feature in Wuhan and has been recorded that it was built during the final reigns of the Southern Song Dynasty.

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14 February

Zhenjue Temple

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Zhenjue Temple

The English name for the Zhejue Temple is the Temple of the Great Righteous Awakening which is the most formal name for this temple. The Zhenjue Temple is most popularly known as the Five Pagoda Temple and is located in Haidian District, Beijing, China. Actually, Zhenjue Temple is a Buddhist temple complex constructed in Ming dynasty and has faced lots of renovations. The complex houses Five Pagoda Temple along with other wooden buildings.

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11 February

Buddha Dhatu Jadi

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Buddha Dhatu Temple

The Buddha Dhatu Jadi is also popularly known as the Bandarban Golden Temple which is located close to Balaghata town, Bandarban city, Bangladesh. The term "Dhatu" are the material remains of a holy person, and it is recorded that Dhatu or relic of the Buddha houses in this temple. It is also recorded that the temple is the largest Theravada Buddhist temple in Bangladesh while the Buddha statue housed in this temple is the second largest sculpture in the country.

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05 February

Buddhist Temple at Vietnam: Thay Temple

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Buddhist Temple at Vietnam Thay Temple

Thay Temple is also known as Chua Thay or Master's Temple which is situated at Quoc Oai District Vietnam. This Buddhist temple is also popularly known as Thien Phuc Tu. This temple was established during the reign of Emperor Nhan Tong of Ly dynasty, 11th century. It is regarded as one of the oldest Buddhist temple in Vietnam which is dedicated to Vietnamese Thien Master Tu Dao Hanh.

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