Thursday, June 02, 2011

Sanghamitta Bhikkhuni

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Found this in the Manitoba Buddhist Vihara.  Thought it might be interesting to people.

3 comments :

  1. bhikkhunisobhana5:07 PM

    Greetings Bhante, You may like to know that this image is among the murals of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Viharaya, painted by Solius Mendis in the late 1930s and early 1940s. To the art historian, they were "an attempt to revitalize the Sinhalese classical art tradition of Anuradhapura. The result however is not a reinvention of the classical tradition but an amalgamation of several Indian, and European visual idioms into a style that recalls the classical naturalism of Anuradhapura." -- http://www.artsrilanka.org/history/20C.html

    But to faithful Sinhalese, they "arouse fervour in the heart of the religious and patriotism in the heart of the nation at large." -- http://www.kelaniyatemple.org/english/

    Prints of the entire series of Kelaniya murals have a place of honor at the Bhavana Society in West Virginia.

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  2. unique18:26 PM

    For some reason this charming picture of Sangamitta
    Thrani does not evoke feelings of Patriotism or Nationalism in my mind.
    But always inspires me to be on the path.

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  3. yuttadhammo8:37 PM

    +1 :) what I really like about it is she's wearing proper monk robes, not the shirts that we see these days on both monks and nuns.

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