According to the major sutras of Pure Land Buddhism, the Larger Sukhavativyuha and the Smaller Sukhavativyuha, Amitabha Buddha’s Pure Land (Skt. Sukhavati) lies beyond 10 billion Buddha-lands west
Guoying Stacy Zhang is a writer, curator, and art consultant. With her expertise in Buddhist art and teachings, she is dedicated to inspiring the contemporary world with ancient cultural heritage. Ms Zhang has worked with prominent museums, auction houses, and religious institutions. This column is intended to reveal authentic Buddhist teachings and rare art objects to the general public, by interviewing religious masters, scholars, artists, and private collectors, as well as sharing personal experiences. Guoying Stacy Zhang obtained MA degrees in Art History at the School of Oriental and African Studies and the Courtauld Institute of Art. Prior to that, she was educated at Fudan University and UC Berkeley. To learn more about her work or get in touch, please visit www.gszhang.com.
Exploring Chinese Buddhism is published occasionally.
My previous article focused on the Great Sage Monastery of Bamboo Grove on Mount Wutai and its abbot, Venerable Master Miaojiang, director of the Buddhist
Rebuilding a Buddhist Monastery in Contemporary China: Venerable Master Miaojiang and the Great Sage Monastery of Bamboo Grove
A sacred place once forgotten but now revived
As an active member of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist order, Venerable Dr. Juewei (覺瑋) is a lecturer of Applied Buddhist Studies and the director
When we talk about Buddhist art, one tends to think of sculptures in stone or bronze, or monumental caves and wall paintings. However, when Buddhism
Tradition and wealth at a historic Buddhist monastery
In ancient Chinese literature, “the West” refers to India—the birthplace of Buddhism. Nowadays, as in most cultures across the globe, the West for the Chinese
According to the Washington, DC-based Pew Research Center, 18.2 per cent of China’s population—that is 224 million people—are Buddhists, accounting for about half of the
The transmission of Buddhist art from India to China is a fascinating topic. Indeed, how did pious and profound art, along with a complex belief
Qianfo’an (千佛庵), the Temple of One Thousand Buddhas, better known as Xiaoxitian (小西天) or the Little Western Paradise, is located in present-day Xi County, Linfen