About Urna

Urna is the small dot on the forehead of the , actually a white hair tuft, and one of the 32 major marks of a Buddha.

A Thai Dhamma wheel at Wat Phothivihan, Tumpat, Kelantan

Buddhist symbolism – From representation to auspiciousness

is the use of to represent certain aspects of the Buddha's Dharma (teaching). Early Buddhist symbols which remain important today include the Dharma wheel, the Indian lotus, the three jewels and the Bodhi tree. Anthropomorphic symbolism depicting the Buddha (as well as other figures) became very popular around the first century CE with the arts of Mathura and the Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara. New symbols continued to develop into the medieval period, .
13th century copy of the Taima Mandala. Japan, Kamakura period.

Buddhist art – The devotional artistic practices

Buddhist is the artistic practices that are influenced by . It includes art media which depict Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and other entities, notable Buddhist figures, both historical and mythical, narrative scenes from the lives of all of these, and other graphic aids to practice, as well as physical objects associated with Buddhist practice, such as vajras, bells, stupas and Buddhist temple architecture. Buddhist art originated on the Indian subcontinent following the historical life .

Determining the Quality of Tibetan Thangkas

There are three general skill levels of painters are hobbyist, professionals, and .  You can find out  the skill of the by looking closely at the lines, such as those used to make waves, clouds, and the faces of people, , , and . The finer and clearer the lines, the greater the skill involved. A thangka painted by a master will cost more than one painted by a professional. The student painted .

Swayambhunath Stupa

is an atop a hill in the Valley, west of Kathmandu city. Swambhunath is also called the "". it the most among pilgrimage sites. Swayambhunath  is a religious site for both Buddhists and . Located at the center of Kathmandu, the stupa is situated atop a hill at 1,336 meters above the sea level and is 77 meters from the . You must climb 365 steps .