♪ Meditation - Michika Yuasa ( 静慮- 湯浅美千歌)

Michika Yuasa is a talented Japanese singer. www.myspace.com [ Meditation - Dhyana ] I waited for Ātman with hope; the palm of my hands pressed against my chest, The true person I could finally meet; there was a rotating blue moon, The sun set and I could see Ātman; even though you also shine in the morning and in the afternoon, It is when night comes that I can notice you ; illuminating the unknown, an eternal light, I was so happy I shed tears; I grasped the true hands of Ātman tightly, No longer can we search for lost items; my heart has been illuminated by the smiling face of Ātman I became the wind and I could feel Ātman; in ārūpyadhātu, which is forever still, a voice of absolute purity reverberates, There is a transparent sky that doesn’t fade, Flying through the universe as if swimming; Ātman comes together as one with prana, I have already forgotten the revolving of time; even overtaking light

Hidden Christians - Japan

February 2008 Since Japan’s rulers outlawed Christianity in the sixteenth century, believers have hidden their faith. But what began as Christianity has evolved into something quite different. Produced by ABC Australia Distributed by Journeyman Pictures

Are You Built For Japan? - Religion and Spirituality

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Read All About Japanese Buddhist Art

Indian sub-continent was the original birth place of Buddhist art forms. Interaction with the other cultures and communities made positive influences on the Buddhist religion and helped it to spread all over Asia. Gradually, Buddhist art became popular and Japan became one of the capitals of Buddhist art and culture.

The growth of the Buddhist religion and art was very fast in Asia. It entered all corners of the continent including northern, central, eastern and south-east Asia.

Before the arrival of Buddhism in Japan, various other cultures and movements had made impacts on the Japanese art. Especially the Kofun and Yoyoi times had a great influence on the culture and art style of Japan.

It was in the 6th century that Buddhism made its way to Japan. Missionary people made their way to the country with their scriptures and art work hoping to attract the unaware masses. Today Japan stands as the largest Buddhist country in the world. When Buddhism was disappearing in India it was picking up in Japan.

Soon after the introduction of Buddhism in Japan, it began to influence the Japanese life and art. Numerous monasteries and temples were put up. The Kofukun-ji temple in Nara, the five story pagoda and the Golden Hall of Horyuku are the existing remains of the Buddhist art forms of those times.

Buddhist art forms were exhibited in different sculptures and paintings and the government also sponsored a number of artists in order to support the Buddhist art. The art of that time was attractive and was based on realism because of the Korean, Chinese and Hellenistic impacts.

The period ranging from the 8th century through to the 13th century witnessed Buddhist art develop to a great extent. The Nara period as well as the Heian and Kamakura period is known for their Buddhist art. The Japanese artists developed rich figurative art that was used in order to portray their deities. Hindu and Shinto influence were also obvious in such works. In general Buddhist art appeared to be extremely varied but at the same time very innovative and bold.

Around the 13th century, the Zen art which was introduced in Japan by Eisai and Dogen began to replace the traditional Buddhist art. A large number of art works of those times such as painting and pottery depicted their intention to expose the life’s reality. Japanese martial arts and the art of flower arrangement known as Ikebana also had a greater development in this time.

Today Japan is home to nearly 80,000 Buddhist temples. The majority of these temples have been constructed from wood and have undergone massive restoration for the purpose of preservation.

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CNN - Macedonia the root of Christianity

Macedonia’s forgotten gem - CNN CNN’s Nic Robertson discovers an ancient city of hundreds of churches and monastries. CNN’s new series i-List takes you to a different country each month. In May, we visit Macedonia focusing on changes shaping the country’s economy, culture and its social fabric. The oldest traces of human habitation in Macedonia are the cryptic, 30000 year-old stone engravings or rock art unearthed in the Kratovo area, as well as the astronomical observatory/ religious ritual site of Taticev Kamen, dating back almost 4000 years. The word Macedonia instantly conjures up memories of Philip II and his son Alexander the Great, legendary emperor of the 4th century BCE who brought great expanses of the known world under Macedonian rule. In this period, and the Hellenistic and Roman ones that followed it, Macedonia reached the apogee of its influence and power. Today, many ruins remain to attest to this ancient heritage, in the sites of cities such as Heraclea, Stobi and Skupi, strewn with amphitheaters and temples, and decorated with intricate mosaics and frescoes. The missionary Apostle Paul brought Christianity to Macedonia for the first time. Nine centuries later, his Byzantine successors Cyril and Methodius created a brand new alphabet, the precursor to Cyrillic, to expedite their missionary work with the Slavic-speaking Orthodox Christians of the Balkans. Macedonias experience of Christianity has thus always been linked with literacy and education. In fact

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