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CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside

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…endoscopy carried out by the Netherlands-based Drents Museum at the Meander Medical Centre in Amersfoort, showed the ancient reliquary fully encases the mummified remains of a Buddhist master known as Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School. While it was known beforehand the remains of a person were inside, another startling discovery was made during the scan: where the organs had been removed prior to mummification, researches discovered…

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A Colossal Year: The Top 15 Articles on Colossal in 2015

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…rt proved that what looks like a traditional statue of Buddha dating back to the 11th or 12th century was actually quite a bit more. The CT scan revealed mummified remains of a Buddhist master known as Liuquan of the Chinese Meditation School within the statue. To further the unexpected, among some practicing Buddhists it’s been said that similar mummies “aren’t dead” but are actually in an advanced state of meditation. 1. Welcome to Dismaland:…

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If a Tree Falls in the Forest… These Megaphones Will Amplify Its Sound

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…ording to interior architect Hannes Praks the three-metre diameter megaphones will act as a “bandstand” for the environment around it. “We’ll be placing the three megaphones at such a distance and at a suitable angle, so at the centre of the installation, sound feed from all three directions should create a unique merged surround sound effect,” said Praks. The structures will not only be available for solo meditation, but also…

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New Text Drawings Formed by Letters From Religious Texts by Meg Hitchcock

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…d spacing in the sentences she forms. Recently her text drawings have become a bit more figural, forming feet, scarves, and niqabs on paper with thousands of sourced letters. “The labor-intensive aspect of my work is a meditation practice as well as an exploration of the various forms of devotion,” said Hitchcock in an artist statement. “A long history in evangelical Christianity formed my core beliefs about God and…

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A Peek Inside the Galleries and a Playlist of Short Films Showing at Banksy’s Dismaland

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…ent here, and Evan over at Juxtapoz managed to get an exclusive interview with Banksy before the event. Lastly, here are links to the 24 short films included in the hour-long Cinema program I helped with. F*ck That: A Guided Meditation by Jason Headley; Bottle by Kristen Lepore; New York Park by Black Sheep Films; Symmetry by the Mercadantes; Magic Hats by Jake Sumner; Golden Age of Insect Aviation: The Great Grasshoppers by Wayne Unten; Walking…

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Meditating Machinery: Mechanical Buddhas and Other Religious Icons by Wang Zi Won

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South Korean artist Wang Zi Won constructs intricate mechanical figures of Buddha and bodhisattva that appear to be lost in meditation or enlightenment. The electrically-powered figures are fused with numerous mechanical components which at times resemble halos or lotus flowers and simultaneously move the humanoid figures through repetitive motions (see videos above). The artist says his intention is to examine a future where humans and…

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