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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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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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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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Breath: A Stunning New Collection Film Exploring How We Breathe

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…ar objects, ideas, or actions are gathered into a video montage. If you haven’t seen Words, Ball, or especially Symmetry, I recommend spending the next 20 minutes of your life doing that. Their latest film is Breath, a meditation on the myriad ways in which people breath. While it may not sound like much in a description, the short packs an emotional wallop, bouncing between the extremes of life and death to fear and passion. Directed and…

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The Balanced Rock Sculptures of Michael Grab Rely Solely on Gravity

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…ic ritual, ultimately nurturing meditative presence, mental well-being, and artistry of design. Alongside the art, setting rocks into balance has also become a way of showing appreciation, offering thanksgiving, and inducing meditation. Through manipulation of gravitational threads, the ancient stones become a poetic dance of form and energy, birth and death, perfection and imperfection. Almost all of the works you see here were completed this…

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Murals Created with Thousands of Buttons, Pins and Beads by Ran Hwang

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…ons such as a Buddha or a traditional vase, using materials from the fashion industry. The process of building large installations are time consuming and repetitive and it requires manual effort which provides a form of self-meditation. I hammer thousands of pins into a wall like a monk who, facing the wall, practices Zen. Starting July 26th Hwang will be exhibiting with Leila Heller Gallery at Art Southampton, featuring one of her newest works,…

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