Michelangelo- The Great One

This was a great glimpse at one of the truly great artists on Earth. One of my  personal favorites is Rodin, & Vincent Van Gogh, but that’s for another time. Oh, & Paul Gaugin & his glimpses into the exotic life of ” the South Seas ” as they were known. For another discussion / blog entry.

Michelangelo was dedicated, one can see the life that he infused his sculptures with.Genius, complete genius. & yet he was quoted as saying that the sculptures were within the stone, just waiting for him to knock away the unnecessary bits.


They say that art should move you. Make you feel something. Make you want something. Make you think. A good work of art, a piece worthy to be called a “masterpiece”, is much more than just the sum of its parts. Every artist has a favourite work. Yes, a lot of us will claim there […]

via Michelangelo’s Masterpieces — Seeker of Truth

Buddhist Incorruptibles – Sacred Mummies & Icons.

Buddhist mummies. I thought Buddhist thought & mummification were, to a certain degree, incompatible, because Buddhism teaches about the transitory nature of life & even death, if I’m not mistaken.

Then I found that some Buddhist monks started the strange & seemingly BIZARRE practice of self – mummification, primarily in Japan.  Cloistering themselves away, & starving & dehydrating themselves until they gradually died, & were believed to pass into Enlightenment, usually in a tiny buried cubicle or box – like cell, usually buried. The only liquid they drank was a sap used in making lacquer. Accounts that I’ve read about the process are interesting. Usually done to achieve passage to Nirvana, sometimes to serve as an example to aspiring Buddhists, unlike Egyptian mummies, which were sealed in tombs & given offerings to sustain their souls in the afterlife.

It was practiced in China & SE Asia to a certain extent as well. Not unlike the Catholic ” Incorruptible ” saints, some of which had assistance from patrons of the Church.

The link below leads to a story about a mummy found inside a Chinese Buddha statue as an icon. Interesting read, & I hope that my cut & paste skills are sufficient.