Brahmavihāra Monastery, Melaka

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001 Collection Hall

01 Collection Hall

The Brahmavihāra Monastery and Retreat Centre was founded in 2018 by Bhante Dhammapāla. He was teaching in Hong Kong for a long time, and seems to have collected a large number of items there, including the Gandhāran items shown below, which apparently came from an Indian family who no longer had interest in them.

002 Some Pieces in Situ

02 Some Pieces in Situ

003 Cabinet

03 Cabinet

004 Table of Objects d’Art

04 Table of Objects d’Art

Gandhāra Collection

Although I am not an expert in Gandhāran art, it seems me that the pieces below are in too good a condition to be genuine, and must be modern imitations of the real thing. They do not appear to be copies though, but new works based on Gandhāran style.

If we compare them with what we know to be genuine works from the time, at the Peshawar and Hund Museums, the difference is astounding. Whereas the genuine works are nearly all broken and defaced in one way or another, the ones in Brahmavihara are all complete and unmarked.

They are, however, if not genuine, at least very fine imitations, seemingly made locally in Pakistan, using the same kind of stone, and with well-created themes, based on the originals, while not being copies which are easy to recognize.

005 Prophecy of Dīpankara Buddha

05 Prophecy of Dīpankara Buddha

006 The Conception

06 The Conception

007 The Birth of Siddhārtha

07 The Birth of Siddhārtha

008 Birth of Siddhārtha and Seven Steps

08 Birth of Siddhārtha and Seven Steps

009 Siddhārtha takes Seven Steps

09 Siddhārtha takes Seven Steps

010 The Great Departure

10 The Great Departure

011 Striving Bodhisattva

11 Striving Bodhisattva

012 Four Great Kings offer Bowls

12 Four Great Kings offer Bowls

013 Calling the Earth to Witness

13 Calling the Earth to Witness

014 Turning the Dhamma Wheel

14 Turning the Dhamma Wheel

015 Conversion of the Kāśyapa Brothers

15 Conversion of the Kāśyapa Brothers

016 Miracle at Shravasti

16 Miracle at Shravasti

017 Prince Rāhula, Musicians and the Buddha

17 Prince Rāhula, Musicians and the Buddha

018 Monkey gives Honey to Buddha

18 Monkey gives Honey to Buddha

019 Bāvari’s Students visit the Buddha

19 Bāvari’s Students visit the Buddha

020 The Story of Sopaka

20 The Story of Sopaka

021 Buddha meditating in Forest

21 Buddha meditating in Forest

022 The Passing Away of the Buddha

22 The Passing Away of the Buddha

023 Buddha Teaching Dharma

23 Buddha Teaching Dharma

024 Buddha with Lion and Peacock

24 Buddha with Lion and Peacock

025 Standing Buddha

25 Standing Buddha

026 Meditating Buddha

26 Meditating Buddha

027 Buddha Head

27 Buddha Head

028 Worshipping the Stūpa

28 Worshipping the Stūpa

029 Bodhisattva, possibly from Haḍḍa

29 Bodhisattva, possibly from Haḍḍa

030 Buddha teaches the Lotus Sutra

30 Buddha teaches the Lotus Sutra

031 Bodhisattva Maitreya with Abhayamudrā

31 Bodhisattva Maitreya with Abhayamudrā

032 Miracle of Bright Light

32 Miracle of Bright Light

033 King and Servant on Elephant

33 King and Servant on Elephant

034 Gandhāra Stucco Head

34 Gandhāra Stucco Head

035 Śākyamuni and Maitreya Bodhisattva

35 Śākyamuni and Maitreya Bodhisattva

036 Standing Bodhisattva

36 Standing Bodhisattva

037 Buddha’s Footprints

37 Buddha’s Footprints

Other Objects

038 Buddha Figure, Mandalay, 19th c

38 Buddha Figure, Mandalay, 19th c

039 Khmer Buddha Head

39 Khmer Buddha Head

040 Thai Gilt Head

40 Thai Gilt Head

041 Buddha Head carved in Sri Lanka

41 Buddha Head carved in Sri Lanka

042 Standing Buddha in Bronze

42 Standing Buddha in Bronze

043 Khmer Style Standing Buddha

43 Khmer Style Standing Buddha

044 Buddha Statue on Wooden Seat from Afar

44 Buddha Statue on Wooden Seat from Afar

045 Buddha Statue on Wooden Seat

45 Buddha Statue on Wooden Seat

046 Buddha with Raised Hand

46 Buddha with Raised Hand

047 A Bodhisattva

47 A Bodhisattva

048 Amitābha Buddha

48 Amitābha Buddha

049 Rosewood Guan Yin

49 Rosewood Guan Yin

050 Guan Yin

50 Guan Yin

051 Female Deity

51 Female Deity

052 Śāstā (Aiyaṉār)

52 Śāstā (Aiyaṉār)

053 Śiva and Pārvatī

53 Śiva and Pārvatī

054 Tāra from Nepal

54 Tāra from Nepal

055 Ganeśa

55 Ganeśa

056 Ganeśa on Mouse Vehicle

56 Ganeśa on Mouse Vehicle

Outside the Hall

057 The Deer Park

57 The Deer Park

058 Borobudur Stupa

58 Borobudur Stupa

059 Borobudur Copy

59 Borobudur Copy

060 Borobudur Copy

60 Borobudur Copy

061 Asokan Column

61 Asokan Column

062 Top of Asokan Column

62 Top of Asokan Column

 

Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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