Showing posts with label Philosophy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Philosophy. Show all posts

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Great Philosophers - ARISTOTLE (384 - 322 BC)


Great Philosphers - ARISTOTLE (384 - 322 BC) - Photo: Wikipedia



Sunday, October 8, 2017

Great Philosophers - René DESCARTES (1596 - 1650)


René Descartes (31.3.1596 - 11.2.1659) - Picture: Wikimedia (Frans Hals)



Sunday, October 1, 2017

Great Philosophers - John LOCKE (1632 - 1704)


Great Philosophers - John LOCKE (1632 - 1704] - Picture: Wikimedia




Sunday, September 24, 2017

Great Philosophers - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich HEGEL (1770 - 1831)





Sunday, September 17, 2017

Great Philosophers - PLATO (about 428 - 347 BC)


Great Philosophers - PLATO (about 428 - 347 BC)



Friday, September 15, 2017

The Emerald BUDDHA

The Emerald Buddha is a figurine of a sitting Budha, that is the is the palladium of the Kingdom of Thailand. The Buddha is made of green jade, surprisingly not of emerald, clothed in gold is approximately 45 cm tall. The Buddha is kept in the Chapel of the Emerald Buddha, which is located on the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.

Photo: Wikimedia

Legend tells that that the Emerald Buddha was created in Pataliputra, India, which is now the city of Patna in 43 BCE by Nagasena. Other great historians believe that it belongs to the Chiang Saen Style of the 15th century. The legend says that it remained in Pataliputra for 300 hundred years until it was taken to Sri Lanka to save it from a civil war. It was then in 457, that King Anuruth of Burma sent out orders to Ceylon to ask for the Emerald Budha and Buddhist scriptures. These actions took place by the king, to try and support Buddhism in his country. This request was granted, however, the ship that was bringing the Buddha to Burma became lost in a storm and ended up in Cambodia. The Buddha made its way through several hands after that: Ayutthaya, Kamphaeng Phet, Lao and finally Chiang Rai. It was finally in Chiang Rai that the ruler of the city hid it.

It wasn't until 1434 that sources indicate the resurfacing of the statue in Northern Thailand. There is one story about the discovery: "lightning struck a pagoda in a temple in Chiang Rai, after which something became visible under the stucco. The Emerald Buddha was dug out and the people thought the figurine was made from emerald, hence its current name."

Although the Buddha is just a simple jade statue, it is dressed in garments that are made of fine gold. The Buddha's clothing is changed by the King of Thailand, to celebrate the changing of seasons. This occurs three times a year:  1st Waning of Lunar Month 4, 8 and 12