Quotes of the week

Even if you're right, you have to convince people it's the case. You can't [just] say, 'I know better than you, I know this is good for you'

Bernard Chan, former chairman of the Antiquities Advisory Board

Sunday, 1 July, 2012, 12:00am

Collector's passion for antique Buddhas sheds light on how he found his destiny

Shanghai antique collector Zhou Maodi has spent nearly 30 years collecting items ranging from Buddha statues to bronzes and jades. Mr Zhou explains why antiques are his destiny and how beginners should learn about collecting.

How did you become interested?

19 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

With all due respect

You may have some Buddha figurines in your home that you bought while travelling. Buddha, a Sanskrit word, means 'a person who has reached enlightenment'. As we all have the potential for enlightenment, Buddhas are not considered deities, but teachers.

6 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

The story of Buddhism

This week Buddhism by Damien Keown

Buddhism is a complicated subject and this book can be a challenge for non-native speakers.

However, people who have a deep interest in religion will enjoy reading this book.

The writer likens the study of Buddhism to a story told by the Buddha.

13 Dec 2007 - 12:00am


Maitreya Project Relic Tour

28 May 2005 - 12:00am

Serene shadows

There are some surprisingly dark shadows in the life of Gavin Tu - yet the artist's best known for his serene Buddhist sculptures and paintings on silk. He's also the founder of interior design firm Collaborate, which created the Kee Club, The Glamour Room in Shanghai and the Hong Kong Fringe Club's Fotogalerie. The usually upbeat Tu is a well-liked figure in the local art scene.

28 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Buddha Da

Buddha Da

by Anne Donovan

Canongate $128

29 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

No More Buddha, Only Football

No More Buddha, Only Football

by Chris England

Sceptre $116

8 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Even monks must pay their bills

I think the comments made by your columnist Kevin Sinclair about Po Lin Monastery were unfair ('Buddhists who are fluent in the language of money', South China Morning Post, October 26).

What is wrong with monks trying to protect their existing rights?

31 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

The artist who spilled Buddhas

What an odd thing it is to have artist Ma Tselin in the Museum Annexe. It's odd because mainland-born Ma paints massive Buddhas, serene and the epitome of calm, like scuffed statues lifted from a silent, jungle-smothered site, while the Annexe is in the hurly-burly of One Exchange Square.

22 May 1999 - 12:00am

Street drugging-robbery of woman baffles police

A housewife is believed to have been drugged before being robbed while looking at an envelope of gold Buddhas yesterday.

Ko Wan-ha, 51, was approached by two women and a man in Shanghai Street, Mongkok, about 9am after withdrawing $20,000 from a bank.

The trio, speaking in Putonghua, asked her directions but she ignored them and walked away.

11 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Buddha hailed in carnival atmosphere

Munching vegetarian pizza and sipping cold drinks accompanied by soothing chants may not seem the traditional way to celebrate Buddha's birthday but that is how many of the 50,000 in Victoria Park marked the event yesterday.

Although the themes were respect and magnanimity, the party had a carnival atmosphere.

20 May 1996 - 12:00am

Visit marred by rude monk

PO Lin Monastery has become more and more popular since the gigantic Buddha was built. No doubt it is a nice place for tourists to visit. However, after my first trip there last weekend, I must query whether the monks really welcome tourists.

It was extremely foggy on Sunday March 12, but it did not deter both local and overseas tourists.

21 Mar 1994 - 12:00am