A collection of Buddhist steatines discovered in Australia has been identified as the work of Chinese people, the latest discovery of its kind in the region.
Key points:The steatine is believed to have been in use in China between the 9th century and the 13th centuryThe discovery was made by Chinese archeologistsThe group are using the steaties as part of their work to develop a Buddhist meditation methodOne of the steatiues is on display at the Victoria Museum, while another is being refurbishedThe discovery of the Buddhist steatiue, which is on loan to the Victoria Institute of Archaeology, comes just weeks after an 18th-century Buddhist monk, whose identity is not known, was found in the Australian Outback.
The monk’s remains were found in a cave in the Gungahlin area of northern Queensland, which was first identified in the mid-1980s by Australian scientists.
“We’ve been working on this project since 2011,” said David Smith, the director of the Victoria Archaeology Department, which uncovered the Buddhist relic.
“It’s a very complex site, with a number of sites in the area where it’s possible for archaeologists to work.”
The first significant archaeological find in Australia was made in 2004 when an archaeological site was found at a Buddhist site in the southern coastal town of Gungagai.
The Gunga gong was a large rectangular stone structure that was first found in 1834.
It was the centrepiece of a Buddhist ceremony and has since been the site of Buddhist pilgrimages by thousands of pilgrims.
“They were often using it to worship at Gungai,” Mr Smith said.
Buddhism as a social practice’The new Buddhist relic was discovered on September 15 at the Gongagai site.””
That was when we discovered the Buddhist site.”‘
Buddhism as a social practice’The new Buddhist relic was discovered on September 15 at the Gongagai site.
“The site was discovered by archeologists and they were able to get an idea of the shape of the temple and how the gong had been set up,” Mr Steed said.
The group, known as the Steatite Institute, have been working to develop an ancient Buddhist meditation technique.
Mr Steed, who has a PhD in Buddhism from the University of New South Wales, said the Buddhist relics were the first Buddhist artefacts found in Victoria.
“There was a time when people had not really thought about Buddhism,” he said.
Dr Smith said he was amazed to find out the Buddhist texts were being used to meditate.
“In this particular case, they’re doing it as a Buddhist practice and not just for Buddhist practice,” he explained.
“So that’s quite interesting.”
Dr Smith, who is the lead author of a book on the Buddha’s life, said he believed it was important to study Buddhism to understand the history of the religion and its social practice.
“I think that’s why we do the research and I think we’re really lucky to have the opportunity to do this,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“Buddhas, if you want to know about the social and spiritual aspects of Buddhism, then you need to look at the social practices that were being practised by the Buddha.”
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