Inspiring Arts


Ascending to Enlightenment: Mongolian Bronze Stupa This magnificent, exquisitely crafted Mongolian bronze stupa is a 19th-century masterpiece. It is comprised of a square platform, a dome, and 13 tapered steps rising from a two-tiered square base. Pairs of lions are engraved on each side of the stupa. Garlands trail from the sides. A framed image of Buddha is set below the ribbed spire, flanked…
Living Wallpaper By Chu Yun & Guang Xiao   A new invention has put a novel twist on wallpaper — science has literally brought to life this out-of-date aspect of home décor. This technological breakthrough is known as bio-solar wallpaper, and it generates electricity to power simple items in the house. Through biological photovoltaics (BPV) technology, the cyanobacteria photosynthesize …
Lifesaving Paper Planes By Lori & Nicole Leo   Remember the paper planes we used to make when we were children? Some of us would write a wish on our plane before sending it on its way. Now paper planes are no longer just a toy of our past —they hold great promise for a better future.   Delivery Revolutionized In 2017, an innovative San Francisco-based robotics startup called Othe…
The Simplicity and Charm of Ancient Chinese Eave Tiles By Zhu Yu & Ning Qi Yuan   Chinese eave-tile ornaments are round or semicircular accessories that were used in classical Chinese architecture. They were fixedat the ends of rafters or overhangs of a building, primarily for shielding the walls from wind and rain, and for beautification. Evolution of an Architectural Heritage Archa…
White Jade Candleholder INSPIRING ARTS Grandmaster JinBodhi’s Treasure Cove This rare and exquisite white jade candleholder was produced in Mongolia in the 19th century. It stands at 20.5 centimeters. The sturdy round base of the holder is made of sterling silver, carved with deep and intricate lines to form a dragon traversing soft clouds, adding a delightful liveliness and majestic beauty to t…
      Harmless Plastic Bags        By Mu Feng & Qing Ben        In our daily lives, we often walk into a shop, pick out and pay for our desired items, and walk out with the purchases in several plastic bags. This widespread dependence on plastic bags is wreaking havoc on Mother Earth.       Plastic takes at least 500 years…
      Rattan Weaving An Age-Old Artisan Passion    By Mu Xi & Qing Cha   Rattan has been around for thousands of years. Although commonly used to make furniture, there are other ways this light, durable and flexible material can be put to good use. Rattan furniture, with its rustic charm, works well in any space, be it the vintage rattan bookcase in the liv…
      Grandmaster JinBodhi’s Treasure Cove Dragon-Head Handle Brass Teapot            This Tibetan brass teapot was produced in the early 20th century. Standing at 29.5 centimeters tall, its delicate look exudes simplicity. Engraved images of an auspicious dragon feature on this teapot’s handle and petals of the lotus flower form its lid and base. An …
      MASTER JINBODHI’S TREASURE COVE   Majestic Ancient Chinese Incense Burner         Exquisitely cast as an incense burner in the detailed rendering of a mythical unicorn known as Luduan, this richly coppered treasure is a legacy of the 17-century Qing dynasty. Its appearance is a harmonious fusion of majesty, ferocity and nobility.     &…
      Treasure Cove: Ming Dynasty Buddha         This is a great treasure I discovered in Taiwan; an antique Buddha crafted during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Seated on a lotus throne, this Buddha is 22 cm high. When I caught sight of this Buddha, I was struck by His amazing radiance, by the intense emanation of positive vibration. The Buddha was smiling, as i…