18 Lohan Series.

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  1. barsenault

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    Here is an update to the series. It is continuing. Stoked. There are only 200 Minted of the 1st in the series.
    From someone close to the project in China:
    "There are 18 Lohans so it's expected to have 17 other Lohans followed by Deer rider, I know this medal's designer and owner, he will make the second one in this year if everything is in control, and he is going to make 3~4 pieces every year starting from 2016..."

    As a side, interesting reason why these are not so popular in China:
    "Lohan Series - Deer riding has good design, but in Chinese culture and buddha culture, Lohans are "hit men" of Buddhas, so we chinese don't like Lohans so much, although we respect Lohans as they are on Buddha's side."

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    In the Chinese Tradition, the 18 Luohans are generally presented in the order they are said to have appeared to Guan Xiu, not according to their power: Deer Sitting, Happy, Raised Bowl, Raised Pagoda, Meditating, Oversea, Elephant Riding, Laughing Lion, Open Heart, Raised Hand, Thinking, Scratched Ear, Calico Bag, Plantain, Long Eyebrow, Doorman, Taming Dragon and Taming Tiger.


    01. Pindola the Bharadvaja*
    (Sanskrit: Pindolabharadrja)
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Bndlu Bludush Znzh)

    Sitting dignified on a deer,
    As if in deep thought.
    With perfect composure,
    Contented with being above worldly pursuits.

    Guan Xiu's Dream: Deer Sitting Luohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Ql Luhn)

    02. Kanaka the Vatsa
    (Sanskrit: Kanakavatsa)
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Jinuji Fcu Znzh)

    Decimating the demons,
    The universe now cleared.
    Hands raised for jubuilation,
    Be wild with joy.

    Happy Luohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Xqng Luhn)

    03. Kanaka the Bharadvaja
    (Sanskrit: Kanakabharadrja)
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Jinuji Bldush Znzh)

    In majestic grandeur,
    Joy descends from heaven.
    Raised the bowl to receive happiness,
    Glowing with jubilance and exultation.

    Raised Bowl Luohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Jb Luhn)

    04. Nandimitra
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Spntu Znzh)

    A seven-storey pagoda,
    Miraculous power of the Buddha.
    Forceful without being angry,
    With preeminent Buddhist might.

    Raised Pagoda Luohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Tuda Luhn)

    05. Nakula*
    (Sanskrit: Nakula/Pakula)
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Nujlu Znzh)

    Quietly cultivating the mind,
    A countenance calm and composed.
    Serene and dignified,
    To enter the Western Paradise.

    Meditating Lohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Jngzu Luhn)

    06. Bodhidharma
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Btulu Znzh)

    Bearing the sutras,
    Sail east to spread the world.
    Climbing mountains and fording streams,
    For the deliverance of the humanity.

    Overseas Lohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Guojing Luhn)

    07. Kalika
    (Sanskrit: Klika)
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Jilji Znzh)

    Riding an elephant with a dignified air,
    Chanting aloud the sutras.
    With a heart for the humanity,
    Eyes scanning the four corners of the universe.

    Elephant Riding Lohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Qxing Luhn)

    08. Vijraputra
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Fshlufdu Znzh)

    Playful and free of inhibitions,
    The lion cub leaps with joy.
    Easily alternating tension with relaxation,
    Rejoicing with all living things.

    Laughing Lion Lohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Xiosh Luhn)

    09. Gobaka
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Xbji Znzh)

    Open the heart and there is Buddha,
    Each displaying his prowess.
    The two should not compete,
    For Buddha's power is boundless.

    Open Heart Lohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Kixn Luhn)

    10. Pantha the Elder*
    (Sanskrit: Panthaka)
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Bntuji Znzh)

    Easy and comfortable,
    Yawning and stretching.
    In a state of omniscience,
    Contented with his own lot.

    Raised Hand Lohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Tnshu Luhn)

    11. Rahula
    (Sanskrit: Rhula)
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Luhlu Znzh)

    Pondering and meditating,
    Understanding it all.
    Above this world and free from conventions,
    Compassion conveyed up to the Ninth Heaven

    Thinking Lohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Chnsi Luhn)

    12. Nagasena
    (Sanskrit: Ngasena)
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Njixn Znzh)

    Leisurely and contented,
    Happy and knowledgeable.
    Full of wit and humour,
    Exuberant with interest.

    Scratch Ear Lohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Wr Luhn)

    13. Angida
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Ynjitu Znzh)

    Buddha of infinite life,
    Valuable bag containing secrets of heaven and earth.
    Happy and contented,
    Cheerful and joyful is he.

    Calico Bag Lohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Bdi Luhn)

    14. Vanavasa
    (Sanskrit: Vanavsa)
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Fnps Znzh)

    Carefree and leisurely,
    Disdainfully regards the Great Void.
    With celestial airs and religious spirit,
    Transcending this mortal world.

    Plantain Lohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Bjio Luhn)

    15. Asita
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: shdu Znzh)

    Compassionate elder,
    A monk who has attained enlightenment.
    Perceptive of the infinite universe,
    With tacit understanding.

    Long Eyebrow Lohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Chngmi Luhn)

    16. Pantha the Younger
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Zhch Bntuji Znzh)

    Powerful, husky and tough,
    Watching with careful alertness.
    With the Buddhist staff in hand.
    Valiantly annihilates the evil.

    Doorman Lohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Knmn Luhn)

    17. Nantimitolo+
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Qngyu Znzh)

    In the hands are the spiritual pearl and the holy bowl,
    Endowed with power that knows no bounds.
    Full of valour, vigour and awe-inspiring dignity,
    To succeed in vanquishing the ferocious dragon.

    Taming Dragon Lohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Xinglng Luhn)

    18. Pindola+
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Bntul Znzh)

    Precious ring with magical powers,
    Infinitely resourceful.
    Vigorous and powerful,
    Subduing a ferocious tiger.

    Taming Tiger Lohan (Chinese: ; pinyin: Fh Luhn)
     
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    Nice looking design...good video.

    Also, thanks for all the info.


    That's quite interesting being that Buddhism is supposed to be a philosophy rooted in peace (from what i understand of it).






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    means another level of Buddha. It is more on warrior type.
     
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    You mean like a warrior of goodness who righteously kills?

    But don't all warriors who kill plenty of people believe they are killing in the name of good and righteousness just like virtually all leaders of all countries believe when they order those under them to kill and murder that this is good and righteous killing? Similarly, Americans are seen just as much as "terrorists" by many people in countries the U.S. attacks and destabilizes as many American's see those we attack. After all, propaganda goes a much, much longer way when they can demonize people of brown skin who happen to hold different religious views as us and who want the resources of their own lands as much as the greedy elites in the U.S. wants those resources. But I digress.

    I'm not saying that maybe there isn't an objective truth, but humans are so skilled at rationalizing any sort of egregious behavior that it makes it hard work to get to the objective truth of matters like those that I've raised.




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    Buddhism has many rules. One of the rules is no killing even on animal. Lohan is warrior to protect the religious. They do not means for killing. This is the different.
     
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    Great dialogue. I wish I ordered a 100 of these. LOL. I love the history. The story. The details. I can't wait to see the 2nd one in the series. Can you say, yum, yum? :))

    02. Kanaka the Vatsa
    (Sanskrit: Kanakavatsa)
    (Chinese: ; pinyin: Jinuji Fcu Znzh)

    "Decimating the demons, the universe now cleared. Hands raised for jubuilation, Be wild with joy."
     
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    Regarding the Lohans: Referring to them as "hit man" of Buddhas is totally WRONG. It will take pages and pages to tell the story/explain the fact about Lohans, so I will just make it short.

    Lohans: According to Buddhism books, Lohans are 'warriors/killers' that got converted/enlightened by Buddhas and eventually follow Buddhas teaching. They are commoner like us, who did a lot of killing/bad/evil things but they decided to stop, turn around and do all the good deeds, follow the teaching and practice Buddhism. They are lessons/examples to show/prove to us that no matter how bad our actions are, we all can be enlightened, we all can attain higher state of enlightenment, just like those Lohans did. The 18 Lohans represent 18 common 'bad deeds/actions that we commonly do.

    Also, Lohans is one of the many enlightenment levels which a Buddhist can attain (have to go through before reaching the state of enlightenment called Buddhas).

    I hope this will clear out some perceptions about Lohans.
     
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    Awesome insights SA4H. This is very helpful insights. I think my friend from China needs to be corrected. Now that I know the true story, it makes this series even more compelling for me. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Brass Lohan pictures and video. 3000 Brass Planned, actual 200 (??). I hear that a 300g Silver piece will be coming out soon. Mintage: 30. #2 Lohan is coming out in Nov.

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    Lohan Series.

    1. This will continue. The goal is to have all 17 complete within 3 - 4 years time.
    2. There will be Antique Silver (80g and 300g). 80g will be 999 PLANNED Mintage; and 300g will be 30 Planned mintage
    3. There will be Brass. (3000 planned mintage)
    4. The 300g Silver for 1st in Series will be out end of Sept - mid-Oct. It will prove to be in exceptional quality, just like the 80g.
    5. 2nd in series should be out around Oct/Nov.

    If you have any questions, please let me know, and I'll get the answers. Have a great weekend.
     
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    Barsenault, when will the website www.ChineseMedals.com be live? I checked about a week ago and it appeared not to be up and running as of then.




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    Hi mmissinglink, our webpage will go live next week. It will have some sell items and new stuff. Eye on it.

    The sell items are limited with low price.

    cheers
     
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    So I won't be so offtopic... :p.... @Andy, what happened with your eBay profile?:)
     
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    Ebay always higher price due to the ebay fee.

    Generally we will sell regular customer and webpage. Ebay just another channel to display and sell stuff. No wise to buy from ebay if you know me and Bob.

    Just text us will do ;)
     
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    Got my Lohan (in Ag) in today. NGC 69.

    Wow, very cool!


    Pleasantly surprised at the stacked ultra-high relief. Much more prominent in person.

    Glad to have it in the collection!


    The brass version is definitely on my wish list.
     
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    Will send 2 set to grade and still soon.

    Stuff on the way to bob
     
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    No wonder it's taking so long to get my medals back from NGC...you people are sending in too many medals ahead of me - stop it already!

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