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Buddha Shakyamuni
January 18, 2017

Buddha Shakyamuni is the most represented image in Buddhism. In Tibetan Buddhist culture [...]

Teacher Atisha
January 11, 2017

Atisha was one of the most famous Indian teachers. He was invited to teach by religious kings of Western Tibet. This sculpture depicts [...]

Butter Lamp Stand
January 4, 2017

Offering stands are another type of shrine furniture. This example has open sides and a front carved with jewels and floral motifs [...]

December 28, 2016

Female deity Tara is popular in all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. This painting depicts [...]

Refuge Field
December 21, 2016

This painting represents the field of accumulation of merit in which all of the teachers of a specific tradition [...]

December 14, 2016

Vajrasattva is both a highly accomplished bodhisattva and a primordial buddha who is often invoked to purify the errors made during ritual and other religious practices. His name means [...]

Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon
December 7, 2016

The narrative of the Hindu goddess Durga—her assembling the weapons of all the gods and overcoming the demigod Mahisha, who endangered the order of the world—is represented here at [...]

The Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngagwang Lobzang Gyatso (1617-1682)
November 30, 2016

The Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngagwang Lobzang Gyatso (1617–1682), depicted here holding a lotus and a vase of longevity, was the first theocratic ruler of a [...]

November 23, 2016

At first glance this sculpture appears to represent the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, who has a lotus as his symbol. However, closer inspection reveals that the figure once held a [...]

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
November 16, 2016

The Bodhisattva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, is one of the most popular deities in Nepal, where 108 forms of him are known. In his simplest form, extending his right hand in the gesture of giving and [...]

November 9, 2016

This bronze of the protector deity Mahakala presents him as “the Excellent One,” a particularly fierce form with a large head, gaping mouth, heavy coat and boots, and [...]