• Art of the Week
Drenpa Namkha
August 26, 2015

Drenpa Namkha, from the Zhang Zhung region of the Himalayan Plateau, is regarded as an emanation of the founder of Tibet’s Bon religion, Tonpa Shenrab. Comparable to Buddhism’s Padmasambhava [...]

August 19, 2015

Padmasambhava, an Indian teacher said to have been miraculously born inside of a lotus flower—hence his name, which means “lotus-born”—is revered by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He is credited with [...]

Treasure Revealer Terdak Lingpa (1646 – 1714)
August 12, 2015

This is an engaging portrait of Terdak Lingpa Gyurme Dorje (1646–1714), the founder of Mindroling Monastery, which came to be regarded as the chief monastery of the Nyingma School [...]

Phakmodrupa (1110 – 1170) With Episodes From His Lives
August 5, 2015

In the center of this early and well-preserved painting is the great teacher Phakmodrupa Dorje Gyalpo (1110–1170). He is flanked by two columns featuring scenes of his previous lives, including his life as a monkey [...]

Fourth Demo Rinpoche, Lhawang Gyaltsen (1631 – 1668)
July 29, 2015

This monumental and imposing painting pays homage to Lhawang Tenpai Gyaltsen (1631–1668), the Fourth Demo Rinpoche, a high incarnate lama of the Geluk order. In 1653 [...]

Amulet Box (Gau)
July 22, 2015

This amulet box (gau) would have been filled with religious contents to protect the wearer as well as serve as a portable shrine. The central window of such an amulet usually reveals [...]

Begtse Chen
July 15, 2015

Begtse Chen is one of the main protectors of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism and especially revered in Mongolia. He is named for [...]

Magzor Gyalmo, Queen Who Repels Armies
July 8, 2015

Magzor Gyalmo (Mongolian: Chog tegulder okin tngri), Queen Who Repels Armies, is a wrathful emanation of the goddess Sarasvati and the special protector of the Dalai Lamas [...]

Marichi, Goddess of the Dawn
July 1, 2015

The Buddhist goddess Marichi appears in many forms. As the Goddess of the Dawn, one of her most common forms, depicts her in the chariot of the sun pulled by [...]

Green Tara
June 24, 2015

This sculpture is attributed to the hand of Choying Dorje (1604–1674), the Tenth Karmapa, who was head of the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. An eccentric [...]

Snake Goddess Manasa
June 17, 2015

The central figure on this small stone stele is Manasa, a goddess venerated in the Hindu traditions of Bengal in northeastern India. She is worshiped primarily for her ability to prevent and cure snakebites [...]

Dancing Red Ganapati
June 10, 2015

At the center of this work is the red, twelve-armed, dancing Ganapati standing on a jewel-spitting rat, a form of the elephant-headed deity known only in [...]