• Art of the Week
Agni, God of Fire
November 18, 2015

This banner is part of a set of works dedicated to the various deities found in the mandala of the Medicine Buddha. Agni is the ancient Indian god of fire [...]

November 11, 2015

The stupa is a symbol found across all Buddhist traditions. It originated in India as a mound made to hold sacred remains, like those of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni [...]

Baudhanath Stupa
November 4, 2015

This image shows a stupa located in Kathmandu, Nepal. A stupa is a Buddhist symbol derived from earthen mounds that housed relics of the Buddha. Stupas later became associated with [...]

Kailash #75
October 28, 2015

Mount Kailash, a 6,656 meter peak in western Tibet, is worshiped as a holy place in four different religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Bon, the indigenous religion of Tibet [...]

Sacred Earthly Realms and Paradises
October 21, 2015

In this painting Tibet is depicted as a terrestrial paradise, much like the hidden land of Shambhala, a heavenly realm believed to be concealed on our world [...]

Unrevealed, Site 2 (Red Masthead)
October 14, 2015

In 2002 the New York–based artist Lisa Ross traveled to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, beginning a ten-year journey through the Taklamakan Desert [...]

Wheel of Existence
October 7, 2015

The Wheel of Existence is a ubiquitous visual teaching tool in the Buddhist world that explains the cyclical process of life, death, and rebirth (samsara). It is directed at a general public and can be found [...]

Four Mandalas of the Vajravali Cycle
September 30, 2015

This exquisite thangka is the thirteenth painting in a set depicting the mandalas of the Vajravali cycle, a compendium of Esoteric teachings compiled by the eleventh-century Indian master Abhayakaragupta [...]

Lotus Mandala of Hevajra
September 23, 2015

Lotus mandalas count among the most fascinating objects of Esoteric Buddhist art. These three-dimensional representations of deity palaces typically feature [...]

Ritual Ewer
September 16, 2015

Ewers such as this are used for pouring liquid offerings during daily offerings, initiation ceremonies, and other rituals. This ewer could have been part of a monastic setting or [...]