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Udhyana-type Standing Buddha
February 22, 2017

This sculpture of Buddha Shakyamuni represents him in a form that is believed to be modeled on the first image of the Buddha. That image was created [...]

Offering Table
February 15, 2017

Offering tables like this are used for placing offerings and ritual implements for a lama or ritual specialist to use during ceremonies [...]

Tibetan Shrine Cabinet
February 1, 2017

To properly present statues in a private place of worship Tibetan Buddhists create special cabinets called “Dharma displays” or “Dharma placements” (Tibetan: chosham). They usually resemble [...]

Manjushri Namasamgiti
January 25, 2017

A tantric bodhisattva and a deity associated with wisdom Manjushri in this form is the focus of practice of all Tibetan Buddhist traditions. He is also [...]

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 [...]