• Art of the Week
UFO (Unidentified Fettering Organization) No. 2
October 25, 2019

Following the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on April 20, 2015, artist Tsherin Sherpa returned to his home city of Kathmandu. There he initiated a body of work that [...]

Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room: Kagyu Tradition Installation
October 18, 2019

The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room is reopening and featuring a different Buddhist tradition: Kagyu, or Precept Transmissions, which grew from lineages of transmitted[...]

October 11, 2019

With an artistic practice spanning drawing, painting, sculpture, and video, artist Shiva Ahmadi references miniature painting as well as the iconography of various religious traditions and contemporary cultural events to narrate universal human conditions. [...]

Spiral Incense
October 4, 2019

Have you ever wanted to bring a piece of art home from a museum? Rubin visitors have this rare opportunity with Spiral Incense [...]

Mount Mehru
September 27, 2019

The mythical Mount Meru, represented in this small Tibetan Buddhist model, has cosmic significance in three major South Asian religions—Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism—all of which deem it to be the center of the universe [...]

Tsangpa Karpo
September 20, 2019

Tsangpa Karpo is associated with the Indian creator god Brahma, who is the power behind all the visible forces of nature [...]

Model of the Mahabodhi Temple
September 13, 2019

According to Buddhist tradition, Bodhgaya was the place where the Buddha meditated under the bodhi tree and attained enlightenment [...]

Wish-Fulfilling Tree
September 6, 2019

What sources of power might we find in the places that surround us? The natural environment wields its own power and can challenge us in extreme ways, as with the earthquake that devastated Nepal in 2015 [...]

Clapping With Stones
August 30, 2019

Lida Abdul’s film Clapping with Stones (2005) explores Afghan resistance to the ongoing geopolitical and religious conflicts that have devastated their country in recent times [...]

Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje (1284–1339) and Other Luminaries of the Rime “Non-Sectarian” Movement
August 23, 2019

Tibet’s different traditions of Buddhism have sometimes conflicted with one another in the course of history. The creators of this unusual painting were part of a movement to transcend these differences [...]

Vajradhara with Mahasiddhas
August 16, 2019

Mahasiddhas or the great tantric masters were true non-conformists of the Tantric Buddhist tradition. They resisted the comforts and strict supervision of Indian monastic living and instead practiced in impure, terrifying locations like cemeteries and cremation grounds [...]

Takla Membar
August 9, 2019

Although Buddhism is the predominant religion in Tibet, other religions are also influential, especially Bon. Bon is often described as the indigenous religion of Tibet, though its own narratives say that it came from the western kingdom of Zhangzhung [...]