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Shakyamuni Buddha
August 2, 2019

Buddhists believe that the mind has the power to trap us or to liberate us [...]

Vajrapani Trampling Snakes
July 26, 2019

Vajrapani is the tantric deity who holds the vajra, the indestructible thunderbolt and short scepter, the implement of actively compassionate methods [...]

Vajrayogini
July 19, 2019

Vajrayogini is omniscient buddhahood in female form. She is associated with wisdom, which is usually considered a feminine force in Buddhism. Although the [...]

Initiation of Qubilai Khan and Offering Tibet to Phakpa in 1264
July 12, 2019

A key political moment—as understood by later Tibetans and Asian emperors—is depicted in this portrait of Phakpa (1235–1280) empowering [...]

Tara Protecting from the Eight Fears
June 28, 2019

Tibet’s most beloved buddha, Tara represents a more peaceful and outwardly benevolent aspect of female power than the fierce goddesses likeDurga or Vajrayogini [...]

Red-and-Black-Faced Yamari
June 21, 2019

Dharma protectors are often invoked not only to wield their power aggressively but also to resist and repel other powers defensively [...]

Vajra
June 14, 2019

The vajra is the essential symbol of the secret tantric path in Buddhism, which is known as the Vajrayana, the vajra vehicle [...]

Lotus Mandala of Hevajra
June 7, 2019

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

Phakpa Lokeshvara of Lhasa
May 31, 2019

Tibet’s history has been shaped by its national patron deity Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion [...]

Metamorphy
May 17, 2019

Blessings spread and disseminate around the world through physical contact with sacred Buddhist objects such as relics and prayer wheels. The interactive work Metamorphy (2014), created by [...]

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in the Tradition of King Songtsen Gampo
May 10, 2019

Although lamas’ footprints often appear on Tibetan paintings, the large size and elongated toes of the footprints in this artwork suggest that they represent footprints made by the Buddha Shakyamuni [...]

Pierced Handheld Prayer Wheel
May 3, 2019

The Tibetan prayer wheel contains positive intentions in the form of mantras, and relies on the power of touch to activate these intentions [...]

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