• Art of the Week
Wind-Powered Prayer Wheel
April 19, 2019

Tibetan prayer wheels combine devotion and technological inventiveness to release into the world the beneficial intentions of the thousands of mantras contained within. According to one story of their origin, the philosopher Nagarjuna obtained the prayer wheel from[...]

Eleventh Abbot of Ngor, Sanggye Sengge (1504-1569)
April 12, 2019

The back of this thangka encapsulates Buddhist belief expressed in mantras and dharanis (longer sacred formulas), which convey the intentions of the religious master Sanggye Sengge [...]

April 5, 2019

Avalokiteshvara is considered a bodhisattva who embodies compassion. All bodhisattvas give rise to an intention, known as bodhicitta, to pursue awakening for the sake of all beings [...]

Marichi Goddess of the Dawn
March 29, 2019

The Buddhist goddess Marichi appears in many forms. As the Goddess of the Dawn, one of her most common forms, she is depicted her in the chariot of the sun pulled by seven pigs, removing obstacles with her radiant light [...]

Daughter of the Himalayas, Parvati (Uma)
March 22, 2019

Mountains are a common site for ascetic practices in Buddhism and Hinduism, an ideal place of retreat where a spiritual adept can escape the [...]​

Green Tara
March 15, 2019

Tara is by far the most popular goddess in Tibet and often considered a female Buddha. In one of her origin stories, the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is [...]

Durga Killing the Buffalo Demon
March 8, 2019

In their battle against the demons, all the male gods of the Hindu pantheon were unable to defeat the defiant Mahishasura, who had [...]​

March 1, 2019

The charnel ground or cremation site is considered a powerful place for practice in Tantric Buddhism, due to its proximity to [...]​

Red Avalokiteshvara, the all-seeing lord of the world
January 25, 2019

One of the most recognizable mantras in the world is om mani padme hum. While many know it, not all realize that it is associated with the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara [...]

Ritual Peg, Kila
January 18, 2019

This exquisitely crafted three-sided ritual dagger was never used in battle, but was still an effective weapon in esoteric meditation and ritual practices [...]

Mandala of Guhyasamaja, Akshobhyavajra
January 11, 2019

Mandalas play an important part in Buddhist practices, symbolizing the cosmos as the divine palace of a deity who commands his or her retinue ​[...]

Wheel of Life
January 4, 2019

The Wheel of Life is a Tibetan Buddhist visualization of the human condition within the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth [...]