• Art of the Week
White Tara with Long Life Deities
December 28, 2018

As a female buddha, Tara works for the benefit of all beings and has many manifestations. This form, known as White Tara, bestows longevity [...]

Tangtong Gyelpo
December 21, 2018

This luxuriously draped figure is the 14th–15th century yogi Tangtong Gyelpo. He is reputed to have lived to the age of 124, perhaps with help from the long-life vase he holds in his lap and the medicine in his right hand [...]

Ushnishavijaya and Celebration of Old Age (Jyatha Janko)
December 14, 2018

This painting depicts the Bhimarata rite and its auspicious wishes for the elder’s future life [...]

Amitayus Buddha
December 7, 2018

Amitayus is the Buddha of Infinite Life, and he can be recognized by the vase he holds in his lap [...]

Peaceful & Wrathful Deities of the Bardo (Detail of Wrathful Deities)
November 30, 2018

The bardo teachings encourage those who reach this state to realize the true nature of the visions and free oneself from the cycle of birth and death. If the peaceful deities are not recognized, then visions of the wrathful deities appear [...]

Peaceful and Wrathful Deities of the Bardo (detail of Peaceful Deities)
November 23, 2018

At the moment of death, according to Buddhist belief, we have an opportunity to attain an enlightened state of mind [...]

Detail of Padmasambhava: Transference of Consciousness
November 16, 2018

In this painting, the legendary tantric master Padmasambhava is surrounded by vignettes featuring his various emanations protecting beings from[...]

Five Cosmogenic Elements: Illuminations of the Transitional States of Death (Bardo)
November 9, 2018

This is the uppermost page of a manuscript that illustrates the contents of the Bardo Thodrolknown as the Tibetan Book of the Dead in the West [...]

Ritual Empowerment Text & Illuminated Manuscript
November 2, 2018

This illuminated manuscript contains the instructions that a lama gives to practitioners, teaching them how to navigate the intermediate state between death and rebirth known as the bardo [...]

Ushnisavijaya and the Celebration of Old Age (Bhimaratha Ritual)
October 26, 2018

This exquisitely crafted gilded repoussé plaque depicts a special birthday celebration common in the Kathmandu Valley, known as the Bhimaratha (Chariot) Ritual [...]

The Road to Sanchi
October 19, 2018

In The Road to Sanchi (2016), artist Ghiora Aharoni transforms obsolete taxi meters with video screens that capture his travels to sacred sites throughout India for Hindus, Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists [...]

Dorje Drolo, One of Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava (detail)
October 12, 2018

Dorje Drolo, or the Wrathful Vajra, is one of the 8 manifestations of the legendary Buddhist master Padmasambhava [...]