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Footprints of the Buddha
October 5, 2018

This woodblock print would have been a relatively affordable image that a Mongol traveler might have brought back as a souvenir from a pilgrimage to Wutaishan, a holy mountain in North China sacred to Chinese and Tibetan Buddhists [...]

Green Tara
September 28, 2018

This jewel of a sculpture portrays the most popular and widely venerated female deity in Himalayan Buddhist culture, Green Tara [...]

Prayer Beads
September 21, 2018

In Tibetan Buddhism prayer beads are used to count the recitations of prayers and devotional invocations (mantras), a process that allows the practitioner to accumulate merit [...]

Untitled (Wheel of Existence)
August 10, 2018

This multi-artist work is a contemporary, secular interpretation of the Wheel of Existence, a visual representation of Buddhist beliefs about life, death, and rebirth [...]

Padmasambhava
July 13, 2018

Padmasambhava, “lotus-born,” an Indian teacher said to have been miraculously born in a lotus flower, is revered by all Tibetan Buddhist traditions [...]

Yaksha General Anila
June 29, 2018

This painting is part of a lavish set depicting each of the Fifty-One Deities of the Mandala of the Medicine Buddha, who is the focus of practices promoting health [...]

Padmasambhava as Tsokye Dorje or Orgyen Dorjechang
June 22, 2018

This silk appliqué figure is one of eight manifestations of Padmasambhava around a larger central image of the Buddhist master as a part of a giant silk appliqué [...]

Ritual Dance Mask of Padmasambhava as Nyima Ozer
June 8, 2018

Over the course of his legendary life, Padmasambhava, known as the Second Buddha in Tibet, gained many names associated with his virtuous actions at different times [...]

Prayer Wheel
June 1, 2018

In Tibetan Buddhist culture, those who are unable to read are instructed to spin a “wheel” filled with thousands of inscribed mantras, or mani, written on paper tightly wrapped around a central pole inside a cylinder that encases them [...]

Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara in His Pure Land, Mount Potalaka
May 25, 2018

Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion and the patron deity of Tibet, presides over his celestial dwelling of Mount Potalaka, believed to be an island off the coast of Western India [...]

Buddha Amitabha in Sukhavati, the Western Paradise
May 18, 2018

Buddha Amitabha, or Buddha of Boundless Light, presides over the pure realm of Sukhavati (the Realm of Bliss), one of five buddha fields, each with a resident guiding Buddha [...]

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