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In 2018, the future is both present and projected from the past at the Rubin Museum of Art, with a new exhibition that tells the story of the legendary Indian master Padmasambhava. Celebrated by Tibetans as “The Second Buddha,” Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born, is believed to have been instrumental in converting the land and people of Tibet to Buddhism. His legends carry universal relevance about triumph over obstacles, the power of human emotions, transformation, impermanence, achieving liberation from life and death, and notions of time””all of which transcend specific cultures and eras.

The Second Buddha brings together 41 works of art from the 13th to 20th century along with interactive technology to help reveal what is hidden. To learn more visit the exhibition page.

Curated by Elena Pakhoutova

Support for The Second Buddha: Master of Time is made possible in part by Bob and Lois Baylis, The Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Lisina M. Hoch, and contributors to the 2018 Exhibitions Fund.

The Second Buddha: Master of Time is organized by The Rubin Museum of Art and The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College.

Image Credit
Padmasambhava; Tibet; 19th century; pigments on cloth; h. 27 5/8 x 20 1/4 in. (70.16 x 51.4 cm); Rubin Museum of Art; Gift of Shelley and Donald Rubin; C2006.66.530 (HAR 1003).