Building a Sand Mandala


Building a mandala requires the monks’ total dedication and perseverance. Both motivational prayers and dedication prayers are said daily throughout the entire process. Just by observing the monks’  actions we understand how the mandala expresses the Buddha’s teachings. Without a single word, they display the six perfections: concentration, patience, loyalty, joyful effort, wisdom, and generosity. Created by monks, these […]

Buddha’s Crown Protrusion


Each of the Buddha’s thirty two excellent signs  derives from karmic causes and conditions. For example, his crown protrusion: (23) The top of his head has a crown-protrusion (gtsug-tor, Skt.ushnisha), made of radiant flesh, round and circling clockwise. When seen from a distance, it seems to be four finger-widths high, but upon closer scrutiny, its […]

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Tibet and India


Tibet and India Buddhist Traditions and Transformations February 8–June 8, 2014 This exhibition singles out two periods when the Buddhist Tibetan tradition drew from outside influences to develop new vocabularies of form. In the eleventh and twelfth centuries, after a period of political and religious disruption, contact with the great monasteries of North India led […]

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Lost Kingdoms


Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century April 14–July 27, 2014 This is the first international loan exhibition to explore the sculptural art produced in the earliest kingdoms of Southeast Asia. From the first millennium onward, powerful kingdoms emerged in the region, embracing much of Indic culture to give political and religious […]