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Thangka Depicting Vajrabhairava (1740) This thangka, a type of Tibetan painting that uses ground mineral pigment on cotton or silk, shows Yamantaka Vajrabhairava, a deity in the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. He is shown with nine heads (the largest … Continue reading
Horace Bristol: The New Moon, January 1, 1946 During the Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri [“Saidaiji Temple Naked Festival”] in Okayama, participants wear only a Japanese loincloth called a fundoshi as they compete to find one of two camphor-scented batons that … Continue reading
Map, frontispiece, and cover of the Royal State Railways’s Guide to Bangkok with Notes on Siam (1928); the frontispiece shows Wat Arun at night.
Larung Gar, Tibet (32.1356°N 100.4565°E) Hundreds of dwellings—all painted in a vibrant red color—make up Larung Gar, the world’s largest Buddhist institute. The settlement is located in a remote valley in Tibet and contains a population that has grown to … Continue reading
The Mogao Caves, carved into cliffs near the town of Dunhuang in northwest China, date from the 4th to the 14th century AD and lay along the ancient trade route known as the Silk Road. There are about 500 of them, … Continue reading
The Lotus Sutra is one of the central texts in the Mahayana tradition of Buddhism and, for some, is thought to contain the complete and final teaching of the Buddha. It was composed at the turn of the millennium. In … Continue reading
Sukhi Barber: Emanation (2016) (source)
Detail of the Manjushri Mandala at the Temple of the Great Translator, Nako, late eleventh to early twelfth century. The monumental paintings that have survived in the Guge caves and temple-monasteries guide the meditating monk, also the casual visitor, through … Continue reading