The Tibetan Shrine from the
Alice S. Kandell Collection
This extraordinary Tibetan Buddhist shrine room is on public display for the first time. Acknowledged by practicing Buddhists as a sacred space, this shrine room contains hundreds of superb works of Buddhist art created between the twelfth and nineteenth centuries, including bronze sculptures, thangkas (scroll paintings), ritual objects, textile banners, and painted furniture.
In the Realm of the Buddha | March 13–July 18, 2010 | Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Also watch a time lapse video of a Tibetan sand mandala.
Buddhist monk and mandala master Venerable Ngawang Chojor created a in the Sackler pavilion March 13–21, 2010. A mandala is a two-dimensional representation of a three-dimensional palace that exists in the mind of the artist; it is considered a place where Buddhist deities reside. The intricate process of creating a mandala, which requires great patience and focus, serves as an aid to Buddhist meditation. Upon completion the mandala was consecrated, then swept up and dispersed to signify the impermanent nature of existence.
The ritual was captured by a camera mounted on a platform directly above the mandala. Images shot at five-minute intervals were merged to create time lapse movie so you need to restart now and again.