From an exhibition at: Norton Simon Museum March 28–Aug. 25, 2014 Buddha Shakyamuni or Akshobhya Nepal, 13th century, Gilt-copper alloy, 13-3/4 x 10-1/4 in. (34.9 x 26 cm) Norton Simon Art Foundation.
Then, on the desire side we shall see, if we analyse it, that attachment develops owing to seeing something beautiful — beautiful colour, beautiful shape, beautiful hair, nose, eyes, mouth — it is like that, isn’t it? Now, there are two types of love and compassion and one type is conditioned — ‘beautiful face, beautiful body, beautiful sound,’ — that kind of love is greatly conditioned. As soon as these conditions disappear, then no more love!
In Enter the Mandala, a series of mandala paintings align the gallery with the cardinal directions—north, south, east and west—transforming the open gallery space into an architectural mandala.
Dalai Lama gives the Opening Prayer in the U.S. Senate 6 May 2014
Images of Tibetan Buddhist religious rituals and artefacts from Ulaanbaatar Mongolia. Photographs taken around 1930.
More wonderful old (1930s) photographs of ceremonial musical instruments from Tibet and Mongolia. From British Library #endangeredarchives project…
The Buddha wisdom, which is beyond imagination, naturally appears in the mandala in the five different kinds of enlightenment, or five wisdoms. This is known as the five Buddha families. These five contain the possibility of both confusion and wisdom, samsara and enlightenment…
Images of monasteries in Mongolia (most of them destroyed in 1930s).
Some more photographs from the British Library #endangeredarchives project.