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Encountering the Buddha: Art & Practice Across Asia

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Highlighted objects from a new, three-year exhibition of Buddhist art opening October 14, 2017 at the Freer|Sackler Galleries.

Encounter Buddhist art through the lens of spiritual practice and the perspectives of practitioners. Drawing on the Freer|Sackler's collections from across Asia, this exhibition expands the understanding of Buddhism in Asian art through both beautiful objects and immersive spaces. Visitors can step into a Tibetan Buddhist shrine, travel the Buddhist world with an eighth-century Korean monk, visit a Sri Lankan stupa, meet teachers and guardians, and discover multiple buddhas and bodhisattvas. Encountering the Buddha illuminates the ways in which art and place embody and express the teachings of Buddhism.

Gautama Buddha

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Head of a Buddha

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The Buddhas Prabhutaratna and Sakyamuni seated sided by side

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Medicine Buddha Baishajyaguru

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Kadampa stupa (chorten)

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Bosatsu

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Head of a Bodhisattva

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The Bodhisattva Milo (Sanskrit Maitreya), seated in "Pensive Pose"

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Prajnaparamita

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Vasudhara, Goddess of Abundance

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Padmasambhava

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Figure of a Buddhist monk standing on a lotus

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