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Visions of Enlightenment: Arts of Buddhism
Pacific Asia Museum
An excellent site for students, with many additional resources for teachers. Text essays with images on the following four topics: 1) The Perfected One: The Buddha; 2) Compassionate Beings: Bodhisattvas, Deities, Guardians, Holy Men; 3) Buddhist Places; and 4) Signs, Symbols, Ritual Objects. Also features an extensive glossary of Buddhist-related terms and an excellent interactive map and timeline outlining the life of the Buddha and the spread of Buddhism. Can be viewed in Flash or HTML.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.pacificasiamuseum.org/buddhism/index.htm
 
The Art of Asia: Buddhism
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Provides an excellent short history of Buddhism from India to Japan illustrated with art from the MIA's collection. The four main topics are: 1) Origins of Buddhism; 2) Who's Who in Heaven; 3) Guide to Buddhist Sects; and 4) Guide to the Yamantaka Mandala, which includes a short video documentary of a mandala being created and consecrated. There is also a short video on Japanese Buddhism; eight featured objects, each accompanied by an interview with an MIA curator explaining the meaning of the work; and a glossary.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/buddhism/
 
Buddhism
Victoria and Albert Museum
A collection of special features about Buddhism. Includes 6 main topics, each with extensive text and several related images: 1) Buddhism & the Life of the Buddha; 2) Buddhist Cave Temple Sculpture; 3) Buddhist Community Views on Objects in the Collection; 4) Iconography of the Buddha; 5) The Radiant Buddha; 6) The Wheel of Rebirth. Plus a special teacher's resource for Buddhism (Buddhism: Art and Design and Religious Education) and a bibliography.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/asia/asia_features/buddhism/index.html
 
The Art of Buddhism: A Teacher's Guide
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
An illustrated 108-page teacher's guide in .pdf format, in three parts. Go to middle of HTML page and select Part I, Part II, and Part III to download the guide. Includes five main chapters: 1) Overview of Buddhism; 2) Birth of Buddhism in India; 3) Buddhism in China: A Process of Transformation; 4) Japanese Buddhism: Selective Adaptation; 5) Buddhism Today. Buddhist art from India, Tibet, China, and Japan is used to highlight points throughout the text. Also included are a vocabulary list, four lesson plans, and an extensive list of resources about Buddhsim.

Go to Museum Resource: https://www.asia.si.edu/explore/teacherResources/ArtofBuddhism1.pdf
 
The Art of Buddhism: Gallery Guide
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
An illustrated online guide that "briefly introduces a few key points about Buddhism in India, Tibet, China, and Japan and presents examples of the majestic holdings of Buddhist art in the Freer and Sackler galleries."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/buddhism/
 
Life of the Buddha
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief overview of the life of the historical Buddha. With links interspersed throughout the text to 20 artworks from the museum’s collection that illustrate various aspects of the historical Buddha’s life story.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/buda/hd_buda.htm
 
Asian Odyssey Lesson Plans: Buddhism
The Cleveland Museum of Art
16 lesson plans related to Buddhism. Lesson plans are in .pdf format, and all use images from the Cleveland Museum's collection of Asian art.

Go to Museum Resource: http://69.20.61.107/educef/asianodyssey/html/Buddhism.html
 
Buddhist Art and the Trade Routes
Asia Society
An extensive site, covering three main topics: 1) Trade Routes; 2) Buddhism and its Imagery; and 3) India: Origins of Buddhist Art. Also discusses the Buddhist art of specific regions -- Korea/Japan; China/Mongolia; Himalayas; Southeast Asia; and Sri Lanka. With maps, images, a glossary of terms, and bibliography.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asiasocietymuseum.org/buddhist_trade/index.html
 
Cave as Canvas: Hidden Images of Worship Along the Ancient Silk Routes
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Buddhist Cave Temples in Chinese Central Asia along the Silk Routes. A discussion of the Buddhist rock-cut caves at Qizil (or Kizil), near the city of Kucha. With eight detail images of the paintings at Qizil, along with descriptions addressing style, influence, and iconography, plus an architectural diagram of a typical Kuchean Buddhist cave temple.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/cave/
 
The Caves of the Thousand Buddhas
The British Museum
An introduction to the "Caves of the Thousand Buddhas," or Qianfodong, "situated at Mogao, about 25 kilometres southeast of the oasis town of Dunhuang in Gansu province, western China, in the middle of the desert. ... At some point in the early 11th century, an incredible archive - with up to 50,000 documents, hundreds of paintings, together with textiles and other artefacts - was sealed up in one of the caves. Its entrance concealed behind a wall painting, the cave remained hidden from sight for centuries, until 1900, when it was discovered by Wang Yuanlu, a Daoist monk who had appointed himself abbot and guardian of the caves." With 19 images, each with explanatory text.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/asia/caves_of_the_1000_buddha...
 
Monks and Merchants: Silk Road Treasures from Northwest China, Gansu and Ningxia, 4th-7th Century
Asia Society
Features more than 35 objects organized into the following topics: 1) Heavenly Horses; 2) Nomadic Rulers; 3) Buddhism and China; 4) Buddhist Cave Temples; 5) Bodhisattvas; 6) Monks; 7) Merchants and Currencies; 8) The Tang Dynasty. Each topic has overview text, and each object is accompanied by short descriptive text. An additional topic on the Silk Road itself gives extensive background information on the geographical, historical, religious, and cultural context of the Silk Road.

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/monksandmerchants/index.html
 
Art Access: Art of India, Himalayas, and Southeast Asia
The Art Institute of Chicago
This introduction to the art of South and Southeast Asia features 15 representative objects (mostly Hindu and Buddhist sculptures) from the Art Institute's collection. The objects have good descriptive text with links to an excellent glossary and maps. The site also includes four lesson plans (specifically for grade levels 1-3, 4-8, 7-8, and 9-12, but adaptable for all age groups). Each lesson plan includes a list of the fulfilled Illinois Learning Standards for that plan, and the lesson plan Divine Faith Discussion lists some Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic places of worship in the Chicago area. There is also a Family Activities section (with hands-on activities for younger children) and a bibliography of books and media.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artic.edu/artaccess/AA_India/index.html
 
Buddhism and Buddhist Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
An overview of the development of Buddhism and Buddhist art in South Asia from the 1st century BCE to the 6th century CE. With images of 10 related sculptures.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/budd/hd_budd.htm
 
Recognizing the Gods
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A guide to the iconography of Hindu and Buddhist deities in South Asian sculpture. Discusses specific poses, hand gestures, postures, vehicles, and accoutrements. With images of 11 related artworks and an explanatory drawing of five mudras (hand gestures).

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/gods/hd_gods.htm
 
Sacred Texts: The Gandharan Scrolls
The British Library
These fragments "from an extraordinary collection of birch bark writings from ancient Gandhara in present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan may represent the oldest surviving Buddhist texts (and also the oldest South Asian manuscripts) ever discovered." Featuring excellent high-resolution images of the scroll fragments, along with background information about Buddhism, the kingdom of Gandhara, and the significance of these particular scrolls.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/gandhara.html
 
Buddhism
University of Washington, Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization
"This unit offers evidence of how Buddhism changed China's visual culture, showing the evolution of images of deities, plus views of temples and people practicing Buddhism." A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization was prepared by University of Washington history professor Patricia Buckley Ebrey. With questions for discussion, timelines, maps, and suggested readings. Select HOME to find link to teachers' guides for all topics featured on the website.

Go to Museum Resource: http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv/bud/5budhism.htm
 
Return of the Buddha: The Qingzhou Discoveries
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
"In 1996 a chance discovery in Qingzhou ... in the northeastern province of Shangdong, brought to light an incredible buried treasure. Workers leveling a school sports field stumbled upon a pit brimming with hundreds of broken, but otherwise well-preserved, sixth-century Buddhist statues." Content organized into five topics -- Discovery (about the excavation), Color, Styles, Gallery (featuring 9 sculptures), and Resources (links to related websites).

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/returnofbuddha/base.html
 
Sacred Texts: The Diamond Sutra
The British Library
The British Library's copy of the Diamond Sutra, printed in China and dating to 868 CE, is the world's earliest dated, printed book. A central text of Indian Buddhism, the Diamond Sutra was first translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in about 400 CE. This webpage gives background information on Buddhism, sutras, and the significance of the Diamond Sutra. There is also a link to detailed information about this particular copy of the Sutra, as well as excellent images and even a "Turning Pages" feature that gives viewers a close-up look at the Sutra.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/sacredtexts/diamondsutra.html
 
Compassion and Wisdom: Religious Sculptural Arts
National Palace Museum
A brief introduction plus one-page guide to Buddhist sculpture of the Northern, Sui, Tang, Sung, Liao, Ming, and Qing dynasty, plus the Buddhist art of Tibet and the Ta-li kingdom of Yunnan. With 5 related objects.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh95/religiousart/
 
Korean Buddhist Sculpture (5th–9th century)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A discussion of Buddhism's introduction to the Korean peninsula in 372 CE and its influence on artistic developments during the Three Kingdoms period (BCE 57 - 668 CE), specifically in architecture and sculpture.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/kobs/hd_kobs.htm
 
Exploring Japan: An Interactive Learning Experience
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
"Exploring Japan for grade six students offers students an opportunity for self-directed learning: three 'Learning Objects' may be investigated through a variety of delivery systems including maps, imagery, video clips and didactic material." The following topics are covered under each "Learning Object": 1) Samurai -- Arms and Armour; 47 Ronin; Bushido; Noh Theatre; 2) Meiji -- Geography; Technology; The Emperor; Lifestyles; 3) Spirituality -- Haniwa; Shinto; Buddhism; Confucianism. See the "Information for Teachers" section for a full list of learning objectives for each section.

Go to Museum Resource: http://aggv.ca/sites/default/virtual_exhibits/exploring_japan/index.html?q=exhi...
 
Faith and Form: Selected Calligraphy and Painting from Japanese Religious Traditions
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Online presentation of a 2004 exhibition that was "distinguished by important examples of Buddhist and Shinto inspired calligraphy and painting." Features 13 objects from the exhibition, with audio commentary from the collectors about each object. An in-depth written guide to the objects is also available, as well as a video clip of the collectors discussing the works and the collection process.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/faithandform/
 
Look for the Symbol in the Sculpture
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Uses a 12th-century wooden sculpture of the Japanese Buddhist deity Fudô Myô-ô to demonstrate the role of symbolism in art.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1975.268.163
 
Zen Buddhism
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief introduction to Zen Buddhism and its influence on Japanese culture and art.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/zen/hd_zen.htm
 
Circle of Bliss: Buddhist Meditational Art
The Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Related Art, The Ohio State University
Online presentation of a 2004 exhibition, with images of art, artifacts, ritual objects and practices, and related diagrams organized into 13 topics covering a range of issues related to enlightenment, meditation, and other Buddhist practice. In-depth explanatory text for all topics and images. Most of the artworks are from Tibet, Nepal, India, and China.

Go to Museum Resource: http://huntingtonarchive.osu.edu/Exhibitions/CircleofBliss/index.html
 
Tibet Information Zone
The Newark Museum
Online version of the museum's Tibet Information Zone, "an interactive educational resource where individuals, families and school groups can gain valuable information on Tibetan life and culture, as well as learn about the Museum's extensive and world-renowned collection of sacred and secular Tibetan objects." With a virtual tour of the Tibet Buddhist Altar created by artist Phuntsok Dorje, along with images of a mural Dorje has created at the museum. Images from the mural ("depicting the vast snowy mountains, nomad tents, and rural villages of Tibet") illustrate a special section on Tibetan life, with overviews of nomadic life, Tibetan festivals, aristocratic life in old Lhasa, agriculture and farm life, and animals in Tibet.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.newarkmuseum.org/museum_default_page.aspx?id=7244
 
Yamantaka Mandala
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
With an introduction to the mandala; a guide to the symbolism of the Minneapolis Institute's Yamantaka mandala, created by Tibetan monks from the Gyuto Tantric University; a step-by-step guide to the mandala's creation; plus technical details about the preservation of the mandala, a short video documentary of the mandala consecration ceremony, and background information about Tibet. Also see the ADDITIONAL RESOURCES section (below EXPLORE THE COLLECTION on the site menu) for a related teacher's guide with lessons and activities for the classroom.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/buddhism/yamantaka-mandala.cfm
 
Buddha in Paradise
Rubin Museum of Art
"The human mind has long envisioned realms or states of being beyond the suffering of ordinary existence. Many cultures have imagined such realms, which are beautifully evoked by the English word 'paradise,' with its connotations of protection, contentment, and delight. Buddha in Paradise brings together images exploring the Tibetan Buddhist concept of Pure Lands, paradises often associated with particular buddhas or bodhisattvas."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.rubinmuseum.org/images/swf/Buddha-In-Paradise.swf
 
The Buddha Project
American Museum of Natural History
Featuring more than 1,000 objects from the AMNH Asian Ethnographic Collections related to the Buddha and Buddhist practice. The collection includes objects from throughout Asia, but the majority of the objects (700+ of 1,000) are from Tibet.

Go to Museum Resource: http://anthro.amnh.org/anthropology/databases/common/public_access.cfm?database...
 
Exploring the Mandala: Symbols of the Universe
Asia Society
A background essay for teachers about mandalas: "Buddhist devotional images often deemed a diagram or symbol of an ideal universe."

Go to Museum Resource: http://asiasociety.org/countries-history/traditions/exploring-mandala
 
From the Land of the Gods: Art of the Kathmandu Valley
Rubin Museum of Art
"Historically, the kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley comprised the political, religious, and cultural entity known as 'Nepal.' Located between India and Tibet, the Valley has been the crossroads of trans-Himalayan trade, the shared sacred site of various Himalayan religions, and the epicenter of Himalayan arts production and influence. This unique position has fostered a tremendous amount of cultural and religious exchange in Kathmandu, thus establishing a living creative tradition that is one of the single most important influences in Himalayan art history. This exhibition features the finest examples of Nepalese art from the RMA collection, highlighting the variety of forms and subjects, techniques and media that emerged from the Valley’s creative matrix."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.rubinmuseum.org/images/swf/From-the-Land-of-the-Gods.swf
 
Mandala Sand Painting: Creating an Enlightened World
Asia Society
Over a 10-day period In September 2003 the Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery constructed a sand mandala – a sacred cosmogram – "in commemoration of September 11 and as an offering of peace and healing to the people of New York City." This archive website includes images showing day-by-day construction of the mandala, as well as the original press release describing the event, an interview with Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, founder and director of Drepung Loseling Institute, and a Teacher's Guide to the Mandala.

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/mandala/index.html
 
The Tibetan Book of the Dead
University of Virginia Library
The Tibetan Book of the Dead: Literature and Artwork on Prayer, Ritual, and Meditation from the Religious Traditions of Tibet, India, and Nepal brings together "some of the great treasures of Tibetan sacred literature and ritual art relating to death and dying..." This online archive of the 1997-98 exhibition features introductory text about Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism, Tibetan perspectives on death and dying, and books and religious art in the Tibetan context, along with texts introduced (with an image and brief description) in the following categories: Sutras; Tantras; The Art of Dying; Transitions to the Other World; Having Once Died and Returned to Life; Tibetan Religion and the Western Imagination. Artworks include scroll paintings, statuary, and ceremonial objects.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/exhibits/dead/
 
Tibetan Healing Mandala
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
"In response to the September 11 tragedies, twenty Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery constructed a sand mandala (sacred painting) at the Sackler gallery." With information about mandalas and how they are created and how they heal; about Tibetan Buddhism; a list of frequently asked questions about mandalas; plus time-lapse images showing the creation of the mandala over a two-week period.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/mandala/default.htm
 
Tibetan Medical Paintings
American Museum of Natural History
"This rare, complete set of 79 Tibetan medical tangkas was painted by the Nepalese tangka artist Romio Shrestha and his Tibetan, Nepalese, and Bhutanese students in Kathmandu during seven years in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... The medical tangkas form a unique document in the history of medicine. Firmly rooted in Buddhism, Tibetan medical practice drew on diverse earlier traditions, from India, ancient Greece, Persia, pre-Buddhist Tibet, and China, to form a synthesis visually documented in these paintings."

Go to Museum Resource: http://anthro.amnh.org/anthropology/databases/object_fisher.htm
 
Wutaishan: Pilgrimage to Five Peak Mountain
Rubin Museum of Art
"The sacred mountain Wutaishan (Mount Wutai), located in Shanxi Province, China, is believed to be the earthly abode of the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, Manjushri, and for a thousand years it has been a focus of transnational pilgrimage for the Chinese, Tibetans, Mongols, and Manchus alike." This online archive of a 2007 exhibition features an excellent interactive tool for viewing the "focal point of the exhibition: ... an intricately-detailed, hand-painted woodblock print map of Wutaishan, created in the 19th century by a Mongolian monk at a monastery on Wutaishan, called Cifusi. Six feet wide, this rare map offers a panoramic view of Wutaishan, which can be read as both a primary historical record of the lay of the land and as a declaration of the political primacy of Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhism, claiming Mongolian ethnic and sectarian identity over the mountain."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setID=1274
 
The Arts of Kashmir
Asia Society
"The Arts of Kashmir comprises works of Buddhist, Hindu, and Islamic art, including sculpture, painting, and calligraphy loaned from collections in the U.S., Europe, and India. Many of the objects have never been seen outside of India; in some cases they have never been exhibited or published anywhere. To provide a sense of the broad artistic contributions of this famously lush and beautiful region, the exhibition includes examples of stone and bronze sculptures and manuscript paintings, in addition to the fine examples of papier-mâché, carpets, shawls, and embroidery for which Kashmir is renowned."

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/kashmir/
 
The Arts of Thailand
Victoria and Albert Museum
An introduction to the V&A's new Arts of Thailand exhibit, which "features the museum's finest Thai Buddhist sculptures in bronze and stone spanning the period from the 7th to the 19th centuries, together with works of decorative art in a wide variety of media associated both with the Thai court and with monasteries." Thirty-eight objects are featured online; all objects have descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/the-arts-of-thailand/
 
Beliefs Made Visible: Introduction to Hindu and Buddhist Art
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"Explore the basic tenets and influences of Hinduism and Buddhism throughout Asia. Special attention is given to the evolution of Hinduism and Buddhism in India, and the representation of these beliefs in sculpture and religious architecture (stupas, temples, caves, and so on). Includes lessons on the traditions of threshold art and handouts on the symbolic gestures of Buddhas." Please note that the .pdf version of this educator resource packet can be downloaded for free. The PayPal link next to the resource is for buying the packet in booklet form with an image CD and slides.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asianart.org/educatorresources.htm
 
Buddhist Sculpture
Victoria and Albert Museum
An introduction to the V&A's new gallery exploring "the major Buddhist sculptural traditions of Asia." Twenty objects are introduced online; all objects have descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/asia/buddhist_sculpture_gallery/index.html
 
Five Faiths Project
Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Combines original works of art, photographs, storytelling and community events to introduce information about the world religions of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. For art-related teaching, see the subtopic Art On-line for links to five works of art from each of the five religious traditions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://ackland.org/five-faiths-project/
 
Goryeo Dynasty: Korea’s Age of Enlightenment
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"Few people are aware that the name Korea is derived from the name of the Goryeo (previously tranliterated as Koryo) dynasty. It was during this period (918–1392) that Korea became known to the world outside East Asia. This packet provides an overview of aspects of Goryeo society and Goryeo Buddhism as depicted in the arts of the period, including rare celadon (pale green–glazed) ceramics, Buddhist paintings and sculptures, illustrated sacred manuscripts (sutras), and ritual implements. Classroom activities include creating illuminated manuscripts and lotus lanterns." Please note that the .pdf version of this educator resource packet can be downloaded for free. The PayPal link next to the resource is for buying the packet in booklet form with an image CD and slides.

Go to Museum Resource: http://asianart.com/exhibitions/korea/index.html
 
Japanese Mandalas: Emanations and Avatars
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2009 exhibition on the mandalas of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism. With images of 25 artworks, mostly from the 12th to the 14th century.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2009/japanese-mandalas
 
Montien Boonma: Temple of the Mind
Asia Society
Online presentation of a 2003 retrospective exhibition of works by Thai artist Montien Boonma (1953-2000). The exhibition, according to the introductory text here, "traces Boonma's artistic development in the context of his deep engagement with Buddhism." Five of his works -- all sculptural installations -- are featured here, with brief descriptive text and additional images showing the installation process.

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/boonma/index.html
 
Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art
Asia Society
"Pilgrimage, a journey to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion, is important to many faiths. In Buddhism, the practice is especially significant. Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art is the first major exhibition to explore the relationship between Buddhist pilgrimage and Asian art. Through over ninety objects—including narrative paintings and sculptures, as well as mandalas, prayer wheels, and maps—from significant North American collections, this exhibition examines the ways in which Buddhist pilgrimage became the impetus for the development of new forms of art and visual culture as well as a source of inspiration to artists and craftsmen across Asia."

Go to Museum Resource: http://pilgrimage.asiasociety.org/
 
The Sacred Arts of Tibet
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
"This packet features an overview of the culture, history, and arts of Tibet, with a focus on the influence of Buddhism. Activities include making a sculpture in the style of a Tibetan torma (traditionally, a sculpture of butter and roasted barley flour made as a devotional offering) and readings that address topics ranging from traditional Tibetan arts to contemporary Tibetan culture." Please note that the .pdf version of this educator resource packet can be downloaded for free. The PayPal link next to the resource is for buying the packet in booklet form with an image CD and slides.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asianart.org/educatorresources.htm
 
The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989
Guggenheim Museum
"This exhibition traces how Asian art, literature, and philosophy were transmitted and transformed within American cultural and intellectual currents, influencing the articulation of new visual and conceptual languages. It explores how American art evolved through a process of appropriation and integration of Asian sources that developed from the 1860s through the 1980s, when globalization came to eclipse earlier, more deliberate modes of cultural transmission and reception." Focuses on the following seven themes: 1) Aestheticism & Japan; 2) Landscapes of the Mind; 3) Modern Poetry & Dance; 4) Postwar Abstract Art; 5) Buddhism & the Neo-Avant-Garde; 6) Ecstatic Minimalism; 7) Performance & Video Art.

Go to Museum Resource: http://web.guggenheim.org/exhibitions/exhibition_pages/thirdmind/index.html
 
Tibet: Treasures from the Roof of the World
National Palace Museum
Online presentation of a 2010 exhibition on Tibetan Buddhism. Four topics are discussed, each with images of relevant objects from the exhibition: 1) The Tibetan Empire; 2) Golden Treasures; 3) Cultural Exchange; 4) Customs in the Land of Snow.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.npm.gov.tw/en/visiting/exhibit/exhibit_04.htm?docno=655
 
Zen Calligraphy and Painting by Yamaoka Tesshū
Victoria and Albert Museum
Online presentation of a 2008 exhibition of works by Yamaoka Tesshū (1836–1888), who "is famous for his statement that swordsmanship, Zen and calligraphy are identical in their aspiration to the state of no-mind (mushin)." Includes the following topics: 1) What Is Zen Calligraphy?; 2) Yamaoka Tesshū: The Transformation of His Calligraphy; 3) The Three Shū of the Bakumatsu Era; and 4) The Way of the Zen Brush, Hitsuzendō.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/asia/past_exhns/zen_calligraphy/index.html
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