Treasures of esoteric Buddhism on show in Tokyo exhibition

Treasures of esoteric Buddhism on show in Tokyo exhibition

The standing Gozanze Myoo, a designated national treasure, and other statues are displayed during a special exhibition of national treasures featuring statues from Toji temple's sculpture mandala associated with the priest at the Tokyo National Museum in Tokyo on March 26, 2019. The exhibition started on the same day. The sculpture mandala is a three-dimensional representation of the pantheon of Shingon Buddhism and comprises 21 Buddha statues arranged in the lecture hall of the temple in Kyoto. It is based on the ideas of Kukai, who brought Shingon esoteric teachings from China to Japan in the Heian period (late eighth century to late 12th century). The main feature of the exhibition, "National Treasures of Toji Temple: Kukai and the Sculpture Mandala," is 15 statues of the 21, the largest number to be exhibited outside the temple. The exhibition presents the world of esoteric Buddhist art by displaying about 110 treasures of the temple. The exhibition will be held through June 2 at the Heiseikan of the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park, Tokyo. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )

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March 27, 2019 06:12:26 AM
March 27, 2019 01:54:01 AM
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Sculpture, Visual arts, Arts and entertainment, Buddhism, Religion, Social affairs
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