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Korean Buddhist Art

This video documents the creation of a Buddhist painting by the monk artist, Seol-min (formerly known as Jae-u), who has dedicated her life to keeping the tradition of Buddhist painting alive.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Buddha Vairochana

Jeffrey Durham, Associate Curator of Himalayan Art, discusses a painting of the Buddha Vairochana in the exhibition, Enter the Mandala.

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Hiroshi Sugimoto on "Five Elements" and Collecting Art

Hailed as one of the most important photographers of our time, New York-based Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto is also an accomplished architect. He approaches his work from many different perspectives, with architecture as one component in designing the settings for his installations. As a photographer of the highest technical ability, with equal acclaim for the conceptual and philosophical aspects of his work, Sugimoto has created works in his “Five Elements” series that are constructed as shrines to a primordial birthplace. Using geometric symbols from thirteenth-century Buddhism, Sugimoto encases a single image from his iconic Seascape series in each glass structure.

GRADE LEVEL: High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Create Your Own Mandala

Experience the quiet, meditative act yourself when you create your own mandala, a geometric meditation map.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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The Rama Epic: The Story in Brief

Learn about the main events and conflicts in the Rama epic.

GRADE LEVEL: Elementary School (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond
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An Introduction to Sufism

Islamic mysticism, or Sufism, was a distinct tradition within Islam that aimed to cultivate inner spiritual life. Sufism probably derives from the word suf, meaning wool, a reference to the woolen clothing worn by early Sufi mystics. The focus of Sufism changed over the centuries as Islam grew and expanded. Initially moved by the fear of God, Sufism eventually adopted an affirming doctrine of love, and later the concept of the spiritual journey of the individual towards God.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond
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The Rituals of the Hajj

Lesson on the individual rituals performed by Muslim pilgrims during the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)

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Throne for a Buddha image, 1850–1900

Throne for a Buddha image, 1850–1900. Burma. Lacquered and gilded wood and metal with mirror inlay. Gift from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Southeast Asian Art Collection, 2006.27.1.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond

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Buddhist Manuscripts (Sutras) of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392)

The religious fervor and opulence of the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) can be seen in the intricately hand-copied sutras (the teachings of the Buddha) that date to this period. Korean monk-scribes were commissioned by royals, aristocrats, and individual high-ranking monks to write the sacred words of the Buddha by applying pigments of ground gold and silver to deep indigo–dyed mulberry paper. They began by pictorially narrating the sermons of the Buddha with key episodes within the sutra chapter on the frontispiece (first four sutra panels). The rest of the sutra comprised flowing calligraphy translating the Buddha’s teachings.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond