”Kukai's World: The Arts of Esoteric Buddhism" Exhibition

Tokyo National Museum

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Kukai, founder of the Shingon-sect Esoteric Buddhism, saw illustrations as effective tools for transmitting Esoteric Buddhist teachings, which are complex and difficult to explain in words. For this reason, great importance was attached to visible forms in Shingon-sect Esoteric Buddhism. This exhibition introduces masterpieces of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism, with a focus on the period when philosophical elements maintained a strong presence in the works. Along with objects brought by Kukai from Tang China, works directly related to him are also featured, such as his writings and sculptures produced under his instruction.

[Image: Mandara image, Toji, Kyoto (National Treasure)]

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From 2011-07-20 To 2011-09-25
Open until 20:00 on Friday. Open until 18:00 on Saturday, Sunday and National holidays.

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