Recently posted on on Buddhist art

Review: Siudmak, John. The Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Ancient Kashmir and its Influences. Vol. 28, Handbook of Oriental Studies: Section 2, South Asia. Leiden, Boston: Brill, Christian Luczanits
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 77, no. 3 (2014): 600-601.

A Fifteenth Century Biography of Lha bla ma Ye shes ‘od (947-1019/24): Part One: Its Prolegomenon and Propheciesby Leonard van der Kuijp

Circle of Bliss (File 1)
by John Huntington
Introduction Historical background

Circle of Bliss (File 2)
by John Huntington
Potential of transformation Environment of transformation Primordial teachers The goal

Circle of Bliss (File 3)
by John Huntington
Mother of all Buddhas Beginning the process Taking refuge

Circle of Bliss (File 4)
by John Huntington
Becoming a Bodhisattva Vajrasattva Secret instructions Cakrasamvara and Vajravarahi (Part 1)

Circle of Bliss (File 5)
by John Huntington
Chakrasamvara and Vajravarahi (Part 2) Vajravarahi Mandalas Forms of Chakrasamvara (Part 1)

Circle of Bliss (File 6)
by John Huntington
Forms of Chakrasamvara (Part 2) Ritual Implements Vajravarahi/Vajrayogini (part 1)

Circle of Bliss (File 7)
by John Huntington
Vajravarahi-Vajrayogini (Part 2) Exoteric forms of Vajravarahi Related Tantras

The Dharmachakramudra Variant at Ajanta, An iconological study
by John Huntington
Dedicated to Walter Spink An analysis and comparative study as to the nature of the Dhanmachakramusra as displayed by the Buddha images of Ajanta

Sowing the seeds of the lotus… Great Pilgrimage sites of Buddhism (3rd Article)
by John Huntington
Jetavana Sravasti

The ‘Movable’ Golden ages: ‘Western Asiatic Art beyond its Homeland the Transitioning to Central and North-East Asia
by John Huntington
Traces specific examples of art and ideas from Greater Gandhara into Central and East Asia

“An Early thanka of Avalokiteśvara from the Kingdom of Guge”
by Amy Heller
Abstract: From 1933-1937, Professor Giuseppe Tucci discovered many early Tibetan illuminated manuscripts and mural paintings as well as sculptures in Tholing, Tabo, Mang nang and remote temples of the Guge kingdom, echoed by recent discoveries of ancient temples with murals and manuscripts by teams led by Professors Huo Wei at Nyag/Khatse and Zhang Jianlin in Tholing. These works of art have revealed the aesthetic of the Kashmiri artists invited to embellish the temples founded under the aegis of Lha bla ma Ye shes ‘od and the royal family of Guge -Pu hrang during the 11th to 12th…

On why it is good to have many names: the many identities of a Nepalese god
by Will Tuladhar-Douglas
Through looking at a specific shrine image, the Red Avalokitesvara of Bungamati in the Kathmandu Valley, this article asks how it is possible for one image to be the locus of several distinct cults. The role of the shrine priests, patrons and the different religious communities that actually perform the worship is considered. These various agents are shown to collaborate implicitly in constructing a plural identity through such mechanisms as secret names or names known only within certain communities. Maintaining a complex and flexible identity that draws support from different, often…


Presenting the Buddha: Images, Conventions, and Significance in Early Indian Buddhism. In Art of Merit: Studies in Buddhist Art and Conservation, ed. David Park et al. London: Archetype Publications, 2013.
by Juhyung Rhi

Glegs-tshas: Writing Boards of Chinese Scribes in Tibetan-ruled Dunhuang
by Tsuguhito Takeuchi

Understanding The 5th century Buddhas of Sarnath: A newly identified Mudra and an new comprehension of the Dharmachakramudra by John Huntington
A mudra made when a Buddha predicts the future enlightenment of a follower (vyakarandamudra) is identified; and a the meaning of a variant form of the Dharmachakramudra is also discussed.

“Buddhist Art in the Himalayas and Tibet” in Stephan v. d. Schulenburg, Elke Hessel, Karsten Schmidt, Matthias Wagner K(eds) Buddha 108 Begegnungen/ Encounters, Museum for Applied Arts Frankfurt, 2015: 74-87
by Amy Heller
A essay on conceptual and aesthetic developments in Buddhist art in these regions, focussing on the movement of artists, and portable icons which transcend geographic and temporal borders.

“Red Faced Barbarians, Benign Despots and Drunken Masters: Khotan as a Mirror to Tibet.”
by Sam van Schaik

Where Chan and Tantra Meet: Buddhist Syncretism in Dunhuang
by Sam van Schaik

The Legacy of Gandhāra in Central Asian Painting
by Ciro Lo Muzio

A Mongolian Decree from the Chaghataid Khanate Discovered at Dunhuang. In: P. Zieme (ed.), Aspects of Research into Central Asian Buddhism: In Memoriam Kōgi Kudara, Turnhout (Belgium), Brepols, 2008, 159–178 [Eng]

The rotation of Yoginis in the Cakrasamvara Mandala according to Bodhisattva Vajrapani
by Claudio Cicuzza

Kushan Numismatic Iconography (Preliminary Study)
by John Huntington
A visual survey of Deities on Early Kushana Coins From the Yuezhi through Huvishka

“The Illuminated Manuscripts of Nesar Gompa (gNas.gsar late 11th to 16th century Tibetan books made for a monastery library in Dolpo, Nepal”
by Amy Heller
The Illuminated Manuscripts of Nesar Gompa (gNas.gsar : late 11th to 16th century Tibetan books made for a monastery library in Dolpo, Nepal In 2002 at the first conference on Tibetan Art and Archeology convened in Beijing, I presented a preliminary study of volumes of Buddhist man…

2003 – “An Inscribed Stone Image of the Buddhist Deity Aparājitā,” in: Journal of Bengal Art, Vol. 8, pp. 95-101.
by Gouriswar Bhattacharya


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