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Zhi Bishamonten by Kawanabe Kyosai

Zhi Bishamonten by Kawanabe Kyosai

Avalokiteshvra (Kwan Yin) ~ Goddess of compassion, health, fertility, beauty and guardian of children. She has a sacred duty to relieve suffering and encourage enlightenment among humans. In eatstern...

Avalokiteshvra (Kwan Yin) ~ Goddess of compassion, health, fertility, beauty and guardian of children. She has a sacred duty to relieve suffering and encourage enlightenment among humans. In eatstern...

Dainichi Nyorai: the sun Buddha, called Vairocana or Mahāvairocana; a celestial buddha who is often interpreted, in texts like the Flower Garland Sutra, as the Bliss Body of the historical Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama). In Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Buddhism, Vairocana is also seen as the embodiment of the Buddhist concept of Emptiness. In the conception of the Five Wisdom Buddhas of Vajrayana Buddhism, Vairocana is at the centre.

Dainichi Nyorai: the sun Buddha, called Vairocana or Mahāvairocana; a celestial buddha who is often interpreted, in texts like the Flower Garland Sutra, as the Bliss Body of the historical Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama). In Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Buddhism, Vairocana is also seen as the embodiment of the Buddhist concept of Emptiness. In the conception of the Five Wisdom Buddhas of Vajrayana Buddhism, Vairocana is at the centre.

Kasuga Mandala, 1300s-1400s,Japan, Nambokucho period (1333-1392) to Muromachi period (1392-1573).Japanese Buddhism incorporated aspects of the native Shinto faith into religious practice, as evidenced by this devotional painting. At the top, five Buddhist deities float in a gold orb. However, this hanging scroll also features the white deer associated with the Shinto spirit-deity at the Kasuga Shrine.

Kasuga Mandala, 1300s-1400s,Japan, Nambokucho period (1333-1392) to Muromachi period (1392-1573).Japanese Buddhism incorporated aspects of the native Shinto faith into religious practice, as evidenced by this devotional painting. At the top, five Buddhist deities float in a gold orb. However, this hanging scroll also features the white deer associated with the Shinto spirit-deity at the Kasuga Shrine.

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