The exhibiton “Richness of Mind: Treasures of Himalayan Art” will take place in April and May 2018 at the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Cracow.
The exhibition consists of hundreds of statues, thangkas, and ritual objects and has traveled throughout Europe for the last 15 years. Among others, the exhibition has been shown in London, Berlin, Munich, Wien, Bratislava, and the European Parliament in Brussels.
At the Polish exhibition in Krakow, visitors will be able to admire over 70 meticulously selected statues, thangkas, and ritual objects. They come from different collections - Polish and international private collections, as well as Buddhist meditation centers. They were manufactured in India, Nepal, and Tibet according to traditional methods passed on from master to student throughout the ages.
An unusual aspect of the Buddhist art presented is the fact that most of the artifacts not only have historical and aesthetic value but practical value as well, as Buddhists use them in their daily practice of meditation.
The Art of the Himalayan Highland of Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan is an area of Himalayan peaks which was isolated from the rest of world up until the middle of the 20th century. To a large extent, the region developed in accordance with Buddhism. One can enjoy the exhibition at the level of aesthetics; however, one finds its real value in the deep symbolical meaning related to Buddhist teachings.
Buddhist teachings say that mind is the source of everything we experience, full of potential and all-pervading. It is beyond concepts, time, form or place. All that exists is an expression of the richness of mind. Buddhist art, by means of symbols, presents enlightened qualities of mind - love and compassion, wisdom and happiness, fearlessness and power. The forms shown at the exhibition are diverse - from sitting and mild to powerful protectors surrounded by flames. They all, however, express the qualities of an enlightened mind, showing the manifold manifestations of enlightenment.
Along with the exposition “Richness of Mind: Treasures of Himalayan Art,” Manggha Museum will additionally present three exhibits related to Buddhism
The Stupa House Foundation is a Public Benefit Institution active in Poland since 2001. Its goal is to make it possible for everyone to access the vast richness of Tibetan culture based on the deeply humanistic teachings given by the Historical Buddha Sakyamuni over 2500 years ago.
The Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, created by the initiative of Andrzej Wajda and opened in 1994 as the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology, was a branch of the National Museum in Krakow for ten years. In 2005, the Minister of Culture granted the Manggha autonomy, changing its status to that of a state cultural institution. Since 2007 it has operated as a museum. The Manggha Museum, in accordance with its founders’ vision, combines the basic functions of a museum with the vast activity of a lively cultural center, spreading knowledge about Japan and the Far East.
Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation is an international non-profit organization that preserves the timeless wisdom of the Buddha in the West and makes this accessible to interested persons in their modern daily lives. The foundation is headquartered in Germany and is active worldwide, bringing the centuries-old teachings and culture of Tibetan Buddhism to locations around the world. The focus of the organization is to promote meditation centers for lay Buddhists, as well as to hold cultural events and to support scientific research.
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