Exhibition: Tibet’s Secret Temple – Body, Mind and Meditation in Tantric Buddhism

Wellcome Collection - Tibet's Secret Temple

Exhibition dates: 19 November 2015 – 28 February 2016

There are still two weeks left to see this exhibition, if you’re in or near London!

‘Tibet’s Secret Temple’ explores Tibetan Buddhist yogic and meditational practice and their connections to physical and mental well-being.

Inspired by an exquisite series of seventeenth-century murals from a private meditation chamber for Tibet’s Dalai Lamas in Lhasa’s Lukhang Temple, the exhibition features over 120 objects including textiles (such as the rug illustrated above), scroll paintings, statues, manuscripts, archival and contemporary film, together with a wide range of ethnographic and ritual artefacts. Three of the murals from the temple have been recreated, by photographer Thomas Laird, as life-sized digital artworks that form the centrepiece of the exhibition.

By bringing the mural images together with a unique set of objects, ‘Tibet’s Secret Temple’ uncovers until now unseen stories behind the ancient, esoteric and once secret practices illustrated in the Lukhang murals and shows their relevance to the expanding and wide-ranging contemporary interest in meditative well-being.

For more information, visit the website of the Wellcome Collection, London.

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