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Buddhism across Asia Gallery

IMAGES and Sacred Texts – Buddhism across Asia, an exhibition of sacred texts, painted scrolls and sculptures from Sri Lanka to Japan, is on display at the British Museum until April 3, 2011.

The exhibition features depictions of the ‘three gems’ from across Asia. The ‘three gems’ consist of the Buddha himself, his teachings (dharma), and the Buddhist community (sangha).

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PreviousNext Avalokiteshvara emanating Sutra text. Japan, 1800-1900. This scroll painting shows Avalokiteshvara in his ten-headed form. The rays of light emanating from his halo are made up of lines from the Lotus Sutra, one of the most important Mahayana texts across Asia. The painting beautifully summarises the intimate link between Mahayana texts and bodhisattvas. Copyright The Trustees of the British Museum. 5 of 5


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