Explore some of the most significant Tibetan Buddhist items in the British Library.
Tibetan Buddhism, which now has millions of followers throughout the world, has produced a rich legacy of art, artefacts and manuscripts. In one way or another, they all play a role in the practice of Buddhism. In this talk, Sam van Schaik explores some of the most significant Tibetan Buddhist items in the British Library and what they reveal about meditation, devotion, and other aspects of Buddhist practice.
Learn about how prayer wheels are made and used, how Buddhist scriptures are written, illustrated and printed, and the way sculptures and paintings of Buddhist deities inform the practice of meditation in Tibetan Buddhism. The talk draws on the Tibetan objects in the current Buddhism exhibition, as well as material from Asia recently digitised under the Endangered Archives Programme.
Sam van Schaik is the head of the Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library. He is a leading scholar of Buddhism, specialising on the study of early Buddhist manuscripts, and is the author of a number of books including Tibet: A History and The Spirit of Zen.
Part of our Buddhism exhibition events series. See more events and adult courses inspired by the exhibition.
|Name:||Tibetan Buddhism: Art Manuscripts and Practice|
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