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How to Wage Magical War: A Millennium of Buddhist Kings — Tricycle

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— Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism, Rubin Museum of Art, New York — until July 15, 2019

— An exhibition at the Rubin Museum of Art reveals the inner workings of power, politics, and Tibetan Buddhism in premodern Asia.

— by Anne Doran: In the west, Buddhism isn’t usually associated with politics, warfare, or sorcery. But as seen in this fascinating exhibition, Buddhism—particularly the esoteric form of the religion that developed in Tibet after its introduction there in the 7th century—played a major role in the power dynamics of premodern North Asia. Spanning the 8th to the 19th centuries and comprising approximately 60 exceptional works from the Rubin’s own collection of Himalayan art and from the Asian collections of such institutions as the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Musée Guimet in Paris, the show demonstrates how Tibet’s model of sacral rulership, its unique use of avowed reincarnation as a means to establish succession, and its tantric Buddhist rituals offered successive empires a path to claiming and keeping power…

Image courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art

April 30, 2019

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