Buddhist Art and Painting Websites

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Links to Buddhist Art and Paintings

Himalayan Art - Features over 1500 artworks from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India, China and Mongolia. Art from leading private and museum collections, accompanied by scholarship, cataloging and interpretation.

Asian Art Gallery - Online gallery of Buddhist art.

Asian Arts - Exhibition of Asian Arts.

Buddha Image Archive - Several dozen Buddha images for down .

Buddhism Gallery - Small online gallery of Buddhist paintings, thangkas, statues, and icons.

Buddhist Art and Architecture - About the symbolism behind hand mudrus and mandalas, and the perfect proportions behind every Buddha figure.

Buddhist Manuscripts of the Great Silk Road - Virtual tour of the "Exhibition of Buddhist Manuscripts and Block Prints" at the National Library of Austria.

Chinese and Japanese Art links - Chinese and Japanese Art History Virtual Library Links

Contemporary and Computer Buddhist Art - hosted by BuddhaNet's online magazine - BuddhaZine.

Dharmapala Centre - School of Thangka Painting in Nepal

Dunhuang Cave Art - Dunhuang was at the hub of cultural exchanges between China and the West along the "Silk Road". So, the cave art of Dunhuang possesses a special geographical and cultural significance. The cave art derived from the style and technique of Buddhist art of the Western Regions. Its main purpose was to exalt the noble examples of the life of Buddha and stories about his previous lives in accumulating philanthropic virtues.

Everyone's Mandala Coloring Book - Monique Mandali, M.A., is a transpersonal psychotherapist in private practice in Billings, Montana. Monique uses mandalas in her own work with clients and presents workshops and retreats that heal body, mind, and spirit.

Himalayan Art - The Himalayan Art Project web page features over 1500 artworks from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India, China and Mongolia.

The Huntington Archive Home Page - Archive of Buddhist and Related Art. A Photographic Research and Teaching Archive at Ohio State University.

Isisdownunder's Kuan Yin Pictures and Information - Pictures and explanation of Kuan Yin.

Korean Sokkuram - World Heritage Stone Cave Hermitage, featuring Korean Buddhist Images, Deva and Boddhisattva images.

Mahayana Art by Brian Barry - A selection of artworks, translations, and articles by this Seoul-based American Buddhist artist

The Maitreya Project - Building a 500 foot statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha at Kushinagar in eastern Uttar Pradesh India. A symbol of loving kindness for the world.

Mandala - Information about the Tibetan Mandala.

Nezu Institute of Fine Arts - Includes paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, metal, wood, and Buddhist art.

Psychedelic Art by Hans Taeger - A gallery of psychedelic sketches and diary pages of the early 70's by Hans Taeger. Quotes concerning the interrelations between psychedelics, Buddhism and meditation.

Stupas - Stupas are Buddhist monuments traditionally containing relic(s) of the Buddha. This site covers their history, meaning, symbolism; and links to stupas both finished and under construction all around the world.

Urthona Magazine - Explores the arts and Western culture from a Buddhist perspective providing insightful coverage of the arts

What Web! Online Mindful Poetry Zone - Selections from the book "What Book: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop," edited by Gary Gach, Parallax Press, 1998.

The World of the Buddha Footrprint - In early Buddhism the most popular symbol was of the Buddha's footprints. Scholar Dr. Waldemar C. Sailer presents studies about the history and significance of the Buddha footprints existing in 15 Asian countries.

Tibetan Art

The Art of Tibet - The Himalayan Art Project, sponsored by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, provides access to more than 1,200 works of Tibetan art held in major collections. Each tangka or statue can be viewed in fine detail using a zoom capability. Browse by category or use search to locate subjects. Also includes special exhibits and educational material.

Art of Joan Bredin Price - A gallery of paintings and prints of the Twenty One Taras paintings accompanied by corresponding verses of traditional prayers. Available as prints or new commissions.

Art of Newar Buddhism, Nepal - Sculpture, temple and stupa art, and rituals. Includes many images as well as detailed text.

Art of the Headless Dakini - Some images of dakinis, including headless ones. Also images of thogchags. Comments on both.

Asian Arts, New York City - Museum quality Central Asian, Islamic, Nepalese and Indian material with a specialized interest in the art of Tibet.

Asianart: Early Tibetan Mandalas: The Rossi Collection - Fourteen Tibetan paintings of mandalas dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries, with commentary, and descriptive catalog.

Brian Hafer's - Multimedia Buddhist Art Gallery - Brief descriptions of types of art and samples of chanting and ritual music (in .wav format.)

Buddhist Art: Symbolism of Mandalas - A brief description of the general meaning of mandalas.

Buddhist Paintings of Buryatia - A selection of thangkas from the collection of the Buryat Historical Museum with a brief description of the museum.

Chenrezig / Avalokiteshvara - The Tibetan Buddhist Buddha of Compassion: Chenresig (Avalokiteshvara)

Chenrezig Tibetan Sand Mandalas - Tibetan Sand Mandala Tour 2001 and 2002 in New Zealand. Information about and images of Chenrezig Tibetan Sand Mandalas.

Dakini Land - A celebration of the female spirit as manifest in the Dakini. Some images of Dakinis with a brief discussion of the symbolism.

Dharma Images Home Gallery - A gallery of Deities from Tibetan Buddhist tradition rendered through Photoshop and the Web.

Dharmapala Center, School of Thangka Painting - The school, in Kathmandu, Nepal, is supervised by Nyingma lamas. Site contains images of more than 300 thangkas, illustrated essays detailing the creation process and symbolism. Works can be commissioned or purchased.

Exploring the Mandala - Brief description of mandalas, including a computer model developed at Cornell University.

Headless Dakinis - Art and culture of Tibetan chod practitioners and dakinis.

Hindu Paintings: Newsletter Archive - A collection of illustrated articles about Buddhist and Hindu art. Topics include Dance of the Yogini, The Bodhisattva Ideal; Tantric Buddhist Art; and Green Tara and White Tara - Feminist Ideals in Buddhist Art.

The Iconography of Vajrayana - A collection of the tantric paintings.

Kaladarshan - Tibetan Art Virtual Library - Guide to Tibetan Art, Theatre & Music. The WWW Virtual Library entry provides a central access point to online resources dealing with Tibetan art.

Mandala - Illustrated discussion of mandalas, their creation and their place within Buddhist Tantric practice.

Mandala Sand Painting - Description and images from the creation of a sand mandala.

Manjushri-Mandala - A sorted Archive of Tibetan Thangka Art

Mindful Creations - The Art of Joanne Chilton - Miksang means Good Eye in Tibetan. Fine Art Photography that works with a contemplative style called Miksang. See new exhibit titled "In Quiet Places".

Mirrors of the Heart-Mind - The Rezk Collection of Tibetan Art from the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Eight-five images with explanatory text accompanied by forty-seven related essays.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet - Descriptions and illustrations of touring exhibits of sacred music, sacred dance, mandala sand painting, art, and photos of Tibet. Includes tour schedule and contact information.

Nepalese Thangka Paintings - A collection of Tibetan and Nepalese Thangka paintings featuring Red, Green, and White Tara; Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara); Manjushri, Boddhisattva, Mandalas; Wheel of Life; Mahakaal; Yab Yum; Kuber; Ganesha.

Nick Dudka: The Buddist Art of Thangka - A collection of thangkas including brief descriptions.

Sand Mandala - History and explanation of mandalas, with photos.

Silk Thangka: Fabric Images in the Tibetan Tradition - Gallery showing hand-stitched mosaics of silk by a contemporary textile artist working in the Tibetan tradition. Information on creation process and history of fabric thangkas.

Temple Art Studios - Creators of silk appliques thangkas and paintings, unique historic Tibetan art projects and films.

Tibetan Buddhism Image Gallery - There have been people asking why the deities in Tibetan Buddhism, especially the Dharma Protectors and deities of the Highest Yoga Tantra are so wrathful and fierce in looks. The look of wrathfulness is also the same as compassion.

Tibetan Paintings by the Thangde Gatsal Studio - A school in Dharamsala, India that teaches the art of Tibetan thangka painting. Commissions are accepted for specific thangkas.

The Tibetan Photo Project - Tibetan monks are using the camera for the first time to document and share their lives and culture in exile. Several galleries of photographs and related material.

Tibetan Sacred Art - The work of Sanje Elliott, thangka painter. Paintings done in the traditional Karma Ghadri style of Tibetan Sacred Art. Gallery of thangkas and information on classes.

Tibetan Thangka Gallery #1 (Taeger Collection) - Tibetan Thangka Gallery # 1 from the Taeger Collection, 20 temporary paintings by Tibetan artists

Virtual Thangka Gallery - Osel Shen Phen Ling copyright-free line drawings from various tibetan sources. Java applets for a prayer wheel and candle offerings.

Zen Art

Chan Visual Arts - A collection from the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun.

Nadja Van Ghelue Contemporary Japanese Calligraphy - Dharma art inspired by Zen Buddhism.

Zen and Photography - Features more than 175 photos from a Zen artistic perspective.

Zen Art-Net - Artist's personal page displaying large amounts of her Zen-inspired paintings and calligraphy.

The Zen Arts - Zen arts incorporated into the Eight Gates training program of the Mountains and Rivers Order (Zen Mountain Monastery). Includes a discourse on art as zen-practice.


The Buddha Gallery - Specializing in antique Buddhas, Buddhist, Hindu art as well as pieces from Thailand, Burma, Laos, and Tibet.

House of Buddha - A commercial site displaying images of Buddha in all his numerous forms and come out of a tradition of veneration and ritual.

Lotus Sculpture - Buddha sculptures for purchase.

Mandala-Universe.com - The sacred and the spiritual science of light and sound through books, seminars and alternate resources.

Sacred Sapce - Sells Tibetan and Chinese antique Buddhist items

Sitting Buddhas - Hand carved buddhas from Indonesia, for altar or desk, also weeping buddhas and zen gardens.

Zinnia - Buddhist and Hindu Art.


Buddhist Pilgrimage In the Footsteps of the Buddha - "In the Footsteps of the Buddha" is a Buddhist pilgrimage through India and Nepal with Shantum Seth. Organized in December and February every year. Includes a pilgrim's page and pilgrimage sites.

Insight Travel Buddhist Pilgrimages - Pilgrimages to India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Dharamsala that combining travel with inquiry and meditation. Includes pilgrimage information and schedule.

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