Permanent Exhibition

Selected artworks

Our permanent exhibition is comprised of two sections: “Buddhist Art of Gandhara” and “The World of Reflection.” The Buddhist Art of Gandhara features illustrated biographies of the Buddha sculpted in the second and third centuries. They depict important milestones in the Buddha’s life – his birth, renunciation, teaching, and nirvana. The World of Reflection, the main part of the gallery, is a spatial representation of a temple hall. The statue of Seated Mahāvairocana (Dainichi Nyorai) at the center, Seated Acalanātha
(Fudo Myo-o), and the Mandala of the Two Realms collectively create a space for quiet reflection open to all visitors. Seated Nyorin Kannon
(Cintāmaṇicakra Avalokiteśvara) and Nidoji (Kiṃkara, Ceṭaka) will become a new addition to The World of Reflection in November 2023.

Seated MahavairocanaSeated Mahavairocana

(Dainichi Nyorai)

Kamakura period,
ca.Kenkyu 4(1193)
Important cultural property
Mahāvairocana of the Diamond Realm attributed to Unkei.
Seated AcalanāthaSeated Acalanātha

(Fudo Myo-o)

Heian period (12th century)
Formerly the principal image of Fumon-in, a subtemple of Daigoji in Kyoto
Seated Buddha in Dharmacakra MudraSeated Buddha in Dharmacakra Mudra

Seated Buddha in
Dharmacakra Mudra

Ca. 3rd century
Seated cross-legged on a lotus pedestal, the Buddha has both hands raised in front of his chest in the preaching (dharmacakra) mudra.
Mandala of the Two RealmsMandala of the Two Realms

Mandala of the Two Realms

Edo period, Hoei 3(1706)
With Mahāvairocana at the center, 1461 divinities are depicted in the Diamond Realm Mandala and 409 in the Womb Realm Mandala (the image shown is of the Diamond Realm Mandala).
*Exhibits may occasionally change for conservation purposes.

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