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. Through these pieces: the statue of Seated Mahāvairocana (Dainichi Nyorai) at the center, Seated Acalanātha (Fudo Myo-o), and the Mandala of the Two Realms, we are pleased to offer visitors a space for quiet reflection.

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.
The Diamond Realm MandalaThe Diamond Realm Mandala

The Diamond
Realm Mandala

Edo period, Hoei 3(1706)
The Diamond Realm Mandala divides the course leading to the attainment of supreme truth into nine stages and displays a total of 1,461 divinities with Mahāvairocana in the center. The Matrix (Womb) Realm Mandala is also on display.

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