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Himalayan Art: Art of the Divine Abode

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

Himalayan Art: Art of the Divine Abode

In addition to displaying painted scrolls that pictorialize Buddhist teaching and methods for tantric visualization, the installation includes a group of objects that exemplify the centrality of ritual for both mundane and soteriological gains.

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The summit of snow which touched the sky
Is matchless insight without equal.
The sun and moon turning around its peak
Are meditation radiating wisdom and compassion.
Marpa Lotsawa (c. 1012–1097), from The Life of Milarepa (1992)

“Himalaya” literally means the abode of snow. Understood as a divine abode in Indic mythology and envisioned as the immortal realm of “Shangri-la” by later western interpreters, the Himalayas and

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