Art of Asia: Buddhism

These resources provide information on the historical Buddha, the basic tenets of Buddhist belief and practice, and an introduction to the ways in which artists have portrayed the Buddha and other associated figures in art.

Key Ideas:

1) The Buddha was an historical figure.

2) Buddhism is a philosophy that identifies desire as the root of human suffering, and provides guidance for transcending both desire and suffering.

3) Artists rely on standardized details and symbols to identify figures from Buddhist tradition and communicate key concepts within Buddhist belief.