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Bridging Worlds: Buddhist Words and Works


All across Asia, Buddhists have developed architecture that both proclaims its Buddhist purpose and fits in to the local environment. Monasteries typically contain not only dwelling quarters for monks, but also temples or shrines centered on the Buddha and his retinue. The display presents monastic institutions and free-standing temples located in various climates, aesthetics, and creeds.

Raked gravel courtyard at Tofukuji, Kyoto, Japan; Gyantze monastery in arid Tibetan terrain; Wat in Bangkok Thailand