Visions of Enlightenment runs at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (6393 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2), May 10-Sept 30, 2012. Visions of Enlightenment shows examples of Buddhist art from the main Buddhist traditions: the Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. In Vancouver, the latter traditions are well represented in the established Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Tibetan communities. The Theravada school represents the traditions of the Burmese, Thai and other Southeast Asian communities.
The objects on display illustrate the primary images found in Buddhist art, and offer viewers a varied visual experience, from an early 5th century Gandharan sculpture, to a Zen painting. Works of art in the exhibition focus on basic Buddhist concepts and images, and reflect the purpose of Buddhist art: why it is made, who made it, for whom, and how it is used; for example, in teaching, facilitating meditation, gaining merit, and for devotional purposes.
Opening times are:
Open daily 10 am to 5 pm
Open late on Tues til 9 pm
On Tuesday evenings 5-9 pm, the ticket is $9.00 per person (groups included).
For more information: http://www.moa.ubc.ca/exhibits/