A constellation of yogas

So many yogas, so little time…  and so few words.  In my WSJ review of "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" at the Smithsonian's Sackler, I did not have the space to single out an 8th-century ivory carving from Kashmir.  Less than five inches tall, it draws you into the story of the Buddha as he adopts,  then rejects … Continue reading A constellation of yogas

Masters of Mercy – and sartorial splendor

Once I got over marveling at how horribly beautiful hell could be, I found myself staring at the silks -- not the silk Kano Kazunobo painted on, but the silks he depicted the Buddha's disciples wearing.  I'm talking about a selection of 19th-century scroll paintings that form the  centerpiece of  "Masters of Mercy: Buddha’s Amazing … Continue reading Masters of Mercy – and sartorial splendor

crossing into hell

"Masters of Mercy" -- what a well constructed show of paintings featuring rakans, the Buddha's disciples (or luohan as the Chinese refer to them) who so often stare out with fierce expressions, as though to remind us that this whole enlightenment business is hard work. The show starts with a couple of paintings by Kano … Continue reading crossing into hell