Tibet’s Secret Temple

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Garuda, Tibet, 18th century © The Trustees of the British Museum

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Milarepa (1040–1123) in a Mountain Cave, Tibet or Bhutan, 18th century © Newark Museum, New York

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Lukhang Temple with Potala Palace on left hand side, Frederick Spencer Chapman © Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

Discover the history of Tibetan Buddhist yogic and meditational practices at this major exhibition from the Wellcome Collection. Over 120 objects from across the world feature in the display which takes inspiration from the 17th century murals adorning the walls of the Lukhang Temple in Lhasa, Tibet. The secret temple was built during the reigns of the fifth and sixth Dalai Lamas and provided a sanctuary for the Dalai Lamas to use on their journeys towards enlightenment. Artefacts including scroll paintings, statues, manuscripts and films fill the 12 themed rooms which each explore a different aspect of the Lukhang including its history, Tibetan Buddhist beliefs systems, and modern day understandings of meditation and wellbeing.

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This exhibition was not what I had expected. It was a regular exhib displaying many items and artifacts to do with temples, worship, beliefs and religion. Queued for 25 mins to get in (Saturday afternoon) and it was really busy throughout. Very colourful and vibrant with lots of information on each item. A great exhibition considering it's free. And the time lapse video of a sand mandala being made showing as you queue is worth a watch whether you visit the display or not. Incredible.