Garuda, Tibet, 18th century © The Trustees of the British Museum
Milarepa (1040–1123) in a Mountain Cave, Tibet or Bhutan, 18th century © Newark Museum, New York
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.