Concept

The Title: “Space and Bliss”

The title “Space and Bliss” illustrates an important key topic in Diamond Way Buddhism: Space and bliss are two basic qualities of the human mind. Space stands for the limitless possibilities that are naturally inherent in mind. Joy emerges, if one becomes aware of these possibilities and uses them for the benefit of all. The statues, thangka-prints and ritual objects shown in the exhibition express these qualities.

The Accompanying Title: “Treasures of Himalayan Art”

Because of its remoteness and its clear space, the Himalayan region is an area of great spirituality. It has yielded many great meditation masters, and their experience is also evidenced by superior craftsmanship. The statues from Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan have a particular historical value for us, since they are messengers of ancient cultures, which are more than 2400 years old. Furthermore, the arrangement of the exhibition corresponds to a traditional basic pattern (mandala). Due to this configuration, the visitors of the exhibition will enter the power field of the Buddhas.

Symbolism of the Exhibits

In Buddhism, statues and thangkas (scroll paintings) are carriers of a deep symbolism, which goes beyond the purely artistic aspect. This is why the exhibition does not only display unique art treasures from the Himalayas, but also reflects inner mental abilities, such as openness, joy, and compassion. The exhibits are all filled, painted and blessed according to Buddhist tradition. They are also used as objects of meditation.

Structure of the Exhibition

The basic topic of the exhibition is the Buddhist Refuge: One turns one‘s mind towards lasting values. In Tibetan Buddhism, the refuge is pictured as the so called Refuge Tree. More…