China, 15th century Crowned Buddha. Collection of The Newark Museum, Gift of Herman and Paul Jaehne, 1941. Photograph by John Bigelow Taylor, N.Y.C.
Interest in Buddhism is greater today than ever before as people around the world seek spiritual fulfilment and find strength in meditation. But to which Buddha do people respond: the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni? The Primordial Buddha? Or perhaps the Future Buddha Maitreya? As Buddhism has evolved over time among different cultures there emerged a multitude of Buddhas. This exhibition of sculptures, paintings and textiles with images from the three main schools of Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana (or Tantric) will stress the pervading universality of Buddha across all times and across geographical, cosmic and virtual space.