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09/18/2019 - 01/05/2020
Newark (NJ)

Beyond Zen: Japanese Buddhism Revealed

Kannon (Sanskrit: Avalokiteshvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion, as the Merciful Mother, Meiji Period (1868-1912), Hanging scroll; ink, color and gold on silk, Newark Museum Purchase 1921, TR3.1921.2.

Time & Location

September 18, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Newark Museum (Newark, NJ)


This exhibition highlights approximately 50 magnificent works of Japanese Buddhist art from the collection of the Newark Museum, many of which have never been displayed previously. Organized by guest curator Midori Oka, Beyond Zen presents the basic tenets of Mahayana Buddhism in Japan, as well as how the objects were and continue to be key elements in Buddhist practice. Aspects of the faith are revealed through four thematic sections: Buddhas and Bodhisattvas; Ritual, Space, and Faith; Death and Beyond; and Masters and Disciples.

This exhibition is supported through the Exhibitions Abroad Support Program.

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