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Sacred Spaces - National Museum of Asian Art

Sacred Spaces

A dense arrangement of golden figural statues, vessels, altars, and textile wall hangings, displayed in a warmly lit, red-colored room.

From small domestic altars to grand temple halls, city-center stupas to mountaintop caves, the sacred spaces of Tibetan Buddhism are extraordinarily diverse. Inside, however, they share a great deal. The tradition’s many holy figures—human and divine, wrathful and peaceful—crowd walls and altars as practitioners fill the spaces with offerings, chants, and movement.

Here, enter the variety of Tibetan Buddhism’s sacred spaces, and explore the different practices that take place within and around them.