Artist spotlight: Jōchō Busshi (定朝), Japanese sculptor of the Heian period, died 1057 AD. He popularized the yosegi technique of sculpting a single figure out of many pieces of wood, and he redefined the canon used to create Buddhist imagery. His style spread across Japan and defined Japanese sculpture for the next 150 years. Today, art historians cite Jōchō as “the first of a new kind of master sculptor” and “one of the most innovative artists Japan has ever produced”. The work sho
Kalachakra refers to specific tantric practices and commentaries that center around the idea of the cycle (chakra) of time (kala), from planetary cycles to the cycles of human breath. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has been instrumental in bringing these teachings to the West. As a deity, Kalachakra is an omniscient all-seeing Buddha who is said to be the living manifestation of time itself.