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The Arts: Discovering Buddhist Art

Discovering Buddhist Art, an interactive site that accompanied a show at the Seattle Art Museum, includes pieces from the institution's collections that weren't on display at the museum. Among dozens of Buddhas -- busts, heads, architectural fragments, and standing figures, a standout is Shakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, depicted with long earlobes, hair in a topknot, and a bump on the forehead denoting wisdom. The exhibit includes Boddhisattvas and colorful mandalas, a video of Tibetan monks making a sand mandala, Otherworldly Beings, Buddhist Teachers, Animals, Manuscripts, Ritual Objects, and Containers. <>