Folio 20 (verso), from a Gandavyuha-sutra (Scripture of the Supreme Array)

Folio 20 (verso), from a Gandavyuha-sutra (Scripture of the Supreme Array)

1000-1100s

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Ink on palm leaf

Average: 4.2 x 52.4 cm (1 5/8 x 20 5/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1955.49.1.b

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In this text, enlightened teachers are called "True Friends" (kalyanamitra).

Description

According to the text, the exemplary youth Sudhana was inspired to seek enlightenment after hearing the teachings of Manjushri, the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. Manjushri sent him to find a teacher, who explained one aspect of reaching enlightenement, and who, in turn, sent him to find another, and on until he heard the teachings of 52 teachers and reached his goal.

See also
Collection: 
Indian Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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