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Buddhist Art and Architecture in China

Buddhist Art and Architecture in China

Author: Aleisha Olson
Identify examples of Buddhist art and architecture from China.
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 Image of Vairocana Buddha, Longmen Caves, Luoyang, Public Domain,; Image of Paradise of Amitabha, Dunhuang,; Image of Fugong Si Pagoda, Creative Commons,



Terms to Know
Amida Buddha

Principal Buddha in the Pure Land sect, practiced primarily in East Asia, and known for longevity and possessing unlimited merits from good works over many past lives.


Someone who is capable of achieving enlightenment, but who is motivated by great compassion to assist others in their spiritual development.


Also known as nirvana, the highest state of spiritual being in Buddhism, characterized primarily by a complete lack of worldly desire.


A Chinese tower with multiple tiers and a bracketed wooden roof. It is based loosely on the idea of an Indian stupa.

Silk Road

A modern term that refers to the trade routes that linked Asia with the Mediterranean.


In Buddhism, an artistic grouping of three characters, usually Buddha in the center flanked by two bodhisattvas, but there could be some variation.