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Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture

Chinese Buddhist Art and Architecture

Author: Erin Aldana

This lesson will explore the art and architecture of Buddhism in China.

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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.

  • Bodhisattva

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

  • Enlightenment

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

  • Pagoda

    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.

  • Triad

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