Index to Content
Visions of Enlightenment: Understanding the Art of Buddhism
is both a Flash experience and accessible to those with text-only
browsers and slower (or shall we say more contemplative?) Internet
connections. Links to HTML versions of Flash content can be found
on this page. The HTML versions will be especially handy for teachers
for classroom use. This site draws on the rich Buddhist art collections
of the Pacific Asia Museum and there are surprises everywhere—have
fun and explore! (PLEASE NOTE that VISIONS OF ENLIGHTENMENT is only available as an online exhibit; only some works may be found on display in the museum galleries).
These HTML pages replicate the text essays in the Flash section
and include links to larger images of each featured artwork suitable
for use in the classroom.
A text description of the Photo
Essays found in the Flash module.
Buddhism and Asian art are underused resources for teachers—and
for lifelong learning. The Visions of Enlightenment teaching materials
include discussion questions, activities, and suggestions for curriculum
connections. These draw on national social sciences frameworks and
standards as well as art and literacy—and the diversity and
human relations questions addressed by Buddhism.
A full glossary of Buddhist-related
terms. This glossary can be adapted by teachers as a vocabulary
Timeline & Map
PDF versions of the interactive and animated maps showing the life
of the Buddha and the spread of Buddhism over the last 2,500 years.
[You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print this PDF file
(Portable Document Format). You can download
a free version of Acrobat here.]
Ushnisha is the Pacific Asia Museum forum for happenings
in Buddhist art in southern California and throughout the world.
Feel free to join in with your commentary, but remember the words
of the Chinese patriarch Huineng : "In all conditions we should
be humble and polite." The Ushnisha is the bump on the Buddha’s
head that stands for wisdom and is one of the thirty-two marks of
a great man.
Captions & Credits
Includes image captions &
credits for all objects and photographs on the site,
plus web credits.
The Visions of Enlightenment Flash
module includes all of the above content, plus:
- an interactive timeline and map
- multimedia photo essays
- interactive objects with details
- a Fact or Fiction game
The Flash module requires the Flash 6 plug-in; you can
here to download it from Macromedia.