|Closed||Mondays, except 3/21, and closed on 3/22|
|Hours||10 am to 5 pm
(entrance closed at 4:30 pm)
|General admission||Adult 1000 yen, Student 800 yen|
The exhibition “Buddhist Teachings, for All Eternity” presents masterpieces of sacred Buddhist paintings depicting Shaka-nyorai (Sakyamuni), Amida-nyorai (Amithaba), Dainichi-nyorai (Mahavairocana), Miroku-bosatsu (Maitreya) who will be nyorai in the future, and the Buddhist monks called Rakan (Arhats) who link the present with the future.
Transcending time and space, Buddhism unfolds as a world of faith in the nyorai, or awakened ones. They include the following: Shaka, who attained enlightenment living in this world as a human being; Miroku, who will be the next nyorai in this world when 5,670 million years have passed since Shaka’s death; Amida, who descends from the Western Pure Land when a human being dies; and Dainichi, who is an avatar of the core of absolute truth in Buddhism. In addition to the assorted imagery of these deities, one of the other highlights of the exhibition is the Shaka Triad and the Sixteen Arhats (19 scrolls from the collection of the Tokiwayama Bunko Foundation), which depict the sacred monks who protect the Buddhist faith in this world by extending their life until the appearance of Miroku.