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Asian Art Museum
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San Francisco, CA 94102

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"Lightning Vehicle" is one translation for Vajrayana, a form of Buddhism, and mandala-related artworks belong especially to this way of enlightenment (or “vehicle”). 
In the Lightning Vehicle, "lightning" is one common translation of the word vajra. Also translated as "diamond," vajra is translated as “lightning” in this exhibition to emphasize the power and swiftness of the Lightning Vehicle’s art and philosophy. These types of artworks are displayed in this exhibition.  Artworks from across cultures influenced by Lightning Vehicle thought are displayed in this exhibition. 

By exploring them, you can learn about the purpose of mandalas, typical imagery used in mandala artwork, and the directional Buddhas that make up the mandala.