The Asian Art Museum is deeply saddened to hear of the heartbreaking, unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut this morning. Our thoughts are with those who are suffering.
Sho Kannon is one of the most popular deities in the Japanese Buddhist pantheon. He watches over humankind and extends his limitless compassion to all who suffer.
"I think the Dalai Lama is an amazing individual, but I think that Tibetans in general are really centered in the heart, coming from a real warm place. Real compassion. I think that all of the years that Tibet spent focused on Buddhism kind of affected the collective consciousness of Tibet and just kinda stayed in. It’s so deeply inlaid in the culture."
— RIP Adam Yauch, aka MCA of the legendary one-and-only Beastie Boys, who had a real seminal role in the adolescence (and adulthood) of many. We wanted to share this quote by him, as we appreciate those with influential power who shine the light on certain things that otherwise may not have made their way into mainstream awareness.