The British Library's new exhibition will explore the origins and philosophy of Buddhism, from its early beginnings in India to having more than 1 billion followers today.
The exhibition will include many rare and beautiful treasures from colourful scrolls and cosmologies, to lavishly painted manuscripts, temple banners and bejewelled books. The objects will span 2,000 years and come from 20 countries, making it the largest display of its kind ever held at the British Library.
You will be able to read sacred scriptures on tree bark, follow the life of Buddha on exquisite silk scrolls, and learn why Buddhism was pivotal in developing many of the writing and printing techniques that carried stories and ideas across Asia.
You will also learn a little about current customs through contemporary art, film and audio, and gain an insight into modern meditative practices and the Buddhist concepts of compassion and loving-kindness.
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Free tour around the Benjamin Franklin House – 21 to 22 Sep 2019 – Enjoy a free tour around Benjamin Franklin's townhouse, when the building takes part in 'Open House Weekend'.
Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh Tutankhamun – 2 Nov 2019 to 3 May 2020 – More than 150 artefacts from Tutankhamun's tomb will be put on display to celebrate the 100th anniversary of their discovery
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If you enjoy British Library then you might like to visit Charles Dickens Museum (walk it in 14 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Russell Square), Dr. Johnson’s House (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Temple), Globe Theatre (catch the train from Kings Cross St Pancras to Southwark), Keats’ House (catch the train from Kings Cross St Pancras to Hampstead) and Sherlock Holmes Museum (walk it in 30 mins or catch the tube from Kings Cross St Pancras to Baker Street)
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