The Buddha

23 september 2016 until January 2017

A life story and a source of inspiration


Do you have a Buddha at home? What do you know about Buddhism?

Buddhism is hugely popular. The Netherlands alone has around 500 Buddhist centres. What makes the life story of this spiritual leader so intriguing? Why do we all fall for the portrait of the Buddha? And what do we actually know about this icon?


Do you have a Buddha at home?
What do you know about Buddhism?


Discover how Buddhism is experienced worldwide. Join us on a journey through centuries-old Chinese monasteries and to the Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal, to the Indonesian Borobudur and the so-called Tulip Buddhism in the Netherlands.

There have never been so many Buddha statues in the Tropenmuseum before. With the help of 100 Buddha statues, including unique international top items, you’ll follow the life story of one of the most inspiring figures in world history.