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H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III - IAMA

Updated: Apr 29, 2021

H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III - IAMA

When IAMA was first founded, His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III loaned the museum about 100 of his artworks. His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III has been recognized with numerous awards over the years, such as the Presidential Gold Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy Award for International Service and Leadership, Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Arts in 2004, and the World Peace Prize at the US Capitol in 2011.

On February 10th, 2004, at the office of British Council in Washington D.C., the Royal Academy of Arts awarded Fellowship to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. His Holiness was the first to be conferred the title of Fellow by that Academy in more than two hundred years.

The artworks of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III on display at International Art Museum of America (IAMA) include oil paintings, ink paintings, calligraphy, and sculptures. IAMA’s Treasure Room contains four Yun sculptures by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. His Holiness coined the term Yun Sculpture to reflect the natural harmony and charm that these sculptures embody. On July 28th, 2003, in Washington D.C., the Congress of the United States and the Organization of American States held a Yun Sculpture Exhibition in the Rayburn building at the Capitol. Those sculptures were praised by attending Congresspersons and dignitaries as being a great contribution to mankind, miraculously surpassing the beauty of natural creations, reflecting the highest and most refined level of art possible, and treasures from heaven.

His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III also has developed sixteen unique and innovative styles of painting, which are described as below.


Such paintings are even more lifelike, appealing, detailed, and beautiful than the actual subjects they portray.

Painting Tiles (彩繪磁磗)


The true appearance of the subject portrayed is changed in these captivating ink-wash paintings, resulting in an unconventional image that both looks like yet does not look like the actual subject.

Native Land (故土)


Brushwork skills suggestive of scholarliness and poetic charm embody these paintings.

True Source of Calligraphy and Painting (書畫真源)

FANGFA (放發派)

This delightful painting style is lively yet natural, producing a dynamic and fascinating effect from scattered ink.

Cat of Unique Charm (靈猫)


Realism and non-realism are combined to capture the image of the subject portrayed, resulting in a seeming likeness but actual non-likeness of the subject. Brush strokes and color application produce a strong fanciful look to these paintings, a lovely, hazy look in which the real and the surreal mingle.