In 1984, Bing studied for six weeks at the China Art Academy in Hangzhou with renowned abstract calligrapher Wang Dongling. The titles of several of these paintings suggest that Bing was imagining the wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, one of the most influential Buddhist scriptures. Scholar Lin Ma has documented that Bing’s personal Buddhist practice was Nichiren—a Japanese form of Buddhism drawing its basic doctrine from the Lotus Sutra (妙法蓮華經).


  • Title: Lotus Circle/Lotus Goddess
  • Creator: Bernice Bing
  • Date Created: 1986–1988
  • Medium: Watercolor and mixed media mounted on board
  • Credit Line: Gift of the Estate of Bernice Bing

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