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  • Tibetan Art and the Transformation of the Buddhist Mind

    Talks & Lectures

    Feb 29
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    Free with museum admission

    1—4 PM

    1-2:30pm Conversation with Khenpo Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche and  exhibition curator Dr. Jeffrey Durham 
    1-4pm Painting demonstration by Jamyong Singye

    Khenpo Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche joins exhibition curator Dr. Jeffrey Durham in conversation to explore artworks on view in Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment. They will reveal some of the ingenious methods that Tibetan Buddhist artists and teachers have used to guide the course of awareness for over a thousand years and the deeply meditative context in which and for which much of the art in Awaken was intended. Jamyong Singye, a master thangka painter, will be on hand to demonstrate his techniques of grinding precious minerals down to make paint and answer your questions.

    Khenpo Orgyen Chowang Rinpoche, originally from Eastern Tibet and now residing in the Bay Area, is a meditation master and teacher in the Nyingma lineage of the Buddhist tradition. He is the author of “Our Pristine Mind: A Practical Guide to Unconditional Happiness” and is known for his accessible, passionate and joyful approach to personal transformation. In 2011, Rinpoche founded Pristine Mind Foundation (previously known as Atiamrita). 

    Born in remote Eastern Tibet, Jamyong Singye studied with renowned artist Ge Ga Lama. Recognized as a Living Master, he lectures around the world on Tibetan culture and thangka painting. He was one of 10 featured artists selected for 2014 U.N. Global Peace Campaign Billboards, showcased in San Francisco.

    The Asian Art Museum is committed to making its events accessible to all. This event is wheelchair accessible and assistive listening devices (ALDs) will be provided. ASL interpretation available upon request; please email visit@asianart.org two weeks prior to the event to request an interpreter. 

Lead Sponsor

Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The presentation at the Asian Art Museum is made possible with the generous support of The Bernard Osher Foundation, Joan L. Danforth, Walter Jared Frost and David Salman, and Lucy Sun and Warren Felson. 

Sustained support generously provided by the Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang Endowment Fund for Exhibitions.


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