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Transforming Minds: Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche and Friends


11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tibet House US Gallery is delighted to partner with The Allen Ginsberg Estate and Jewel Heart International this fall on an exhibition of unique images by celebrated visionary poet Allen Ginsberg.

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), best known as one of the most influential poets of the 20th Century, is also recognized for his photography, intimately capturing friendships from the birth of the Beat Generation through the counter-cultural, cultural, and literary circles he helped inspire. Allen’s lifelong spiritual quest, beginning early on with visionary experiences involving 19th century English mystic & poet William Blake, ultimately evolved into a deep commitment to and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in the final decades of his life.

This extraordinary selection of images focuses on Allen’s Tibetan Buddhist teacher and friend, the renowned Tibetan Buddhist master, Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche (1938-2017), and his friends and students.

In 1989, Allen’s close friend, Philip Glass, a student of Rimpoche, brought Allen to Michigan to perform a benefit concert for Jewel Heart. Allen recalls their fortuitous meeting:

“ . . . Philip & I had come out to visit and perform Jewel Heart benefit. H.E. Gelek Rimpoche, once abbot of Gyuto Monastery in Lhasa, had learned Oxovian-accented English with my own root teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, his old friend, so we all fell in love.”

From that first meeting until Allen’s death in 1997, Rimpoche and Allen formed an indissoluble bond. Transforming Minds celebrates Rimpoche and Allen’s relationship and those times through the lens of Allen’s camera.

The exhibition will be viewable online and prints will be on sale through the Gallery and online, with proceeds supporting the sponsoring organizations.

COVID-19 protocol will be observed and updated as the situation evolves. Please check the website for updates, online and hybrid programs, and new hours.


The new hours for the Gallery are 11 – 4pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Timed tickets are required in order to view this show. The available time slots are for a duration of two hours. The available time slots are as follows: 11am – 1pm, and 2 – 4pm, limited to 25 people.

On view through December 12th, 2021

Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transforming-minds-kyabje-gelek-rimpoche-and-friends-tickets-168299844365


In accordance with NYC guidelines and our new COVID-19 safety protocols, we are asking all guests to please observe the following:

  • We are welcoming VACCINATED GUESTS ONLY (subject to change as the situation evolves)
  • TIMED ENTRY: Registration through our website.
  • WEAR A MASK: All visitors must wear masks or facial coverings that cover your mouth and nose at all times.
  • SIGN IN: Please have your proof of vaccination available (we recommend either the Excelsior or NYC COVID SAFE app) in addition to a valid ID that includes your name and photograph.
  • TRACK YOUR SYMPTOMS & EXPOSURE: Do not visit if you have a fever or do not feel well.
  • TEMPERATURE CHECK: Our staff will greet you upstairs.
  • RESPECT SOCIAL DISTANCING: Please maintain 6 feet between yourself and others.
  • WASH YOUR HANDS frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • RESPECT OUR POLICIES to participate in keeping us all safe!

What you can expect from us:

  • We have a fully vaccinated staff.
  • We are limiting the number of visitors in our spaces and have established one-way pathways.
  • We have increased cleaning protocols and installed hand sanitizing stations for staff and visitors.
  • We stay home when we’re feeling unwell.


Tibet House US Gallery
22 West 15th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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