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Visions of Enlightened Masters | Padmasambhava: The Many Faces of Tibet’s “Second Buddha” | 7-9PM


7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Lecture series – 3 of 4:

Thursday, November 7; 7-9PM at Tibet House US
Padmasambhava: The Many Faces of Tibet’s “Second Buddha”
Ben Bogin, Associate Professor and Director of Asian Studies
General:$25/Members:$22.50 |  REGISTER HERE

A Speaker Series on Paintings of Historic Tibetan Leaders: Representations from the Tibet House Repatriation Collection

Saturday, September 7, Fridays, October 11, 25, Thursday, November 7, Wednesday, November 13

Professor Robert Thurman, Alexander Gardner, Ph.D, Alison Baldassano, Dominique Townsend, Katherine Anne Paul, Ph.D., Virginia and William M. Spencer 

Maybe we recognize their portraits, or know a thing or two about their teachings, but how much do we really know about the lives and representations of important Tibetan historic figures? In partnership with Bonhams Auctioneers, Tibet House will host a speaker series inviting experts to unpack portraits of Tibetan leaders from paintings and sculptures within the Repatriation Collection. The series will explore the meaning and function of these images as well the impact their subjects had on Tibetan art, culture and history.

A free introductory lecture by Professor Robert Thurman held at Bonhams will inaugurate the series, followed by four evening lectures held at Tibet House. These lectures are meant for a popular audience and will be presented by specialists in the field of Tibetan art, religion, and history.

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Saturday, September 7 at 3PM at Bonhams, NYC – Introductory Lecture
Tibetan Art as Buddhist Post-Millennial Flourishing: Shakyamuni, Tsong Khapa, and the Dalai Lama Tradition
Professor Robert Thuman at Bonhams (580 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022)
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Friday, October 11; 7-9PM at Tibet House US
Ngorchen and Ngor Monastery: A New Order of Artistic Splendor
Alexander Gardner, Ph.D., Director, Treasury of Lives
General:$25/Members:$22.50 | 

Friday, October 25; 7-9PM at Tibet House US
Surrounded by Masters: Time, Tradition, and Supremacy in the Portrait of an Unidentified Polymath
Alison Baldassano, Researcher and Collections Specialist, Brooklyn Museum, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
General:$25/Members:$22.50 | 

Thursday, November 7; 7-9PM at Tibet House US
Padmasambhava: The Many Faces of Tibet’s “Second Buddha”
Ben Bogin, Associate Professor and Director of Asian Studies, Bard College
General:$25/Members:$22.50 |  REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, November 13; 7-9PM at Tibet House US
Projecting Ideals: Image and Actions in Tibetan Portraits
Katherine Anne Paul, Ph.D., Virginia and William M. Spencer Curator of Asian Art, Birmingham Museum of Art
Idealized images of Tibetan teachers are pervasive in the arts of Tibet—not only as central portrait figures in sculptures and paintings, but also at the edges of paintings where deities take center stage. This illustrated talk—featuring rare works from the Tibet House US Repatriation Collection—will decode the rich significance of these portraits unpacking the seemingly superficial characteristics of their physiques to the codification of their garments. Additionally, and most importantly for Tibetan practice, how their spiritual study and ritual actions are projected through the company they keep within a painting and the ritual implements selected as their attributes.
General:$25/Members:$22.50 |  REGISTER HERE

SERIES – To attend all four lectures held at Tibet House US (Oct.11, 25, Nov. 7 and 13; 7-9pm)
General:$90/Members:$81  | REGISTER HERE

About Tibet House US Repatriation Collection

Started in 1992, the Tibet House Repatriation Collection is an important part of the Tibet US mandate from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and serves as a ‘guardianship’ museum to collect and conserve the best and most diverse examples of Tibetan sacred, fine and folk arts, ultimately to repatriate to a National Museum in a free Tibet. Generous collectors who love Tibetan art and who are deeply concerned about the ultimate disposition of the cultural heritage of the Tibetan people are giving back representative examples of the vast and sophisticated repertoire of Tibetan arts. Since the Chinese communist occupation of Tibet beginning in 1949, the majority of these art works and Buddhist manuscripts were destroyed, particularly during the Cultural Revolution. Surviving art objects have slowly found their way to the Western art market and an emerging understanding of their aesthetic quality and symbolic iconography has firmly established the reputation of the Tibetan artistic tradition in its own right. The Collection has grown to include over 1,000 paintings, manuscripts and artifacts, on view in rotation at Tibet House US in New York City.


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