Thursday, September 13, 6-8pm
This exhibition presents a series of exquisite, recent works by master calligrapher Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar. The central theme of the collection is the Medicine Buddha, and Jamyang explores various paths to elaborate the extraordinary and precious healing nature of the Medicine (Blue) Buddha, who comes from the eastern Pure Land. . . also called the Lapis Jewel Land. The Medicine Buddha is the supreme healer in Tibetan medicine and holistic healing tradition, a refuge in times of illness, and helps put an end to the three poisons: attachment, hatred, and ignorance.
Traditionally, this Buddha is depicted with a radiant Lapis Lazuli body, while holding a bowl of healing nectars in his left hand, and a medicine plant (myrobalan) in his right. Today, around the world, reciting the Medicine Buddha mantra, and visualizing the image of this particular Buddha, is widely practiced, in order to receive good health and protection. The exhibition, exclusively depicting the healing Buddha as its central theme, was prepared for display in the Tibet House US Gallery, and it offers a timely reminder of the extent to which the Ancient healing tradition of Tibet is regarded as sacred.
Jamyang Dorjee Chakrishar works with the Conservancy of Tibetan Arts and Culture, an international NGO dedicated to the preservation of Tibet’s living cultural heritage, and holds the world record for creating the longest calligraphic scroll. Jamyang’s calligraphic artworks often serve as meditation tools, have been exhibited internationally, and are included in private collections of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lodi Gyari Rinpoche, Richard Gere, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and others.