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In Conversation with Met Curator, Kurt Behrendt on “Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations”

LIZ LUNA
Curatorial Liaison at Artsy
19 March 2014

Dissected Buddha, 2013, by Gonkar Gyatso

Gonkar Gyatso Dissected Buddha, 2013 Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tibet and India: Buddhist Traditions and Transformations,” on view through June 8 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, explores the Tibetan Buddhist tradition from two lenses: how contacts with North India in the 11th and 12th centuries led to a flourishing Buddhist Tradition in Tibet, and how the contemporary work of Tibetan Buddhist artists Gonkar Gyatso and Tenzing Rigdol is having an impact today. I recently toured the galleries with Kurt Behrendt, assistant curator and the show’s organizer, to learn more about the exhibition.

Liz Luna: Can you start by talking about the premise for the exhibition, and what drew you to this topic? Continue reading

Symbolism in Buddhist Art (video)

From the online journal Buddhadharma (at ShambhalaSun), a series of video links to lectures on Buddhist art by Nicholas Egan. –   Buddhist art news

Buddhadharma 

Tibetan Gallery & Studio Presents a Lecture Series: Teachers & Transmissions in the Thanbhochi

Our premiere lecture, by Nicholas Egan, began to scratch the surface on the complexities of this ancient Tibetan art. We have taped it, and you can find links to the different segments below.

In the first segment, Nick discusses the difference between art for purpose and art for art’s sake.

In part two, Nick explores the iconography of Shakyamuni Buddha and his two primary disciples. Continue reading

Kyoto temple to show long-concealed Buddhist statues for the first time

Asahi Shimbun
TOMOYOSHI KUBO/ Staff Writer
14 November 2013

The three Buddhist statues in the foreground were hidden inside the larger Bishamonten standing statue at Bishamon-do Shourinji temple in Kyoto. (Noboru Tomura)

The three Buddhist statues in the foreground were hidden inside the larger Bishamonten standing statue at Bishamon-do Shourinji temple in Kyoto. (Noboru Tomura)

KYOTO–A temple here will offer the first public viewing of two 250-year-old Buddhist statues and one dating back a millennium that were hidden in the body of a larger statue.

The three statues were discovered in 2009 at Bishamon-do Shourinji temple in Higashiyama Ward. They had been concealed in a 30-centimeter-high, deep-red case within the waist of a 1.5-meter-high standing statue of Bishamonten, a god that protects Buddhism and the principal image of the temple.

The three statues are called Bishamonten Sanzonzo, or “three reverend statues of Bishamonten.”

The standing statue has also been secretly kept at the temple, a branch of the Tofukuji temple that heads the Tofukuji school of the Rinzai sect of Buddhism.

The three statues were shown to the media on Nov. 12. They will be available for public viewing starting on Nov. 15. Continue reading

“Open to openness”: How Buddhism influenced the creative life of Philadelphia artist Doris Staffel

Shambhala Sun
01 Nov 2013

Doris Staffel, Untitled, from the ‘White Tara’ series, c. 1972-1973

“I had to learn to be open to openness, which is not easy to do.” Such is the way Doris Staffel described how her 45 years of Buddhist practice informed her growth into one of the Philadelphia area’s most respected and beloved artists and teachers. Staffel passed away on September 13 at the age of 91. A celebration of her life, artistry, spirit, and legacy is to take place today at Philadelphia’s Arch Street Meeting House.

Doris Staffel began exploring Buddhist teachings and meditation in 1968, according to an extensivePhiladelphia Inquirer obituary, and this quickly colored how she taught. Betsey Batchelor, a student of Staffel’s at the Philadelphia College of Art in 1972, remembers this:

“Her teaching methods were influenced by Buddhism, Batchelor said. She recalled struggling with a painting in class once and hearing Mrs. Staffel softly say: ‘When you have a necklace and it has a knot in it, you don’t yank at it.’” Continue reading

Tibetan Handicrafts Co-op launches online retail shop

Tibet.net
October 25, 2013

Kalon Dolma Gyari (centre) with Special Guest Mr Siva Reddy, managing director of GOCOOP and Mr Tashi Wangdu, CEO of FTCI.

Kalon Dolma Gyari (centre) with special guest Mr Siva Reddy, Managing Director of GOCOOP and Mr Tashi Wangdu, CEO of FTCI at the launch of TIBETeSHOP.com

DHARAMSHALA: Home Kalon Dolma Gyari of the Central Tibetan Administration today launched an online retail shop for Tibetan handicrafts and artefacts. The online shop, TIBETeSHOP.com is an initiative of the Federation of Tibetan Co-operatives in India (FTCI) Ltd.

Lauding the efforts of FTCI to provide innovative services and products, Kalon Dolma Gyari said that this online shop is a step in the right direction, adding that such initiatives are in tune with the 14th Kashag’s principles of unity, innovation and self- reliance. She expressed hope that this online shop would cater to consumers of Tibetan products worldwide, thereby procuring more profit for Tibetan artisans and craftsmen. Continue reading

AKSHA: Preserving Asian sacred art traditions

AKSHA is a platform for preserving knowledge within Asian spiritual art traditions and supporting their application in the contemporary world.

We give collectors, artists, and students access to teachings conveyed through art, while plugging regional craftsmen into a global community.

Washington, DC Festival: BUDDHAFEST [20 – 23 June 2013]

BuddhaFest

Featuring Leading Teachers & Speakers:

Robert Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan, Venerable Pannavati Bhikkhuni, Rev. Marilyn Sewell, Ruth King, Anand Mehrotra, Marianne Elliott and Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr.

BuddhaFest is a 4-day festival inspired by the Buddhist practices of mindfulness, compassion and meditation. It’s held at Artisphere in Rosslyn, VA, just outside Washington, DC. Last year’s festival filled over 4,000 seats, and almost all events sold out. PLEASE GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY.

Artisphere is conveniently located just off Route 66 and the George Washington Memorial Parkway, near the Key Bridge. It’s two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro, and parking is free.

More info [here].