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Los Angeles: The 8th-Annual Distinguished Lecture on South and Southeast Asian Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Sunday, April 13, 2014

Robert Linrothe, specialist in Buddhist art of the Himalayas, examines the artistic grandeur of the Sumstek shrine in present-day northern India in his talk titled “The Three-Story ‘Heap of Jewels’: A Buddhist Shrine at Alchi in the Western Himalayas.” A site famous for its architecture, sculpture, and painting it is one of the surviving wonders of the Himalayan world.

The Tibetan name of this shrine (gsum brtsegs rin chen brtsegs pa) refers to a metaphorical “heap of jewels” in the sense of portraying the Tibetan Buddhist understanding of valuable truths. But in another sense, the name is also literally true:  some of the pigments of the wall paintings were ground precious stones and metals such as azurite and gold. All four interior walls, and three over-life-size sculptures are covered with miniature paintings, as if the artists were trained manuscript illuminators tasked with making murals.

Despite the importance of this site as a benchmark in the history of Himalayan art, its date is still controversial. Professor Linrothe discusses the attribution of the bulk of the painting to Kashmiri-trained artists, examines what is at stake in the dating controversy, and assesses the evidence on both sides of the question.

Robert Linrothe is an associate professor of art history at Northwestern University. From 2002 to 2004 he served as the inaugural curator of Himalayan Art at the Rubin Museum in New York. In 2008 he was a scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute.

LACMA, Brown Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Southern Asian Art Council


[San Francisco Lecture] Down to the Bone: Duality, Mortality and Impermanence in Tibetan Buddhist Arts and Ritual [September 21, 2013]

University of Southern California calendar
18 September, 2013

The Society for Asian Art presents a talk with Tamara Hill on the wrathful, ironic, and amusing depictions of skeletons, bones, and skulls in Tibetan Tantric Buddhist arts and rituals.


Asian Art Museum, Education Studios
When: September 21, 2013, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Address: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Cost: $45 Society Members, $55 Non-Members (after Museum admission)
Phone: 415-581-3701

This illustrated lecture is about the wrathful, ironic, and amusing depictions of skeletons, bones, and skulls in Tibetan Tantric Buddhist arts and rituals. Images and artifacts that confront us with our own mortality and duality will be featured based on the presenter’s travels and experiences in the Himalayas and will be illustrated with her original photographs. The focus will be on the transformative and positive impact of these fearsome images of death and the skeletal body – visual metaphors that point to inner, spiritual regeneration and illumined awareness. Continue reading

Pennsylvania, U.S. Event: “The Art of the Living Moment,” July 18 – 21

Buddhist Door
11 July, 2013

The Gathering hosts “The Art of the Living Moment,” July 18-21 on the Keystone College campus, a nationally recognized annual conference for people of diverse backgrounds who share the idea that imagination can help solve problems that threaten communities, both large and small. The Gathering features lectures, workshops, performances and discussions.

This year’s theme is “The Art of the Living Moment,” derived from the Buddhist practice of living in the present. “The Art of the Living Moment” will feature several renowned artists, poets and writers, as well as Tibetan Lamas (spiritual teachers) of the Drepung Loseling Monastery. Continue reading

Brighton Lecture: Celebrating Creativity and the Buddha’s Enlightenment

Brighton Buddhist Centre


How can we be vitally alive through the practice of meditation, Buddhism and Art?
Discover how artists have celebrated Enlightenment. Includes meditation, presentation and discussion.
Vidyadasa is an artist, performer, yoga teacher and an Ordained Buddhist in the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Sat 25 May 2013  2:30pm – 4:30pm FREE


NSW, Australia course: Buddhist Art and Contemporary Culture, June 2013

This is a 5 day intensive course from 3-7 June 2013.

Understanding Buddhist art is an essential part of understanding and analysing the influence of Buddhism from historical to modern times.

‘Buddhist Art and Contemporary Culture’ explores the history and development, form and meaning of Buddhist arts and their influence in different cultures and contexts.

Topics include the beauty of Chan and Purity Land, Buddhist architecture, spiritual totems of Tibetan Buddhists, calligraphy and stone inscriptions, as well as the influence of Buddhism on art, music and dance in different cultures. Continue reading

Dublin: Festival of Buddhist Culture


Date: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 – Sat, Dec 8, 2012

MadArt Gallery & Studio,
56 Lower Gardiner Street,
Dublin 1
Photographic Exhibition: The Buddhist Kingdom Of Bhutan
Art Exhibition: Traditional Buddhist Statues and Thangkas (Buddhist paintings)
Movie Nights: First public screening in Ireland of “Looking for Ancient Tibet”
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday 30th of November at 6 pm
Please join us for the lectures with the western Buddhist teacher, Roland Beck.
Lectures will run approximately 1.5 hours followed by a Q&A and a guided meditation. The lectures and meditation are suitable for newcomers and experienced Buddhists alike.

Saturday 1st Dec, 6 pm
Public talk ‘Introduction to Buddhism’

An evening lecture with a qualified western Buddhist teacher, a transmission of Buddha’s deep wisdom and its application in our every day live.
Admission €5
Sunday 2nd Dec 1 pm
Public talk ‘Buddhism in the West’
An afternoon lecture on how the 2500 year old Buddhist wisdom relates to modern life, western values and modern science.
Admission €5.