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Mar. 16,  2009

Tibet Week Celebrated March 23-28

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Emory University's annual Tibet Week is set for March 23-28. Through films, lectures, art and other exhibits and events, Tibet Week provides opportunities for the Emory and Atlanta communities to experience first-hand the diverse dimensions of Tibetan Buddhist culture, and brings both Tibetan artists and monks to campus as ambassadors to share religious and artistic traditions.

In 2007, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was named Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory, the first university appointment accepted by the 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate and leader of the Tibetan exile community. The appointment was an outgrowth of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, which was founded in 1998 to bring together the best of Western and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions. The partnership has led to the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, a program to integrate a comprehensive science curriculum developed by Emory faculty into the traditional studies of Tibetan monks and nuns. This collaboration has also resulted in the spring semester Tibetan studies abroad program in Dharamsala, India, run by Emory's Center for International Programs Abroad.

All Tibet Week events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. The Carlos Museum is located on the Emory quadrangle at 571 Kilgo Circle, Emory. Visitor parking is available in the Fishburne parking deck, 1672 N. Decatur Road. M

More information on Tibet Week and a full list of events.

Tuesday, March 17 – Friday, April 3

Tibetan Artists-in-Residence
Carlos Museum, Tate Room

For three weeks, two distinguished artists from the Norbulingka Institute -- Tenzin Norbu, Master thangka painter and teacher and Dolmakyap Zorgey, scholar and deputy managing director of the Institute -- will be in residence at the Carlos Museum demonstrating and discussing traditional Tibetan thangka painting techniques. A number of thangkas made by Norbulingka artists will be on display in the Tate Room, many of which will be available for sale.  Located near Dharamsala, India, Norbulingka Insititute is the Tibetan Government in Exile’s premier fine-arts center for teaching, training and research. The visit of these two artists is made possible by a Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation grant.

Public Demonstration Hours:

  • Tuesdays-Fridays, March 17–April 3, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 3–5 p.m.
  • Saturdays, March 21 and 28, 1-5 p.m. 

Monday, March 23

Mondays at the Museum: "Tenzin's Deer"
10:30-11:30 a.m., Asian galleries and Tate Room

Barbara Soros’s book "Tenzin’s Deer," illustrated by Danuta Mayer, is a story of compassion, healing and the guiding power of dreams. Sara McClintock, assistant professor in the Department of Religion, will read this story in the Asian galleries. Afterwards, children will participate in an art activity. Mondays at the Museum are designed for children 3-5 years old, accompanied by their parents.

Tibet Week Opening Ceremonies
Noon, Emory University Quadrangle

The colorful and vibrant opening ceremonies for Emory’s ninth annual Tibet Week will take place on the Emory Quadrangle in front of the Carlos Museum including the Tibetan traditional Sangsol Smoke Offering for peace and healing with Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi and the Drepung Loseling monks.

Panel Discussion: "Painting the Sacred: Reflections on Tibetan Thangkas"
7 p.m., Carlos Museum, Reception Hall

Panelists include Tara Doyle, assistant professor, Department of Religion, and Dolmakyap Zorgey and Tenzin Norbu, artists-in-residence from the Norbulingka Instititute. Moderated by John Dunne, associate professor, Department of Religion.

Tuesday, March 24

Sacred Chants and Meditation
1 p.m., Reception Hall, Carlos Museum

Chanting by Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling monks and meditation with Bobbi Patterson, senior lecturer, Department of Relgion.

Wednesday, March 25

Sacred Chants and Meditation
1 p.m., Reception Hall, Carlos Museum

Chanting by Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling monks and meditation with Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, graduate student, Department of Religion.

Tibetan Thangka Workshop for Teachers
5-7 p.m., Tate Room, Carlos Museum

Sara McClintock, assistant professor in the Department of Religion, will introduce teachers to artists from the Norbulingka Institute in India, at work on a thangka, a sacred Buddhist painting or appliqué on fabric, and will explain the history and symbolism of the thangka in Tibetan Buddhist religious thought.

To register call Julie Green at 404.727.2363.  $15 non-members, $10 members, Carlos Museum.

Emory Tibet Science Initiative
7 p.m., Reception Hall, Carlos Museum

Faculty members of the Emory Tibet Science Initiative discuss "Challenges and Rewards of Teaching Modern Science to Tibetan Monks and Nuns."

To fulfill the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative is creating an historic program of modern science education for Tibetan monks and nuns. Geshe Lhakdor, Director of the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and long-time religious assistant and personal translator for the Dalai Lama, and Lobsang Nyandak, Representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama in the Americas, will make remarks on the importance of this program.

Thursday, March 26

Sacred Chants and Meditation
1 p.m., Reception Hall, Carlos Museum

Chanting by Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery, and meditation with John Dunne, associate professor in the Department of Religion.

4 p.m., Reception Hallm, Carlos Museum

Enjoy a cup of chai masala as artist-in-residence Tenzin Norbu discusses a 17th century Tibetan thangka depicting the Patriarch of Ngor Monastery.

Film: "Cry of the Snow Lion"
7 p.m., Reception Hall, Carlos Museum

Film: Ten years in the making, "Cry of the Snow Lion" was filmed during nine journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal. This award-winning feature length documentary brings audiences to the long-forbidden "rooftop of the world" with an unprecedented richness of imagery, from rarely-seen rituals in remote monasteries, to horse races with Khamba warriors; from brothels and slums in the holy city of Lhasa, to magnificent Himalayan peaks still traveled by nomadic yak caravans. Tibet's recent past is powerfully chronicled through personal stories and interviews, and a collection of undercover and archival images never before assembled in one film.

Friday, March 27

Sacred Chants and Meditation
1 p.m., Reception Hall, Carlos Museum

Chanting by Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery, and meditation with Tara Doyle, senior lecturer in the Department of Religion.

Thangka Painting Workshop for Children
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Tate Room

Children will have the opportunity to observe and talk with Tenzin Norbu, a thangka painter-in-residence from the Norbulingka Institute in India, and then create their own paintings inspired by the materials and images in Tibetan thangkas. 

Fee:  $5 for Museum members; $7 for non-members. Ages 8-12 years. 

Pre-registration is required by E-mailing Nina West or by phone at 404.727.0519.

Gallery Talk
7 p.m., Level One Galleries, Carlos Museum

Marguerite Ingram discusses Tibetan works in the museum’s permanent collection.

Saturday, March 28, 11 a.m.

Closing Ceremony for Emory Tibet Week
11 a.m., Reception Hall, Carlos Museum

Emory’s Tibet Week will conclude with traditional chants by the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery and a meditation led by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership and senior lecturer in the Department of Religion. Master painter Tenzin Norbu from the Norbulingka Institute will create an extemporaneous painting as a spontaneous display of his artistic skill, imagination and creativity.


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