Symbolism in Buddhist Art (video)

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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.

In part three, Nick discusses the Nyingma section of the thanbhochi.

And in part four, Nick discusses the Kagyu section of the thanbhochi.

Tibetan Gallery & Studio in Sebastopol, California, is the only place in the world outside of Tibet where you can watch a Tibetan master create a giant ceremonial thangka, known as thanbhochi. The two-story canvas comprises 37 Buddhas, deities, and teachers.

Nicholas Egan is a Dharma teacher in the Nyingma tradition and has a PhD in Buddhist Studies. A student of Anam Thubten Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, he is known for his clear and accessible teaching style and is the founder of the Advaya Institute. He has been leading pilgrimages to Asia since 2005 and has led groups to Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Mongolia, China, and Thailand.

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