Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment

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The Buddhist adept Virupa, approx. 1400-1450. China; Beijing, Ming dynasty (1368-1644). Bronze with gilding. Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Avery Brundage Collection, B62B20. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment

Instructor: 
Jeff Durham
When: 
January 18, 2020
Time: 
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Place: 
Koret Education Center, Asian Art Museum
Fee: 
$15 Society members; $20 non-members (after museum admission)


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Discover the mysteries of Tibetan Buddhist art with Dr. Jeff Durham, curator of the exhibition Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment. Using some of the most fascinating paintings and sculptures in the exhibition, Dr. Durham reveals how art, meditation and ritual practice operate together to help the student "awaken" to the true nature of the mind. From traditional masterworks to contemporary visions, you will see how this artistic tradition promotes the practice of visualization, the key meditative technique in Tibetan Buddhism. 

Jeff Durham is Associate Curator of Himalayan Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. His previous exhibitions range from small to large and include Divine Bodies: Sacred Imagery in Asian Art, A Guided Tour of Hell, and Enter the Mandala. During his nine years at the museum, he has published many academic articles focused on the issue of exhibiting sacred art in secular spaces. Prior to joining the Asian Art Museum, Dr. Durham was Professor of Religion at George Mason University in Virginia, St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York, and the University of North Carolina. A native of Ft. Worth, Jeff calls himself 'the first Texan Sanskritist.' 

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