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Entries for month: November 2009

New Narrative Content on HAR

November 30, 2009 ·

A number of short biographies have been added to the HAR website:
Atisha Dipamkara Shrijnana
Sachen Kunga Nyingpo
Sonam Tsemo
Dragpa Gyaltsen
Drogmi Lotsawa
1st Karmapa, Dusum Kyenpa
Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro
Dolpopa
Kedrub Kyungpo Naljor
Gyurme Dechen
Namka Palzang
Tashi Paltseg
1st Dalai Lama

Also see the Religious Traditions Section for short explanations on the:
Nyingma Tradition
Kadam Tradition
Sakya Tradition
Kagyu (Marpa) Tradition
Shangpa Tradition
Zhije/Cho Tradition
Jonang Tradition
Gelug Tradition

 

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'My Gallery' - Create Your Own Gallery of Images

November 30, 2009 ·

'My Gallery' is a new feature added to the HAR site during the extensive back-end changes made during the month of November. 'My Gallery' is a personal, visitor generated, collection of images placed in a custom page titled 'My Gallery' - meaning your gallery. To use this feature all that is required is that you sign-up using an e-mail address. After that, during times of browsing the collection and when landing on an individual object and image page, select the 'Add to My Gallery' link adjacent to the image. This link will automatically add the image to your personal 'My Gallery.' Add and remove images as often as you like. Find the link to 'My Gallery' located in the left hand navigation menu on most HAR pages. The HAR Team is still field testing the 'My Gallery' and would be greatful for any comments or suggestions regarding the new feature or other aspects of the HAR site.

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Exhibition: Tibet/China Confluences (MFA Boston)

November 29, 2009 ·

Tibet/China Confluences
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - Sunday, May 23, 2010.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Panjarnata_Mahakala"The Carpenter gallery is usually home to Chinese paintings, of which the Museum of Fine Arts holds one of the world’s great collections. The current exhibition is a departure. It does feature some Chinese paintings, but it also includes works from Tibet. Since the fourteenth century, Chinese and Tibetan art have engaged in a vigorous and mutually sustaining dialogue, each side learning from and influencing the other. "Tibet/China Confluences" explores that dialogue."

"Tibetan paintings first appeared in China in large numbers during the fourteenth century. Their vibrant colors, intense imagery, and bold compositions attracted Chinese viewers, and Chinese painters began to borrow aspects of Tibetan style. In turn, Tibetan painters emulated the sensitive naturalism of the Chinese tradition—botanical paintings and landscapes in particular. The resulting works are sometimes called "Sino-Tibetan" or "Tibeto-Chinese," reflecting the fact that the traditions are often so closely interwoven as to constitute new, hybrid styles.

With support from the June N. and John C. Robinson Fund for Chinese Paintings in Honor of Marjorie C. Nordblom."

To learn more about the image above visit the MFA Boston Gallery on the HAR website and view image number #87211 for Panjarnata Mahakala. Also see the Mahakala Resource Page, Panjarnata Outline Page and a selection of Panjarnata Masterworks.

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HAR Server Changes: Good Things Come in Threes

November 25, 2009 ·

During the past month the HAR website has made a number of necessary technical changes both in how the site serves up information and in new features.

1). HAR has changed hosting servers and upgraded to a new and improved operating system. Some visitors to the site will notice a significant change in speed. Pages will load faster and it will be easier to move from page to page. This has been especially noticable with those visitors that use Apple computers.

2). The 'New on the Site' page, sometimes called 'News,' has been re-configured and slightly re-formatted. It functions the same as before and all of the old posts have been transferred over to appear seamless with the old/new page. Those of you sitting in the front seats and paying attention will remember from recent news updates why this change had to be made. The 'News' page will now be seen and accessible to many more people than it was before.

3). 'My Gallery' is a new feature added to the HAR site during the changes of the last month. 'My Gallery' is a personal, visitor generated, collection of images placed in a custom page titled 'My Gallery.' To use this feature all that is required is for the visitor to sign-up using an e-mail address. During periods of browsing the collection and when landing on an individual object page, select the 'Add to My Gallery' link adjacent to the image. This link will automatically add the image to your 'My Gallery.' Add and remove images as often as you like. A link to 'My Gallery' is located in the left hand navigation menu on most HAR pages. The HAR Team is still field testing this new feature and would be greatful for any comments or suggestions for improvement.

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New Biographies on HAR

November 24, 2009 ·

Jamyang Chokyi LodroThe Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation has started a new website called the Treasury of Lives with a mission to translate or paraphrase the biographies of the major Tibetan Buddhist Teachers. It is still a work in progress. Most of the biographies from this site will likely not have any corresponding image other than possibly a block print depiction.

Where there is art, and it is catalogued on the HAR website, we will then copy the biography (if there isn't already a bio) from the Treasury of Lives site and add it to the HAR site, linked and illustrated. We have already copied a few of these bios over to the Himalayan Art Resources website and added corresponding links and illustrations.

New Biographies:
Drogmi Lotsawa Shakya Yeshe
Dzongsar Kyentse Jamyang Chokyi Lodro
Kedrub Kyungpo Naljor
Tashi Paltseg
Sangdag Namka Palzang

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Secrets of Shangri-La: Quest for Sacred Caves

November 16, 2009 ·

If you have access to North American Television please tune in to PBS, November 18th, 8:00 p.m., to watch the National Geographic Special, Secrets of Shangri-La. In the summer of 2008, Jeff Watt, Director and Chief Curator of Himalayan Art Resources, spent a month in the Mustang Region of Nepal with a National Geographic sponsored film crew to investigate previously inaccessible caves filled with ancient artifacts, texts, and Buddhist and Bon cave murals. The cave murals were primarily Buddhist in origin and span the 14th to 16th centuries. In one cave complex called Mardzong, just south of the town of Lo Monthang, a stash of 14th and 15th century manuscripts were discovered in the upper chambers; after collating, amounting to thirty large Tibetan volumes. Predominantly belonging to the Bon religion, the remaining texts were Buddhist and many of them relating to the Sakya system of Lamdre (the Path Together with the Result). Mustang is one of the last remaining Buddhist Kingdoms in the world, although also containing a smattering of Bon communities. Two of the main temples in the capital walled town of Lo Monthang, in Upper Mustang, are a treasure of murals in the tradition of the great Tibetan murals of Gyantse, Shalu and Sakya. For Sakya Art History, Lo Monthang is equally important for the study of mandalas and the Tantric systems of Maha Vairochana and Sarvavid Vairochana, along with the visual culture of other Yoga Tantra systems. Secrets of Shangri-La: Quest for Sacred Caves "Tune in to PBS November 18th, 8:00 p.m., to watch the National Geographic Special, Secrets of Shangri-La (http://www.pbs.org/secretsofshangrila/). To see a trailer for the program, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRLyJbt6wvs."

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"DESIRE. DESTRUCTION. TRANSCENDENCE."

November 04, 2009 ·

The Walters Art Museum presents the contemporary works of Amita Bhatt in dialog with tantric art from the John and Berthe Ford Collection.

The Walters Art Museum is proud to present selected works from the John and Berthe Ford collection of traditional Indian and Himalayan art in visual dialogue with contemporary paintings by India born artist, Amita Bhatt. Bhatt derives her imagery from Hindu and Buddhist Tantric sources infused with her understanding of Western philosophy. She explores classic themes of desire, conflict, struggle and transcendence as they manifest themselves in the present day. This thought provoking installation recognizes the power of visual expressions to articulate, to mobilize, to activate, and to provoke. Informed by tradition but speaking in the present, Bhatt's works explore fundamental struggles and eternal tensions common to all cultures. The show will run from October 31st through December 13th, 2009.

Walters Art Museum, 600 N Charles St.,
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: 410-547-9000 Email: info@thewalters.org


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