Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dancing with the divine feminine in NYC

By Julia Hirsch
Eight Great Bodhisattvas by Karsang Lama | Courtesy of the Dharmapala Thangka Centre
NEW YORK--In Vajrayana Buddhism, one of the quickest ways to become a buddha is to imagine yourself as one. But while the classic stories of enlightenment are filled with male protagonists and buddhas, enlightened women are not given nearly the same play, leaving female practitioners with few heroines to emulate. A new exhibition at Tibet House US in Manhattan seeks to even the odds. Divine Feminine: New Masterpieces from Nepal, on view through May 11, 2018, is a series of 50 new works from master Nepalese artist Karsang Lama. Museumgoers may cover a fair amount of ground in a single visit, yet each piece is bursting with such intricate symbolism and iconography that the collection merits a return—if not in this lifetime, then the next. [More]

Tibet House: Divine Feminine: New Masterpieces from Nepal (Through May 11, 2018); Tibet House US, 22 West 15th Street, New York City; 212-807-0563 ;
Machig Labdrön Tree by Karsang Lama | Courtesy of Dharmapala Thangka Centre