In ancient India, a stupa is a mound-like or hemispherical tomb. During the Manchu-ruled Qing dynasty (1644 – 1911), the development of these Buddhist artworks made of gold, silver, and jade was influenced by a multi-ethnic climate and the adoption of a hybrid Sino-Tibetan style. This style appealed to both imperial tastes as well as to China’s many Buddhist communities. This stupa (pictured) is currently on view as part of Sculpting Nature: Jade from the Collection in Gallery II Jade Room.
To learn more about this stupa from our Research Curator, Dr. Qing Chang, click here!
The Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao) is a darkly oxidized oolong tea from oolong’s birthplace, the Wuyi Mountains of China’s Fujian Province. Upfront notes of molasses & apricot with a lingering and mouthwatering finish.
This tea got its name from a Buddhist Monk who while traveling a great distance to take an important exam, stopped to make tea from wild bushes growing near the mountain path. Revived, he received the highest test score and was given a silk rob. Upon his return trip, he honored the tea bush by placing the red robe on it.
To learn more about the Cultured Cup and how to choose a tea that’s good for you, click here.
WHAT IS QIGONG? (Pronounced Chee-Gong)
Qi = Life Force + Gong = Work, Effort or Cultivation
Qigong = The Active Cultivation of Your Life Force
Qigong is about working with your WHOLE BEING in a slow, consistent process of internal development within the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. As one of the deepest roots of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qigong practices are classified as medical, health, athletic, martial or spiritual. All styles are based on the same foundational Qigong Principles and have three things in common: strong posture (whether moving or stationary); coordinated breathing techniques; and mental focus or intention. Some practices cultivate our Qi reserves; others circulate Qi to cleanse and heal one’s body while other practices train Medical Qigong Practitioners to work with, and emit Qi to help heal others. Practices vary from soft internal styles such as Tai Chi; to external, vigorous styles such as Kung Fu. However, the slow gentle movements of most Qigong forms can be easily adapted for all age groups and levels of ability.
The Breathe Program at the Crow Collection offers Veterans the opportunity to explore Qigong in a safe group setting with other Veterans, led by Chris and Fayne Bouguyon who have been working with Veterans in North Texas since 1992.
Born in Iran and raised in Pakistan, artist Nida Bangash draws upon Indo-Persian miniature painting tradition, a genre that uses precise brushwork and patterning. Using these techniques, Bangash applies symbolism and ornamentation to subtly address contemporary socio-political concerns.
In March 2017, the Crow Collection invited Bangash and ten high school students from across Dallas to spend spring break exploring works of art at the museum, learning about Indo-Persian miniature painting and patterning, and thinking deeply about what it means to be a woman in today’s world. Drawing upon these explorations, students created original works of art that speak to their experience of being female. Seeing Patterns, an exhibition of these works and original works of art by Bangash, is on view through June 3, 2017 at the Crow Collection.
The museum’s Education Department presents Seeing Patterns, an installation of work created by participants of all ages through their engagements with Nida Bangash.
To learn more about the artist, Nida Bangash, click here.
Seeing Patterns and the associated programming is supported in part by a grant from the Dallas Women’s Foundation.
Rajula’s Kitchen, recommended by our friends at Naivedhya, is an Indian Vegetarian Eatery started by the Pabari family in 2015 with a vision of providing delicious vegetarian Indian food just like home that is shared by all the people working at Rajula’s!
Whether you are craving mom’s special homemade recipe, want to spice up your taste buds with their mouthwatering Chaats, or just want to have an authentic Indian food eating experience, Rajula’s has a lot of options for you to choose from. Their menu is 100% Vegetarian and is not only vast but also diverse as they have a huge selection of different regional foods like delicacies from North India, South India, Gujarat, and a lot more.