Taking Texas! To India
The Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas, TX; Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India; and the India Art Fair, New Delhi, India Present:
New Delhi, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur
January 22- 30, 2015
Join Friends of the Crow Collection as we travel to India to celebrate Texas!, the first Texas artist exhibition to be presented in New Delhi, India. This exhibition, which features fourteen artists from five Texas cities representing the vibrancy and variety of contemporary Texas art, serves as the backdrop of an once-in-a-lifetime tour of India, January 22 – 30, 2015. The tour, which includes artists, collectors and curators, will provide guests an experience of a lifetime, beginning with the opening party for Texas! at the National Academy of Art (Lalit Kala Academi) in New Delhi and ending with a VIP tour and shopping experience at the India Art Fair, the third-largest festival of its kind in the world. To learn more about this exciting travel opportunity, contact email@example.com. Limited availability.
In view of the upcoming visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dallas, we invited Geshe Thupten Dorjee, a close disciple of His Holiness and professor at the University of Arkansas (U of A), to tell us more about the revered leader, Tibet, Buddhist philosophy and answer any questions. Join us as we get ready to welcome the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner to our city.
In 1962, when Thupten Dorjee was 3, his family escaped Tibet and trekked over the Himalayan mountains to Bhutan. At the age of 13, he entered Drepung Loseling Monastery in South India, where he was awarded the degree of lharampa geshe, the highest academic degree within the Gelug monastic university system. In 1995, Geshe traveled the world as part of the Mystical Arts of Tibet. Geshe later accepted an appointment at the University of Arkansas, teaching courses in Tibetan Culture, Buddhist Philosophy, and Approaches to Non-Violence, based on the teachings of his teacher, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. After 18 months, he received the prestigious U of A Outstanding Faculty Award, typically won by faculty who have been teaching for 10 to 20 years. He has won other awards, been invited to teach at schools around the country, and now holds a permanent position at the University of Arkansas.
The Dalai Lama’s visit to Dallas will be just days before his 80th birthday on July 6 – a birthdate that he shares with former President George W. Bush. In honor of the occasion, His Holiness will speak at 1:30 pm on July 1, 2015, at Southern Methodist University’s Moody Coliseum in Dallas, TX, in a special appearance presented by the George W. Bush Presidential Center, SMU, and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. The Crow Collection of Asian Art serves as a community partner for this historic event titled A Conversation with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
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What is a “Dalai Lama”?
The Dalai Lama is the head of the dominant Dge-lugs-pa (Yellow Hat) order of Tibetan Buddhism and was for many generations the spiritual and political head of Tibet. There have been 14 Dalai Lamas so far, all of whom are believed to be incarnations of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. These beloved bodhisattvas (Buddhas-to-be) are said to have postponed their own nirvana and chosen to take rebirth in order to serve humanity.
Who is the current Dalai Lama?
Tenzin Gyatso, the fourteenth and current Dalai Lama, was born on July 6, 1935, to a farming family, in a small hamlet located in Taktser, Amdo, northeastern Tibet. He began his monastic education at the age of six and was eventually awarded the Geshe Lharampa degree, the highest-level degree, which is equivalent to a doctorate of Buddhist philosophy.
In 1989, His Holiness received the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent struggle for the liberation of Tibet, which has been under China’s control since 1949. In 1959, the Dalai Lama was forced into exile and has lived in Dharamsala in northern India since then. He has consistently advocated policies of nonviolence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He also became the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems.
What does the Dalai Lama do?
The Dalai Lama has three main commitments:
- To promote human values or secular ethics such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment, and self-discipline, recognizing that all human beings are the same.
- To promote religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religious traditions by teaching that all religions have the potential for good and should be respected.
- To preserve the Tibetan Buddhist culture of peace and nonviolence.
In 2011, His Holiness sent a letter to the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies (Tibetan Parliament in exile) requesting them to devolve him of his temporal (political) power. This historic announcement brought an end to the dual spiritual and political authority of the Dalai Lama and reverted to the previous tradition of the first four Dalai Lamas being only the spiritual leader of Tibet. He continues to live in exile in India.
The eighth century Indian master Shantideva said, “The mind of universal kindness is like the magical elixir that turns base metals into gold. It transforms an ordinary person into one on the path of growth and happiness.” Love and kindness are mental archetypes that all beings possess. The more we strengthen them, the more beneficial we become to others and ourselves. Buddhism presents numerous contemplative techniques for intensifying and enhancing these archetypes, until they achieve full maturity and universality.