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Karmapa in Manhattan: Poetry Reading at Latse Library

2015.04.11 Poetry at Lhatse(April 10, 2015 – New York, New York) Like many other aspects of Tibetan art and culture, Tibetan poetry has undergone significant shifts in content, form and contexts of practice since 1959. Latse Library this evening hosted an event that very much belongs to the post-1959 practice of poetry in Tibetan: a poetry reading. Tonight’s reading of Tibetan poems was only the second such event to take place in North America, although the practice is now better established in other Tibetan communities.

Many luminaries of the modern poetry movement in Tibetan were present at Latse Library this evening to read their verse before a rapt audience in this research library devoted to modern Tibetan studies. Among the eight poets reading their verse was Jangbu, a poet living in France who pioneered the use of free verse in Tibetan. With His Holiness the Karmapa listening attentively to the poets’ oral renditions of their verse, a succession of Read the rest of this article

Karmapa in Manhattan: Tibetan Community Turns Out in Force

2015.04.10 tib talk(April 10, 2015 – New York, New York) On his first day in New York City, His Holiness the Karmapa devoted time to meeting with the area’s substantial Tibetan community. The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey booked Hunter College’s 2,000-seat Assembly Hall and filled it to capacity, as Tibetan families from around the region gathered to catch a glimpse of the Gyalwang Karmapa and hear him speak. Outdoors, a troupe of masked “tashi shokpa” dancers turned heads on the gritty streets of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, as they waited on the sidewalk to welcome him in the traditionally auspicious way. Indoors, twenty lamas and members of the ordained sangha stood on the stage, holding khatas to receive him.

“I am honored that you have undertaken such efforts to come see me,” the Karmapa told the audience. He commented that since Tibetans living in the New York metropolitan area have the invaluable opportunity to receive advice from His Holiness the Dalai Lama Read the rest of this article

Karmapa in Manhattan: Viewing Modern Tibetan Art

2015.04.10 NYC tib art
(April 10, 2015 – New York, New York) After exploring Tibet’s pre-modern art at the Rubin, His Holiness the Karmapa turned his attention several centuries forward, attending an exhibition of modern Tibetan art by artists working both inside Tibet and in diaspora.

Co-sponsored by the Trace Foundation and Arthub, the exhibition is called “Transcending Tibet” and features 30 newly-commissioned works of art by many of the best-known artists in the field today, including Benchung,Gade, Read the rest of this article

Karmapa in Manhattan: Visiting Rubin Museum

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(April 10, 2015 – New York, New York) For his very first outing on this stop in New York City, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa made an impromptu visit to the Rubin Museum of Art today. Himself an avid painter and scholar of Tibetan art, the Karmapa toured the Rubin’s current installations and was invited to a private viewing of select statues and paintings from the museum’s holdings that were not exhibited publicly, including works attributed to the 10th Karmapa, Choying Dorje.

The Rubin houses one of the most extensive collections of Tibetan art in the world, and has particularly rich holdings in thangkas painted in the Karma Gardri style associated with the Karmapa lineage. One of the major styles of Tibetan painting, the Karma Gardri style evolved out of the Great Encampment of the Karmapa (Tibetan: Read the rest of this article

Yale Arranges Private Sacred Music Concert for Karmapa

2015.04.08 Music(April 9, 2015 – New Haven, Connecticut) “Your presence here enriches the quality of our worship,” the Dean of Yale Divinity School, Gregory Sterling, told His Holiness the Karmapa as he welcomed him to the university’s Institute of Sacred Music (ISM). The Institute of Sacred Music arranged a private concert for the Karmapa, himself both a performer and a composer of sacred music in his own Buddhist tradition.

Exploring his interest in the music of other traditions is beginning to emerge as an additional theme of this university-centered trip, as His Holiness the Karmapa had operatic voice lessons in Redlands, heard a special arrangement of one of his own songs performed by a 26-person chorus and attended a spiritual open mic night at Princeton. On his last trip abroad to Germany, His Holiness had also Read the rest of this article