Tibetan Art – Beyond thought, glimpsing freedom

with Artist to the Court Greg Smith

April 8th

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  • £6 Suggested Donation
Room: Main meditation hall

Tibetan Art–beyond thought, glimpsing freedom

The colorful images of Tibetan sutra and tantra can communicate experience very directly. In the West we tend to look for literal explanations of tantric symbolism, which, though they are abundantly present in Tibetan tradition, tend to obscure this more important, direct communication. We will discuss the use of images in the contemplative practices of  Buddhism, look at the paintings of Artist to the Court, Greg Smith, and attempt to cultivate fresh eyes.

Greg Smith has been a student of Shambhala Buddhism since his arrival in Boulder, Colorado in 1976 to study Tibetan thangka painting with master artist Noedup Rongae, whose recent masterpiece, the Shambhala Lineage Tree, is a treasure of Shambhala culture. He worked closely with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche on images for the Shambhala and Vajrayana tradition. He was muralist and a designer for the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya at Shambhala Mountain Center where he currently lives as Artist in Residence and teacher.


Open to all - suggested donation of £6. Arrival from 3.30pm, event commences 4pm.