Friday, August 31, 2018

Art as Meditation: Norton Simon (Sept. 6-7)

Ananda M. (Dharma Meditation Initiative), Eliza Darcey, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly

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Thursday, Sept. 6, 7:00-8:30 PM: Art as meditation? Buddhism has produced some of the world's most enjoyable art.

Tibetan lamas create sand mandalas and wipe them away. Nepalese artisans pound out gorgeous golden statues and sell them to tourists. Thai craftspeople carve only to see their work drenched in rain.

Americans can use mixed media to focus on the Buddha as the Light of the East. The first human depictions of the Buddha were from the merging of East and West in Ancient Greek Afghanistan called Gandhara and Bactria.

Before we visit Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum of Art  (Sept. 7th), we'll meditate on the Buddha through art. Artist and former child-Buddhist nun Darcey will guide us. Basic materials provided. Or bring your media. FREE RSVP

Buddhist Art Night at the Norton Simon
First art was made in Gandhara.
Friday, Sept. 7, 6:00-9:00 PM: First Fridays at the Norton Simon ( are free. Join us for an enchanting evening exploring the Norton Simon Museum of Art’s world-class Buddhist collection from India and Southeast Asia. Take an artful meditation tour. Learn tips on meditation in a drop-in session in the Asian Sculpture Garden. Enjoy the galleries (where the best of Western art is on exhibit). Stop by the theater to see works come to life. Enjoy the flavors of India with special treats available at the outdoor Garden Café next to the lotus pond. FREE RSVP
Dharma Meditation Initiative: DMI, PasaDharma, Dharma Punx, Disclosure, UCLA

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