Dharma Lecture: Spiritual Art

Lecturer: Lama Migmar
Sunday, March 25th
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Location: Shrine Room
Suggested contribution: $30 Public, $20 Members per talk
Prerequisite: None

We have seen the beauty of Tibetan Buddhist art: Thangka paintings, statues, mandalas and more. In this series, Lama Migmar explains how and why spiritual art is used by Buddhist practitioners to deepen our spiritual practice and bring  us closer to our own Buddha Nature.

Class One, on March 25, 2018, will cover how Lama Migmar got started and trained to paint and sculpt sacred images. The history of Thangka painting and sculpture;  layout, materials and their creation; the importance of statues, how they are filled and consecrated and why. As an added bonus he may even tell us more about the statue of H.H. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya Dorje Chang that resides in our Shrine Room.

Ven. Lama Migmar was born in Kham (eastern Tibet) and studied Dharma at Kyegu Monastery, the largest and oldest Sakya monastery in the Kham region. He trained extensively in both sculpture and painting, and completed many deity retreats. He was the primary disciple of his master Lobsang Thugje from 1987 to 1993; his master created the statues in His Holiness the Dalai Lama's residence in Dharamsala. Lama Migmar's work is featured in Kagyu, Nyingma, and Sakya monasteries throughout Kham; one monastery contains over 100 of his Shitro deity statues. He has lived in India, Nepal and Malaysia, and created extensive artwork in those locations. He came to Sakya Monastery in 2007, and is Sakya Monastery's resident artist. He has recently completed a thangka of the Sakya Lamdre lineage. Currently he is working on other Buddhist paintings and can be commissioned to create thangkas, statues, and deity masks for Buddhist practitioners.


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