Programme

The exhibition and guided tours are supplemented by a rich variety of events, which provide background to the artwork, and illustrate different aspects of Buddhism and the principles behind the art of enlightenment. Admission to the exhibition is free of charge; evening lectures and films are £7. Tickets are available on the door.

 

Monday 28th May

11:30 – Guided meditation suitable for beginners.

13:00 – Curator’s tour. Expert commentary on the exhibits.

18:30 – Lecture by Dr Tadeusz Skorupski “Tibetan Sacred Art of Life and Death. The enigma of consciousness between lives.”

20:00 – Film screening “The Tibetan Book of the Dead”.

 

Tuesday 29th May

11:30 – Guided meditation suitable for beginners.

13:00 – Curator’s tour. Expert commentary on the exhibits.

19:00 – Private View with a welcome address by Lama Jampa Thaye. By invitation only.

 

Wednesday 30th May

11:30 – Guided meditation suitable for beginners.

13:00 – Curator’s tour. Expert commentary on the exhibits.

18:30 – Lecture ”Buddhist Symbols” by Dr. Eva Seegers and Manfred Seegers (MPhil).

 

Thursday 31st May

11:30 – Guided meditation suitable for beginners.

13:00 – Curator’s tour. Expert commentary on the exhibits.

18:30 – Introduction to Diamond Way Buddhism and the meditation on the 16th Karmapa.

 

Friday 1st June

11:30 – Guided meditation suitable for beginners.

13:00 – Curator’s tour. Expert commentary on the exhibits.

18:30 – Talk on “Buddhist Meditation Methods”

20:00 – Film: “Dhamma Brothers”

 

Saturday 2nd June

12:00 – Brunch with the Buddhas

18:30 – Talk on “Tibetan Buddhism in the West”

20:00 – Film: “The Lion’s Roar”. A documentary on the life of H.H. 16th Karmapa

 

Sunday 3rd June

11:00 till 16:00 –  Workshops for children: Buddhist Values and Modern Art

14:00 – Film: “Brilliant Moon”. On the life of the great Nyingma master Dilgo Khyenste Rinpoche.

Speakers
Lama Jampa Thaye
We are delighted that Lama Jampa Thaye will join us to provide the welcoming address to the private view. Lama Jampa is a highly respected scholar and meditation master trained in the Sakya and Karma Kagyu traditions of Buddhism and authorized as a lama by his two masters, Karma Thinley Rinpoche and H.H. Sakya Trizin. He is the founder of the Dechen Community, an international association of centres in the Sakya and Karma Kagyu traditions of Buddhism.

Dr Tadeusz Skorupski
Dr Tadeusz Skorupski has degrees in theology, classical philosophy, and Buddhist Studies. He is specialised within Buddhist Studies on Indo Tibetan Buddhism. He has been especially focusing for over thirty years on Buddhist doctrines, scriptures, iconography, and rituals. He has worked in Tokyo at the International Institute for Buddhist Studies and in India at the University of Delhi, as well as for many years with SOAS in London (School of Oriental and African Studies). He has written fifteen books and more than fifty academic articles.

Manfred Seegers (MPhil)
Manfred Seegers became Buddhist in 1982, and was asked to teach after he completed a study programme of five years. From ten years from 1990 he studied and taught at KIBI (Karmapa International Buddhist Institute) in India. Manfred has a Master of Philosophy degree from the University of Kent in Religious Studies. He has authored two books: “Buddhist Terms” and “Knowledge on Meditation”, which have been translated into several different languages, and co-authored the exhibition catalogue "Space and Bliss: Buddhist statues and ritual implements". Manfred travels and teaches Buddhism throughout Europe, including ITAS study courses in the retreat centre of Karma Guen in Spain.

Dr Eva Seegers
Eva Seegers has worked in the field of preservation and conservation of art and artifacts in her own studio for more than 10 years. She has degrees in Art History and Religious Studies. Currently, she is Research Fellow at the Center for Buddhist Studies at the University of Hamburg. The focus of her work lies in Buddhist Art in all its expressions, with special focus on Tibetan stupas. She is involved in planning and conducting exhibitions of Buddhist Art in Germany and abroad.