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Postponed: The Aesthetics of Enlightenment: The Art of Embodying Compassion through Ritual, Sound, Imagery and Dance

A panel discussion with Joe Loizzo, Michela Martello, Eric Mendlow, and Mary Reilly Nichols

POSTPONED. This event has been postponed due to concerns about everyone’s health and safety. Please be sure you’re on our mailing list for updates.

The sacred arts that are so integral to Indian and Tibetan culture offer not only an unusually rich language of self-expression but a priceless legacy for all humanity today. While Western artists and collectors have long prized the exuberant beauty and evocative symbolism of this rare tradition, more recently many in the West have learned first hand how its vibrant arts come to life as part of esoteric systems of embodied contemplative practice called Tantras.

This panel and workshop co-sponsored with Tibet House are meant to demystify the Tantric arts as part of a rare contemplative culture of embodied transformational practice. Guided by an inter-traditional team of artist-practitioners, we will explore how and why this culture is designed unlike Western art since the Renaissance to integrate the whole spectrum of human creativity with contemplative science and methods, yielding an exquisitely refined and neuropsychologically grounded aesthetics for the personal and communal pursuit of enlightenment.

The panel will touch on two main lineages of Tantric aesthetics, derived from the Kashmiri Shaivite master Abhinavagupta and the Nalanda masters Nagarjuna and Saraha, and compare and contrast these with modern aesthetics and current neuropsychology to shed light on how and why these esoteric arts work to guide and speed transformation.

This Friday evening panel discussion is part of a linked event which includes a daylong workshop on Saturday. While you may join in for either or both, we encourage you to attend both for a fuller experience.

Find out more about the daylong workshop.

Joe Loizzo, Founder, Nalanda Institute
Michela Martello, Buddhist Artist
Eric Mendlow, Artist and Curator
Mary Reilly Nichols, Director, Yoga, Mind & Spirit, Nalanda Institute

Date: Friday, March 20th from 6:30–8:30pm.

POSTPONED. This event has been postponed due to concerns about everyone’s health and safety. Please make sure you’re on our mailing list for updates.

Tuition: $25 ($22.50 Tibet House members)

Registration: Registration via Eventbrite.

Location: Tibet House US, 22 West 15th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues)

March 20, 2020 from 6:30 pm8:30 pm


March 20, 2020
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Tibet House US
22 West 15th street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science
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