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Curator's Choice Lecture: Meet the Masters

On-site at the museum


Open to Friend, Patron, Jade Circle, and Nexus members.

In the Himalayas, Buddhists practice a form of the tradition called Vajrayana, or the Lightning Vehicle. It has earned this name for its fast action, but also for the dangers attendant upon meditation with its often unsettling imagery. For this reason, the Vajrayana relies on lineages of masters to transmit the power of this meditative tradition. In this talk, we will meet some of the great Vajrayana Buddhist masters of India and Tibet – in painted and sculpted form. Their stories, as we shall see, tell the tale of transformations, from negative to positive, ordinary to extraordinary. And they are as relevant to our concerns today as they were a thousand years ago.

2:05 PM | Welcome
2:10 PM | Lecture
3:00 PM | Q&A

The galleries will be open to members for viewing before and after the lecture. We recommend reserving a timed general admission ticket.

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Curated by Jeff Durham, Assistant Curator of Himalayan Art.

The Meet the Masters gallery rotation is organized by the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

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