Sacred Art of Tibet - Art of the Buddha's Teachings


Art of the Buddha’s Teachings

Exhibit is first public event at the new Dharma College in downtown Berkeley


Opening Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m.

Continues select Saturdays through September, 2012


(Berkeley, CA) ��" Berkeley’s Dharma College presents its first public exhibition, “Sacred Art of Tibet - The Art of the Buddha’s Teachings,” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 2222 Harold Way in downtown Berkeley, CA.

The exhibit is also open 2 to 4 p.m. on July 14 and 28; August 11 and 25 and concludes on September 8, 2012.  Each exhibition event begins with a brief informal lecture on Tibetan art at 2-2:30 p.m., followed at 2:45 with docent-led tours of the exhibition.

The art show features a wide array of images in different media including original thanka paintings, giclées, lithographs, silkscreen illustrations and select reproductions, along with original photographs of Tibet and other art works that contextualize the exhibit for the viewer.  Much of the art speaks directly to the heart and intends to refresh the mind by conveying a sense of balance and joy.

Most pieces of art in the show are mounted in the traditional Tibetan way, framed in luxurious and vivid brocade, many with custom-created fabrics that feature auspicious symbols; some are draped with colorful hanging chevrons. The works are curated by Dharma College founder Venerable Tibetan Lama Tarthang Tulku.  Many original works from the show that includes over 150 full-color thankas and 200 silkscreen prints, will be seen for the first time.  Some have been created to serve as illustrations for sacred books.

Lama Tarthang Tulku has said, ““Like a small child stepping inside a magnificent and mysterious temple, let mind soar for a moment with pure amazement at the display we usually take for granted.”

Lama Tarthang Tulku’s links to Berkeley began 40 years ago as he established Berkeley’s Nyingma Institute, and he has founded numerous other organizations since.  Now, the new Dharma College joins a remarkable transformation of a city block in Berkeley’s City Center, which includes the Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages, Dharma Publishing’s Bookstore and Tibetan Aid Project, all led by Lama Tarthang Tulku.  The new Dharma College will open its doors to the general public for classes in October of 2012.  It is a non-profit educational and research center offering courses that lead to a new way of understanding the human mind.

Coordinating the exhibition is artist Rosalyn White, who has created many original illustrations and paintings as part of her work with sacred Tibetan texts.  She holds a BFA from California College of the Arts, a teaching credential from UC Berkeley and has studied and taught about Tibetan art under the guidance of Tarthang Tulku for over 30 years. She has also served as Executive Director of the Tibetan Aid Project and Art Director of Dharma Publishing.

“Much of the art in our exhibition is extraordinarily beautiful,” said artist Rosalyn White, “and in this tradition its purpose is to lead one to an enlightened mind.  It is sacred in its nature and message, and beneficial in its intent.  In this way, it can be compared to spiritual and religious art of other traditions from all over the world,” she continued.  “Viewing Tibetan art can create a transformative experience, and as one lifts up the eyes to view some of the art, one can see the visions of enlightened masters and know that there is a gate to ‘liberation through seeing’.”

June 30, Opening Information

A reception with refreshments and an opportunity to meet Rosalyn White, along with faculty members of Dharma College and others, will take place at the opening on June 30.  In addition, a catalogue of the exhibition and reproductions of selected arts works will be available for sale at the show as well as at the Dharma Publishing Bookstore, 2210 Harold Way in Berkeley.   Private tours of the exhibition can be arranged.

Upcoming events at Dharma College also include a free summer lecture series��" Saturdays at 2 p.m. on July 21, August 4 and August 18.

For further information please contact Dharma College at 510-809-2010 or visit the website at



SACRED ART OF TIBET- The Art of the Buddha’s Teachings


DESCRIPTION: Hundreds of pieces of art, including original thanka paintings, giclées, lithographs, silkscreen illustrations and select reproductions, along with original photographs of Tibet and other art works.


OPENS: Saturday, June 30, 2012 from 2��"4 p.m.

Brief lecture at 2 p.m., docent-led tour 2:45 (refreshments and opening reception on 6/30/12)


DATES:  Saturday, July 14, 28; Aug. 11, 25; Sept. 8, 2012

Brief lecture at 2 p.m., docent-led tour 2:45 p.m.


ADMISSION: Suggested donation:  $10 adults; $5 students and seniors



Summer Lecture Series: Saturday at 2 p.m. on July 21, August 4 and August 18.



ADDRESS: Dharma College, 2222 Harold Way, Berkeley, CA

INFORMATION: Please call 510-809-2010 or visit the website at

Saturday, 30 June, 2012
02:00 PM
04:00 PM

$10 adults suggested donation


Dharma College
2222 Harold Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

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