“Believe in Belief: Looking at Religious Art”
This lecture is held in conjunction with the exhibition Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal and co-sponsored with the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture.
This exhibition highlights Nepal’s artistic heritage as a rich and enduring continuation of Indic Buddhist traditions. Featuring paintings, illustrated texts, sculptures, and ritual implements crafted by Newar artisans over the last millennium, Dharma and Puya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal will be centered on how the Buddha’s teachings were arrayed as much for worldly householders as otherworldly seekers. It will illustrate the centrality of ritual in Buddhism, showing how illustrated narratives and common practices address every devotee’s need to make good karma (punya), a central tenet of the Buddha’s teaching (dharma). Showing some objects never before displayed in the West, this historic exhibition will focus on the unparalleled contributions of Kathmandu Valley artisans and patrons not only in their communities, but in the subsequent development of Tibetan art.
Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. www.neh.gov.
Limited parking may be available on Linden Lane through the main gate, or visitors may proceed up College Street to find additional parking by taking a left through Gate 7 at the top of the hill.
Parking is to the right of the Hogan Campus Center (the second building on the left with the large silver cross on it). Proceed on foot down the stairs to the right of the Campus Center. At the bottom of the stairs, head left toward the library. Follow the steps to the right of the library down to Linden Lane. O’Kane Hall, the building with the clock tower, will be on the right. Proceed up the stairs in front of the building. The Cantor Art Gallery will be facing you as soon as you enter through the doors.