In the age of the iPad, join us for a day free of notifications, broken screens, and outdated software by celebrating the writing arts of Tibet, with calligraphy demos and hands-on traditional paper-making. We are delighted to host international special guests Puntsok Tsering (classical and modern calligraphy), Kunsel Dawa (Bönpo scripts), Tsultrim Gyatso (sand letters), and Jim Canary (Tibetan paper-making) for what promises to be an illuminating tour through a tradition as rich as it is beautiful.
Artwork and hand-crafted paper will be available for purchase. Event time includes a one-hour break. No advance registration necessary.
Admission $10. Students $5.
Jim Canary, a Tibetan scholar and book conservator, has worked for nearly thirty years in conservation at the Lilly Rare Books Library, Indiana University, home to 450,000 books and 7.5 million manuscripts. He is a member of the Guild of Bookworkers, as well as a key member of Paper Road/Tibet, a project that aims to research the history of paper-making in Tibet, revitalize the tradition of hand paper-making by hand in Tibet, and encourage and introduce new methods of recycling clean wastepaper and alternative fibers.
Kunsel Dawa studied at schools and monasteries till the age of twenty-five. With the renown scholar Alak Bongya, he studied calligraphy, including the Bönpo scripts of mar chen and mar chung. In 2003 and 2004, he participated in a number of calligraphy competitions, for which he was awarded first- and second-place prizes. He then moved to India, where he participated in other competitions in Tibetan-language composition and calligraphy. He has been a first-place winner for several years in a row.
Tsultrim Gyatso was born in Ngaba. He was a monk at Gomang Monastery where he undertook traditional studies, as well as training in making sand mandala. He continued his studies at Ganden Shartse Monastery in India from 1989 to 1999. Recognizing his high skills in sand mandala, his monastery sent him as one of a group of monks on a tour demonstrating the art. He currently lives in New York City.
Puntsok Tsering Duechung was born in Central Tibet. He studied traditional Tibetan painting with a master teacher, while at the same time learning Tibetan calligraphy and poetry from his grandfather. He taught Tibetan language in Lhasa and studied classical poetry and Tibetan literature at Tibet University before moving to Germany in 1998. He currently lives in Frankfurt, and works for Tibet House Germany. He is also a member of the Kailash Artists’ Group.
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