Date(s) - 03/15/2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cover image courtesy of Tibet House
What’s up? The Opening Reception of the Divine Feminine: New Masterpieces from Nepal
Damage? Reception is free, open to the public. The exhibit runs through May 11, 2018
Why you should go. In Tibetan Buddhism, a female Buddha is considered to be the mother of all Buddhas and sentient beings. In Tantrism, female buddhas are important aspects of the enlightenment practice known as Atti yoga (maha yoga). In Tibetan art, these female icons and figures are depicted as buddhas, bodhisattvas, historical figures such as lineage founders, and also yidams and dharma protectors in peaceful, semi-wrathful or wrathful forms. This is the second showing of works from the Dharmapala Center at the Tibet House US Gallery.
Master artist Karsang Lama from the Dharmapala Center is a national treasure in Nepal and a world renowned painter of traditional tangkas. His work appears in monasteries and museums in Asia, Europe and the United States. The Dharmapala Thangka Center promotes the Himalayan Buddhist art and tradition, and is affiliated with a monastic tradition of the northern Buddhist artisans of Tibet and Nepal. The Center has trained hundreds of Tangka artists over three decades.
What is the Tibet House? The Tibet House has featured some truly exceptional exhibits devoted to Tibetan and Mongolian culture in the past, which include:
- Attire? Business or casual will do just fine.
- Alone or with friends? Either or.
- Business cards are always a plus.
- Fancy a nightcap or bite to eat nearby?
- Barbounia (Lex & 19th) – the food here is pretty good, but I like the amazing selection of wine at the bar. Close proximity to Gramercy Tavern.
- Basta Pasta on 17th street (NW of Union Square) – a Japanese take on Italian pasta, the carbonara and the off-menu squid ink pasta are my personal favorites.
- Casa Mono, Irving Place (East of Union Square) Mario Batali’s upscale take on Spanish tapas – there’s also Bar Jamón next door, if you fancy wine and some cured meats.
- Laut 17th st. (NW of Union Square) – a pan- Southeast Asian restaurant with great service, awarded briefly its first Michelin star in 2013.
- Le Singe Vert 7th Ave (between 19 & 20th)- French brasserie, a hip spot with reliable French comfort grub with a fantastic wine list.
- Markt – Belgian 576 6th Ave (21st & 22nd streets), great food and nice bar
- Mikado Sushi 525 6th Ave (south of 14th St) – not the most authentic, but you can’t go wrong with decent grub, wine and sake.
- Old Town Bar – 18th St. The name pretty much sums it up at this cozy bar.
- Raines Law Room, 17th St (NW of Square) – fancy a cocktail at this high end speakeasy? The Maître D’ will take your number and text you when your table is ready. Sounds pretentious, I know, but they serve amazing cocktails and the service is surprisingly hassle-free. Impress your friends.