Choegyal Rinpoche painting exhibition, Toronto

Art Buddhism in Canada Events Toronto Vajrayana

IMPRESSIONS OF THE BARDO
New Paintings by Choegyal Rinpoche

September 21 – 28, 2013
Fleishman Gallery (behind Wonderworks)
79a Harbord Street (West of Spadina)
Toronto, Ontario

Opening Ceremony
Lama Gyalpo of the Riwoche Temple
Saturday, September 21 at 2:30 pm

An example of Rinpoche's work

An example of Rinpoche’s work

Choegyal Rinpoche is one of the greatest living artists in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. His paintings have been shown at galleries in New York, London, Rome, Oslo, New Delhi, and Singapore, and are part of the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Rubin Museum in New York.

It is now 18 years since Rinpoche’s last exhibition in Toronto. This time, instead of traditional thangkas, he has selected 25 of his impressionistic paintings for the exhibition here in Toronto. These paintings convey his understanding of the BARDO teachings and practices, relating to death and the after-death realms. He recently wrote:

“While my works differ in style and technique, more important is what they have in common: the Buddha’s vision expressed in the tantric teachings that everything is living light energy, a living universe of all the fantastic wonders of the mind. One can develop this vast space of clarity, love and awareness….Since my childhood, the subjects of death and after death have been my biggest curiosity, and this has led me, with sincerity and devotion, to study, observe, practice…. It is my life’s jewel and I take great joy in sharing some of my outbursts of delight.”

Proceeds of the exhibit will be used to support Choegyal Rinpoche’s art projects in India, Nepal and Tibet, such as the Drugu Monastery in Tibet and the Tibetan Heritage Foundation in India. We thank the Wonderworks Gallery for their generosity in allowing us to use their space and in taking no commission on sales for this exhibition.

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