Mysterious Tibet 2004/2005 Road Show
Mahamudra Five Paths Dharma Studies Association hosts the “2004/2005 Mysterious Tibet- Tibet Culture Road Show,”which will be open to the public from January 20th to February 28th 2005 at the National Museum of Science and Technology Kaohsiung. This exhibition showcases an extensive collection of Tibetan cultural relics, including the first ever exhibition of Master of Wisdom and Method- Doma and the Thankas of the four sects and eight schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Through this exhibition, we aim to bring you into the beautiful Tibetan culture and in-depth knowledge of harmony among the different races.The “2004/2005 Mysterious Tibet Road Show” showcases an extensive collection of Tibetan cultural relics, including the first ever exhibition of “Master of Wisdom and Method- Doma” and the “Thankas of the four sects and eight schools of Tibetan Buddhism.” This an exhibition that set many records, including the most comprehensive collection of Doma and Thankas. Through art, we will bring you into the mysterious Tibetan culture and enable you to survey in-depth the civilization of a very different race, in aim to facilitate cultural learning and exchange.
This year's “Mysterious Tibet Road Show” will showcase the largest Doma ever made in the history of Tibet, which measures at 265cm high. This largest Doma, made jointly by the Drikung Kagyu, Karma Kagyu,and Drukpa Kagyu lineage, Yellow Sect (Gelug), Red sect (rnying-ma-ba), and Spotted Sect (sa-skya-pa), represents the essences of the four major sects in Tibetan Buddhism. Twenty Lamas in the purest state and obeying the strictest of codes took five months to produce this Doma.
Thanka is the most representative art form of Tibetan culture. A small Thanka contains knowledge of religion, history, legends, literature, culture, science, and medical knowledge. A Thanka can be produced in a wide range of materials and the unique religious color and image styles makes it a favored collectible throughout history.
Thankas showcased in this exhibition are characteristic in several aspects:
I The most complete range of heritages: This exhibit showcases Thankas from all four sects and eight lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.
II The most complete range of styles: there are Thankas produced strictly in the traditional ways, as well as images integrated with background treatment done in the Western art techniques. Materials used may be from precious jewels and pure gold powders to modern color pigments. Some unique Thankas are produced with silk embroidery and various patch works. The full range include the gold Thankas made with 24K gold powder, black Thankas, red Thankas, antique Thankas, embroidered Thankas, patch work Thankas, contemporary Thankas, and traditional Thankas.
III The most comprehensive subject areas: the subject areas include tryadhvaika buddha, Bodhisattva, Dharmapalas, dakini, founders of the sects, and refuge scenarios.
During the exhibition period, two sacred lama dances will be performed at 10:0am and 3:0pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and Thanka DIY sessions will also be available to the general public. So, don't miss this special treat to the fantastic art and culture of Tibet.
Organizer: Mahamudra Five Paths Dharma Studies Association
NT$ 150 without discount; NT$ 135 for group of 20 and more; other discounts are available for students, Buddhist monks, and handicapped visitors.
Tickets are available through the Era Ticketing System or onsite at the ticket booth; for enquiry, please dial 07-3800089 ext. 6739.
Time January 20th to February 28th 2005
Location: Temporary Exhibition Hall II and III, National Science and Technology Museum