A unique exhibition is on view at the UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center Gallery celebrating the life and influence of Padma Sambhava – the 8th century yogi-magician who founded Tibetan Buddhism.
The exhibition, Precious Guru, is curated by the Burlington based organization Triptych Journey and includes photographs, poetry and soundscapes gathered by a group of eight artists who set off from Burlington in the fall of 2013 in search of the man who brought Buddhism to Tibet in the 8th Century: Guru Rinpoche (Precious Teacher) also known as Padmasambhava (Lotus Born). The team, made up of eight diverse perspectives, immersed themselves in the life, legends and landscape of Padma Sambhava – The Precious Guru.
Over the course of eight weeks, the team traveled across every imaginable landscape – deserts, lush valleys, massive peaks – logging more than 16,000 miles. The artists, Jon Schechner (photographer), Clemma Dawsen (writer), Ronen Schechner (filmmaker), and Sarah Brutzman (sound artist and dancer) travelled through Mongolia, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. During this eight week epic journey they wrote, danced, filmed and photographed.
Their creative reflections form the materials for the Precious Guru exhibition and storytelling experience.
The Triptych Journey artists will present their work and discuss the rigors, challenges, and joys of working on the project on Friday, October 16 at 5pm at the Central Vermont Medical Center Gallery. Ronen Schechner’s film will be presented at this time.
Their experiences inspired an outstanding collection of multi-media artistic expression, brought together first in Burlington at The Karma Birdhouse Gallery and now at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin through October 30, 2015.
Triptych Journey’s director, Burlington resident Marc Wennberg says:
“The story of Guru Rinpoche is filled with magic, power, and compassion. This story is both ancient and contemporary–it is constantly evolving and adapting with new meaning and teachings.”
The exhibit is generously supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the VHC or NEH.
Additional supporters include the MindBody Medicine Clinic, of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont and business sponsors: Milne Travel, Blue House Group, and St. Albans Frame and Gallery Shoppe.
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Photographs and sound-bites from the journey are available for publication and/or broadcast.
For more information on the Central Vermont Medical Center Gallery, please go to our website: cvmc.org/about-cvmc/cvmc-art-gallery or contact Maureen O’Connor Burgess at firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center is part of a four-hospital system established to deliver high quality academic medicine to every community we serve. Our partners are:
- The University of Vermont Medical Center
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
- The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital