Tibet WeekEmory University’s 10th annual Tibet Week is set for March 22-27. Through films, lectures, art and other exhibits and events, Tibet Week provides opportunities for the Emory and Atlanta communities to experience firsthand the diverse dimensions of Tibetan Buddhist culture. It brings both Tibetan artists and monks to campus as ambassadors to share religious and artistic traditions.

Highlights of the week include:

• Opening ceremony, Emory quadrangle, noon, Monday, March 22, featuring Tibetan Sangsol smoke offerings. The ceremony will be followed by live exhibitions in Emory’s Michael C. Carlos Museum of the Tibetan Sand Mandala created by monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery, and Tibetan Thangka paintings by master painter Tenzin Norbu of the Norbilingka Institute. Exhibitions continue throughout the week in the Carlos Museum, 571 S. Kilgo Circle, with lectures, films and guided meditations.

• Public Lecture: “A Visual History of the Dalai Lamas” by Rebecca Bloom, assistant curator, Rubin Museum of Art in New York, 7 p.m., Monday, March 22, in the Carlos Museum Reception Hall. Along with master thangka painter Tenzin Norbu, Bloom will discuss and exhibit several completed thangkas from a series depicting the lives of the 14 Dalai Lamas.

• Keynote talk: “Why the Dalai Lama Matters – More Than Ever” by Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, 7 p.m., Thursday, March 25, in Cannon Chapel, 515 Kilgo Circle, Emory. He will discuss his latest book, “Why the Dalai Lama Matters: His Act of Truth as the Solution for China, Tibet and the World.”

• “Mystical Arts of Tibet – Sacred Music, Sacred Dance,” 8 p.m., Saturday, March 27, Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Rd. The event features traditional Tibetan music, song and dance by the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery, along with a performance by musical group the Dharma Bums. Discounted tickets are $20 in advance in the Carlos Museum Reception Hall during Tibet Week, at Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. or by phone, 404.982.0051. Tickets will be available starting at 7 p.m. at the door for $25; $10 with Emory I.D.

This year’s Tibet Week anticipates the return visit of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama to Emory from Oct. 17-19, 2010, in his capacity as Presidential Distinguished Professor. The Dalai Lama was named Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory in 2007, the first university appointment accepted by the 1989 Nobel Peace Laureate and leader of the Tibetan people. The appointment was an outgrowth of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, which was founded in 1998 to bring together the best of Western and Tibetan Buddhist intellectual traditions.

All Tibet Week events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Visitor parking is available in the Fishburne parking deck, 1672 N. Decatur Road. See the complete schedule of Tibet Week activities at http://www.tibet.emory.edu/news.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.