How Art is Central to Buddhist Tradition

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Date & Time: Thursday, September 5, 2019
4:30 PM-5:30 PM

Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School
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College of the Holy Cross
Rehm Library
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610-2395
Cost: No cost, open to the public
Description: Professor Todd Lewis will give a lecture in conjunction with the exhibition Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal at 4:30 p.m. in Rehm Library.

Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal
September 5 - December 14

Co-curated by
Dr. Jinah Kim, Professor of History of Art & Architecture, Harvard University
Dr. Todd Lewis, Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross

This exhibition highlights Nepals artistic heritage as a rich and enduring continuation of Indic Buddhist traditions. Featuring paintings, illustrated texts, sculptures, and ritual implements crafted by Newar artisans over the last millennium, Dharma and Puya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal will be centered on how the Buddhas teachings were arrayed as much for worldly householders as otherworldly seekers. It will illustrate the centrality of ritual in Buddhism, showing how illustrated narratives and common practices address every devotees need to make good karma (punya), a central tenet of the Buddhas teaching (dharma). Showing some objects never before displayed in the West, this historic exhibition will focus on the unparalleled contributions of Kathmandu Valley artisans and patrons not only in their communities, but in the subsequent development of Tibetan art.

Dharma and Punya: Buddhist Ritual Art of Nepal has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Detail of Vasudhr Maala
1777 (N.S. 897)
87.6 x 73 cm; Framed 84 x 111 cm
Opaque watercolor on cloth
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Gift of Stephen and Sharon Davies Collection, 2015
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Phone: 508-793-3356
Entered by: Cantor Art Gallery (

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