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A sacred thangkha, commissioned by the 8th Dalai Lama, on rare display

-1On Friday, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena will open an exhibit called In the Land of Snow: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas.  The centerpiece of this show is a majestic thangkha, 300 years old, 22 feet tall and 16 feet wide, that was commissioned by the 8th Dalai Lama for his tutor.  You must see it in person to believe it.

Click here to read and hear the story I did for KCRW about the history of this rare piece, which has only been shown twice in the last 40 years (and not much before that.)  The curator, Melody Rod-Ari, does a beautiful job of explaining how the thangkha was made, and why it’s relevant–and powerful for your karma.

There are other Buddhist artifacts on display, too, but they are dwarfed, literally and figuratively by the scroll and its unusual display.

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Sheryl WuDunn on women, Pico Iyer on quiet, Karma and compassion in Beverly Hills

Couple events coming up:

Tonight, I have the honor of interviewing Pulitzer-prize winning writer Sheryl WuDunn about her book HALF THE SKY at the glorious Skirball.

On Monday, I’ll be speaking about Bhutan at All Saint’s Church in Beverly Hills as part of the “year of compassion” series-and my friend Karma Dem will be serving up fusion Bhutanese food.

And next Thursday, the celebrated writer Pico Iyer will be at UCLA’s Fowler Museum with me, discussing the joy of quiet and retreats.  (Maybe we’ll even have a moment of silence.)

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