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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Tibetan Bronzes on Exhibit at Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art

August 20, 2008

The Art Daily
August 19, 2008

Photo from The Collection of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine
Art at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.

AUBURN -- The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art announced the
opening of a small exhibition of works from the Nelson and Joan
Cousins Hartman Collection of Tibetan Bronzes. The exhibition,
Aspects of Buddha, is open now and will be on display through the
fall semester.

Aspects of Buddha provides a selection of Buddhist images created in
Tibet. Each figure tells a story meant to relay information about
Buddhist thought and philosophy. The works also show the diverse
region of Asia, and the combination of Indian and Chinese influences
on Tibetan art. The works are cast bronze, and date back to the 15th
Century. Originally the objects were venerated in Buddhist temples
and private altars.

On August 21-24 monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta
will create a sand mandala in the Grand Gallery of the Jule Collins
Smith Museum of Fine Art. The public is invited to see the monks at
work, and take part in the opening and closing ceremonies of the
mandala making.

"After years of study and self discipline, Siddhartha attained a true
understanding of the nature of life and became the Buddha, or
'Enlightened One.' This occurred while he was seated in deep
meditation under a tree. According to legend, the evil King Mara,
determined to prevent Siddhartha from achieving spiritual
enlightenment, sent demonic warriors and beautiful temptresses to
distract him from his mediation.

Siddhartha was not distracted and succeeded in attaining spiritual
enlightenment. At the moment of enlightenment, he reached down with
his right hand and called upon the Earth to witness his virtuous
deeds and his resolve."
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