On Saturday, April 11th , Tulku Jamyang, a Tibetan contemporary artist and reincarnated lama visited the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art. Tulku Jamyang, or “TJ” as he likes to be called spoke with us about his art, his work in Nepal at his monastery, and the importance of meditation and compassion.

The event was attended by 30 guests and everyone found TJ’s words very enlightening. He applied many Buddhist philosophies to modern-day issues.

According to Museum Board Member Charles DeStefano who attended the talk:

“I had the pleasure of attending an enlightening event at the Jacques Marchais Tibetan Museum last Saturday. Tulku Jamyang, a venerated lama, born in Nepal and acknowledged by leaders in the Tibetan Buddhist community, including the Dalai Lama, as a reincarnated lama at the age of two.

What I found to be most fascinating was his genuineness, his wisdom, and ability to convey his wisdom and experience to his audience. He told us that we all carry small weight around us (and used an example of a bottle of water). When we carry those small things for short periods, we do not feel the weight of those items. Carrying small things for very long periods becomes stress that embeds itself in our bodies. He told us that we need to clear ourselves of those small things through meditation. Meditation, he said, is not magic or requires intensive training. It is merely the process of resting your consciousness, of shutting out the engine of your thoughts, and giving yourself a rest.

Tulku Jamyang speaking at the Tibetan Museum, April 11th.

Tulku Jamyang speaking at the Tibetan Museum, April 11th.

Tulku Jamyang also told us that we need to look at the world from other angles. We do not need to feel that everything has a concrete definition. We should be able to suspend our longstanding thoughts in order to generate change. Listening to our so-called adversaries and put ourselves into their shoes. The possibility of effecting change can take place when we suspend our traditional beliefs.”

Museum Board Members, Charles DeStefano, Peg Harrington, Tulku Jamyang, Kathleen Xi, and Museum director, Meg Ventrudo

Museum Board Members, Charles DeStefano, Peg Harrington, Tulku Jamyang, Kathleen Xi, and Museum director, Meg Ventrudo

In addition to being a recognized meditation master, Tulku Jamyang is also an accomplished contemporary artist and his work has appeared in the Anonymous Exhibition that was recently on view at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, NY and the Queens Museum. His work was also featured in the Transcending Tibet exhibition at the Rogue Space Gallery in Chelsea, NY. He creates are by burning rice paper with incense.

Tulku Jamyang’s visit furthered the Museum’s mission of presenting the art and culture of Tibet to a wider audience in a contextual setting. Please continue to check our website for more information about upcoming events.