lecture on Monday, Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta, in case any of you in that area would like to check it out. It's a part of the current exhibition titled "Mandala: Sacred Circle in Tibetan Buddhism".
"Christian Luczanits, Curator at the Rubin Museum of Art, will discuss Dimensions of Sacred Space: Mandalas in Early Tibetan Buddhist Art and Architecture. The monuments of the Western Himalayas dating from the 11th to the 13th century are rich in information on the mandala, its development and different forms of usage. Presenting a range of examples from these monuments—in murals, sculpture, and architecture—this lecture will introduce some of the key notions underlying the practice of the mandala in the Buddhist context. From the depiction of the ritual specialist using a mandala altar to the furnishing of architecture to transform it into a three-dimensional mandala the visitor enters by walking into the temple the western Himalayan monuments account for different dimensions of sacred space all of which are intimately connected with the mandala."