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Woodstock’s Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery hosts art show with Gary Hill, David Van Tieghem & Henrietta Mantooth plus Green Living Day workshops

by Lynn Woods
October 06, 2011 12:00 PM | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Piece by Henrietta Mantooth (above); Gary Hill’s SIne Wave, 2011 (below), Mixed media installation
Piece by Henrietta Mantooth (above); Gary Hill’s SIne Wave, 2011 (below), Mixed media installation
What better time to host a program of green living that acknowledges the beauty and temporality of all living things than in mid-October, when the autumn leaves are at their peak, cascading to the ground in whirls of scarlet and yellow? The Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery (KTD), whose location in Woodstock at the top of Meads Mountain Road is positively sublime in the fall, is hosting a series of events related to careful stewardship of the Earth, be they organic gardening techniques or meditations geared to awareness of the land and water, on Saturday, October 15. The workshops are accompanied by the opening of two art exhibitions, which will run through December 4.

The “Green Living Day” events kick off at 10 a.m. with a prayer-flag-raising and two-hour workshops on sheet mulching, mirroring Nature, no-dig organic gardening and pondside planting, among other topics. A campus nature walk will also be offered, along with interactive demonstrations of the making of a sand mandala and “big-brush” calligraphy by Lama Chopal and Barbara Bush (there’s a $20 suggested donation for each workshop). In the afternoon, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., another set of workshops is offered, on “Hurricane Irene Lessons: The Power of Water,” “Green Dharma Practice: Listening to the Land” and “Seven Directions Movement Meditation and Dances.” There will also be a Tibetan painting demonstration, with a suggested $20 donation.

Also opening at 10 a.m. on Saturday are two art exhibitions: “Karma Kaguy: 900 Years of Tibetan Art” showcases the works of master architectural painter Tinley Chojar and celebrates the 900-year mark of the Karmapas’ enlightened activity and 17th Karmapa’s environmental vision (the Karmapas refers to the lineage of spiritual leaders to which the monastery belongs, down to the current Karmapa, whose recent North American visit was featured in The New York Times). Chojar, who died in 2007, was a seventh-generation Tibetan master artist who designed and painted the KTD Monastery as well as many other sacred Tibetan Buddhist sites in central Tibet, India and other countries, which are here captured in photographs.

“Living Here,” which was curated by Cate Woodruff, consists of works by artists who integrate Asian aesthetics and philosophical concepts with Western contemporary art movements to explore ideas of existence, consciousness and life in Nature. The headliners include Gary Hill, who will show a video installation; David Van Tieghem, who has written scores for many Broadway shows and will be providing musical accompaniment on all manner of percussive instruments; and painter Henrietta Mantooth. At 7 p.m. on Friday, October 14 there will be a preview talk at the Byrdcliffe Kleinert/James Center on the Arts on the two exhibitions.

Children and families are welcome. For more information, contact Pamela Boyce Simms at KTD Monastery: (845) 679-5906, extension 1121.

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