Art about Art - The Second Buddha: Master of Time
Rob Linrothe, Northwestern University Professor of Art History, offers art historical observations on representations of art in The Second Buddha. Part of The Second Buddha: Master of Time exhibition.
The event is free and open to the public. This event is supported by Skidmore College’s Center for Leadership in Teaching and Learning and the Office of Special Programs.
The Second Buddha: Master of Time is a special exhibition devoted to the life, legend, and legacy of Padmasambhava, a tantric master who is an iconic figure in Tibetan culture celebrated as “The Second Buddha.” Padmasambhava is known for bringing Buddhism to Tibet and is believed to have concealed lessons for future discovery called “treasure teachings.” The exhibition explores the visual and material world centered on Padmasambhava through sculpture, Tibetan scroll paintings (thangkas), textiles, and manuscripts from the thirteenth to the twentieth century. The ancient legends of Padmasambhava have transcended vastly different periods and cultures, carrying as they do universal messages about the power of human emotions, human achievement and triumph over adversity, self-transformation, impermanence, and the nonlinear nature of time. Legend holds that Padmasambhava was an enlightened being, capable of seeing through time to predict troubled times in the future. In order to aid future generations, he hid his teachings, known as hidden treasure teachings (terma), throughout the Tibetan lands for his disciples to discover. The exhibition will be on view through May 19, 2019.