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Ku'ulei Funn, editor

 

Buddhist monks restore rare art for exhibition

Each yard of silk, stitch of thread, and stroke of paint in the restoration of thangkas is crafted with extremely careful and precise effort. Thangkas, a precious form of Buddhist art. Thangka, or scroll painting, is a religious painting of the Buddha and/or Bodhisattva bordered with silk and typically hung at a religious altar for prayer. These paintings, art works to us in the West, are sacred images to the Bhutanese, images of religious reverence that resonate within its culture. [More]


Namgay, a Buddhist monk from Bhutan carefully stitches the silk to a thangka painting. These tangka are painted will mineral pigments made from crushed gold, jade, and other precious, and semi-precious stones to create these vivid colors.

Photo by Ephraim Jose

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HPU's Evening with Humanities screens first western documentary on Bhutan

For the past ten years, HPU has sponsored the “Evening with Humanities” program designed to heighten public awareness of humanities. This year, with the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities, HPU featured one of the first Western documentaries about one of the least developed and most isolated countries in the world. [More]

 

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