An exhibit titled "The Pearl of the Snowlands: Buddhist Prints from the Derge Parkhang" is on display at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery through Dec. 7. Founded in 1729 by Denba Tserenone, the Derge Parkhang is of the foremost cultural, social, religious, and historical institutions in Tibet.
The exhibition features large, finely cut prints of Buddhas, protective deities, and tara, together with astrological charts, story prints, and charms specially printed from some of the 300,000 blocks in the Parkhang collection. They open a fascinating window into the beliefs, symbols, and learning of Tibetan Buddhism.
This exhibition is part of a collaborative project between the Derge Parkhang, Wesleyan and Columbia College. It is the first authorized exhibition of works from the Derge Parkhang in the United States. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information call 860-685-2330. (Photos by Intisar Abioto '09)