Date: 07/05/11 through 09/15/11
22 West 15th Street - 212.807.0563
New York, NY 10011

Description: Tibet House US is proud to present an inspirational photography exhibit of archival pigment prints that celebrates the life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his extraordinary impact on the modern world, and the Tibetan people he has guided in exile. The exhibit The Dalai Lama and His People showcases renowned photographer Don Farber’s works, which are also available in his latest book His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This exhibit coincides with the Dalai Lama's 76th birthday and the Kalachakra Initiation for World Peace in Washington D.C. The exhibition can be viewed from July 5th to September 15th with a special opening reception and book signing on July 19th from 6pm to 8pm, at Tibet House US. The Dalai Lama and His People beautifully captures the many facets of His Holiness the Dalai Lama across a 30-year span. His quieter moments in meditation present the private, contemplative individual. He is also seen giving teachings to thousands on stage, leading prayers with his fellow monks, and offering intimate blessings. With each moment captured, compassion, joy and sense of purpose emanate from this voice of world peace, self-proclaimed simple monk, and leader of the Tibetan people. This exhibition also features stunning photographs of Tibetans– child monks at play, women bedecked in turquoise, men dressed in ceremonial regalia, and faithful pilgrims journeying across the vast Himalayas. This range of photography provides an excellent glimpse into the joy and deeper spiritual purpose resonating within this endangered culture of the Tibetan people. Robert A. F. “Tenzin” Thurman, the President of Tibet House US says, "Don Farber has given us a great gift, using his consummate artistry to open a window upon the intimate presence of His Holiness at home, out in the world helping people, contemplating the ocean of life with his unaverted gaze of love and compassion.” Don Farber is one of the most significant chroniclers of Buddhism today. He has photographed Buddhist life for three decades and has been a special photographer for the Dalai Lama since 1989. He brings the spirit of modern Tibetan Buddhism alive with the inspirational exhibition, The Dalai Lama and His People. By following his footsteps through this photographic journey, we receive a rare view into the life of this beloved world religious leader. The photographs in the exhibition are available now in Farber's latest book, His Holiness the Dalai Lama –a vibrant collection of outstanding photographs presented with brief biographies and teachings–published by teNeues. ABOUT TIBET HOUSE US GALLERY - Since opening in 1998, the Tibet House US Gallery has featured exhibitions of classical and contemporary Tibetan art, as well as modern and contemporary art inspired by Tibetan culture. Exhibitions have included artworks from private collections and museums, as well as selections from Tibet House’s own Repatriation Collection. The Repatriation Collection represents an ongoing effort to conserve examples of Tibetan art and artifacts for their eventual repatriation. The 2,000 square foot Gallery is open to the public and includes a traditional Tibetan shrine room, which is available to visitors for quiet contemplation and meditation. Gallery Location: 22 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011. Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday from 12 to 5 p.m. ABOUT TIBET HOUSE US: Established in 1987 under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet House is a non-profit educational institution and cultural embassy working to preserve, restore and present Tibet's unique cultural and spiritual heritage by means of a permanent cultural center, with gallery, library, and archives, and developing traveling exhibitions, print publications and media productions. Additionally they seek to share with the world Tibet's practical systems of spiritual philosophy and mind sciences, and its arts of human development, intercultural dialogues, nonviolence, and peacemaking, by means of innovative programs in cooperation with educational and other cultural institutions. Their New York City center is comprised of 7,000 square feet including gallery space, Tibetan Buddhist shrine, photographic archives, a lending library of over 1,000 volumes, and staff offices. In keeping with their mission as a cultural embassy, Tibet House U.S. develops and presents innovative educational and cultural programs for the general public. It serves as a central meeting place for the local Tibetan community to hold programs and events.