The Naropa University Galleries offer an experience of the arts in a contemplative environment committed to the human experience of visual, perceptual and energetic transmissions through art.
Creativity in Action by Kongtrul Jigme Namgyel - January 18 - March 15, 2019 - The Cube & Nalanda Galleries
Join Naropa University in celebrating Kongtrul Jigme Namgyel’s exhibition Creativty in Action from January 18th – March 15th 2019 in the Cube & Nalanda Gallery at the Nalanda Campus, 6287 Arapahoe Street, Boulder, CO 80301. Reception is Friday, January 18th from 6:00-800 p.m.
Kongtrul Jigme Namgyel, also known as Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, was born in the Northern Indian province of Himachel Pradesh into a Tibetan family, the son of Neten Chokling Rinpoche and Mayum Tsewang Paldun. Recognized as an incarnation of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye, a great scholar and meditation master in 19th century Tibet, he grew up in a monastic environment and received extensive training in all aspects of Buddhist philosophy and practice. In 1989 Mr. Namgyel moved to the United States with his family and in 1990 began a five-year tenure as a professor of Buddhist philosophy at the Naropa Institute. He founded Mangala Shri Bhuti at this time, an organization established with the vision of furthering the wisdom and practice of the Longchen Nyingtik, Khyentse, Kongtrul and Choling lineages. Mr. Namgyel travels widely throughout the world teaching and furthering his own education. Deeply interested in activities that express the natural state of mind for which all meditation aims, Mr. Namgyel admired the work of Kandinsky and Picasso in his first encounters with Western art. Trained in the traditional Tibetan arts of calligraphy, music and ritual dance, he began painting in the mid-1990’s under the guidance of the French abstract expressionist painter Yahne Le Toumelin. Out of all the Western traditions, abstract expressionism caught his attention due to its acceptance of formless technique, which closely mirrors the relaxation of strict discipline found in advanced meditation. He explains, "Like the mind, creativity is a clear mirror that reflects all things. It is not programed or un-programed. It is free of a transfixed or static response."
Deeply linked with Naropa University’s mission, the visual arts galleries nurture and cultivate contemplative insight to reflect the interplay of discipline and delight. We are home to five art galleries throughout the campuses that present contemporary and traditional media by students and faculty, regional, national and international artists. In addition, each spring and fall semester the Naropa University Galleries feature artwork by graduating seniors from the Visual Arts and Art Therapy programs.
The Lincoln Gallery: Displays Local and Regional professional artists. Plans are in process to create a permanent exhibit: The History of Naropa through photographs, articles and memorabilia from the archives. Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Paramita Gallery: Presents works in all media by Regional & Local professonal artists; Naropa University Faculty and MA Art Therapy students. Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The School of the Arts is committed to engaging a diverse audience and community building, including: