The Tenth Karmapa and Tibet’s Turbulent 17th Century Conference

    Special Event
    Saturday November 10, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

    Price: $45.00
    Member Price: $40.50

    The Tenth KarmapaChöying Dorje (1604-1674); Two Arhats and Dharmatäla Viewing Painting (detail), from a set of seven paintings; Lijiang, Yunnan; Dated 1660; Ink and pigment on silk; 68x 42 cm; Lijiang Municipal Museum (no. 439.3).

    The International conference “The Tenth Karmapa and Tibet’s Turbulent 17th century” will explore different aspects of Choying Dorje’s life, art, and the tumultuous times in which he lived. Some of the world’s most accomplished academics in the field will be taking part in the conference Friday 9 – Sunday 11 November 2012. These include Director of the Amnye Machen Institute Tashi Tsering, researcher in Tibetan Studies and former Director of Research in history and anthropology at the National Center of Scientific Research, Paris, Samten Karmay, Associate Professor of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University Elliot Sperling, Adjunct Researcher at Monash Asia Institute David Templeman, Professor and head of Tibetan Studies at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris Heather Stoddard, lecturer in Tibetan language and poetry at Indiana University Gedun Rabsal, Assistant Professor of Theology at Georgetown University Benjamin Bogin, Researcher at the Palace Museum in Beijing Luo Wenhua, and Rubin Museum of Art curators Karl Debreczeny, Christian Luczanits and David Jackson.



    Registration is now open! ($45.00) | Register Now!  OR call the Box Office at 212-620-5000 ext.344

    Student tickets must be purchased via phone or in-person.

    Conference registration includes complimentary admission to the museum.



    Saturday, November 10


    10:00 a.m. | Panel 1: The Tenth Karmapa: His Life

    Benjamin Bogin (Georgetown University) – ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Young Buddha: Literary Representations of the Tenth Karmapa's Childhood’

    Gedun Rabsal (Indiana University) – "Vajra Melodies: Reading the Tenth Karma-pa's Songs (mgur) and Poetry"

    Respondent: Pema Bhum (Director, Latse Library, NYC)


    11:30 a.m. | Lunch [Lunch will be available for purchase at the cafe and a select lunch menu will be provided to conference attendees.]


    1:30 p.m. | Panel 2: The Tenth Karmapa: His Art

    Karl Debreczeny (Rubin Museum of Art, NYC) – "From Hand of the Master to Workshop Production: Paintings Attributed to the Tenth Karmapa"

    Christian Luczanits (Rubin Museum of Art, NYC) – "Inspired by the Past: the art of Choying Dorje and Western Himalayan sculpture"

    Luo Wenhua (Palace Museum, Beijing) –  ‘A So-called Tang Sculpture with Tibetan Inscription Attributed to Choying Dorje in the Palace Museum’

    David Jackson (Seattle, WA) – "Cracking the Jargon: Art Historical Terms from the Life of the Tenth Karmapa"

    Respondent: Heather Stoddard (INALCO, France)


    4:00 p.m. | Break


    4:30 p.m. | Panel 3: Seventeenth Century Historical Context

    Samten Karmay (CNRS, France) – "Rise of the Fifth Dalai Lama and His Relationship with the Tenth Karmapa"

    David Templeman (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia) – "The World Upside Down: Religious Prelates and Secular Rulers in 17th century Tsang"

    Respondent: Elliot Sperling (Indiana University)


    Click here for Full Conference Agenda



    The conference is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.


    Travel support for this conference has been granted, in part, by the Asian Cultural Council.