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Bhutanese Lamas visit AMNH

Bhutanese Lamas visit AMNH
Bhutanese visitors with Museum staff

On October 11, 2011, a group of Bhutanese Buddhist dignitaries visited the Division of Anthropology to see some tangkas (Buddhist paintings) and sculptures in the Museum collections. The High Lama Dorji Lopen Ngawang Tenzin Rinpoche from Paro, Bhutan, and Lama Karma Namgyel who runs the Drukpa Mila Buddhist Center in Longmont, Colorado, were accompanied by a Bhutanese monk and two young Bhutanese ladies.

Lama Ngawang Tenzin graciously offered to perform a water purification ceremony to purify and bless the objects in storage and the Museum personnel present. He chanted the blessings accompanied by the sounds of a small hand drum and a bell. As part of the ceremony the storage area was blessed with purifying water and incense.

The water purification ceremony and blessings were greatly appreciated by Museum personnel. "It was very generous of Lama Ngawang Tenzin to honor the Museum by performing this ceremony," said Laila Williamson, Associate in the Division of Anthropology. "We value the Bhutanese visitors' interest in the Museum's Buddhist collections and their appreciation of the way the objects are cared for."

Water Purification Ceremony
Water Purification Ceremony
Preparations for the water purification ceremony
Water Purification Ceremony
Preparations for the water purification ceremony
Water Purification Ceremony
 Performing the ceremony

 
Blessing Storage Area and Museum Personnel
Blessing Storage Area
Touring the storage area with water and incense
Blessing Storage Area
Touring the storage area
Blessing Museum Personnel
Offering purifying water
Blessing Museum Personnel
Offering purifying water
Examining Buddhist Sculptures and Tangkas from the Museum Collection
Examining Buddhist Sculptures
The Lamas viewing Buddhist sculptures in storage
Examining Tangkas from the Museum Collection
Discussing tangka Pantheon of 300
Examining Tangkas from the Museum Collection
Tangka Pantheon of 300, AMNH No: 70.2/8377 B
Examining Tangkas from the Museum Collection
Examining tangkas
Examining Tangkas from the Museum Collection
Examining tangka Samvara Mandala
Examining Tangkas from the Museum Collection
Tangka Samvara Mandala, AMNH No: 70.3/1414

Additional Resources: Buddhist Objects at AMNH