Buddhist Visual Literacy:
The Bodhisattva Ideal Throughout Asian Art
A joint offering by Nitartha Institute and Nalandabodhi Seattle.
Faculty: Stephanie Johnston
“Literacy” is the ability to interpret and create meaning from symbols in the form of letters and words. “Visual” extends the meaning beyond words and is based on the notion that pictures can be “read”. Buddhist Visual Literacy (BVL) uses classic Buddhist teachings on perception and conception to unlock the power of Buddhist iconography and teaches us how to apply this new found literacy to connect with the Buddhist path.
Six core classes explore the foundation of BVL and apply its framework to the awakening and awakened qualities manifest in the great bodhisattvas. These six classes constitute the course’s core and are suitable for those with an interest in the Buddhist path, symbolism, iconography, Buddhist art history, and with an inquisitive bent towards the riddle of living.
Three supplementary classes enhance the core presentations using Kagyu and Nyingma shedra studies, such as those offered by Nitartha Institute. In particular, we will dig into the core class themes using teachings on seeming and ultimate realities, valid cognition, buddha nature, paths and bhumis, and clear thinking.
When: A nine-part series on Thursdays 9am Pacific Time (6pm Central European Time), March 3 - April 28, 2022
To register click here, where you can also find more details, including scholarship information.
3 3 月 - 28 4 月, - Pacific Time