Dakini Wisdom: The Five Enlightened Consorts” by Dr. Judith Simmer-Brown

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Friday, May 30, 4:30 – 6:00pm

Cornerstone Arts Center Film Screening Room

Free and open to the public

Associated with the Mandala of Enlightenment exhibition, Dr. Simmer-Brown’s talk will place American artist Joan Bredin-Price’s feminist interpretation of Tibetan tradition in context.

Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor of Contemplative and Religious Studies at Naropa University, and an Acharya, senior dharma teacher, in the Shambhala lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche since 2000.  She is author of Dakini’s Warm Breath:  The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation in the Classroom. 

Mandala of Enlightenment: the Dhyani Buddhas & Tara: Goddess of Liberation

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An exhibition of paintings by Joan Bredin-Price

IDEA Space

May 29 – July 15, 2014

This exhibition explores Tibetan Buddhist spiritual symbolism from an American perspective, mixing traditional and contemporary imagery and techniques.  The Dhyani Buddhas series comprises 10 large mixed media paintings that depict the male and female counterparts to the five Buddha families known and used in Tibetan Buddhism as guides to spiritual transformation. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the five Buddhas and their duplicate female consorts are to be studied, contemplated and meditated upon as a method for freeing oneself from the suffering of the human condition. While the imagery remains traditional, Bredin-Price’s paintings are the original work of a Western Buddhist practitioner and artist.  Her renderings of archetypal figures reveal her feminist beliefs by portraying the female in each of the five couples in the same size and stance as the male.

The Tara images depict the premier savior Goddess of Tibet. Tara is considered to be the embodiment of all of the Buddha’s activities. Although two versions of Tara exist in Tibetan Buddhism – White Tara and Green Tara – the works included in this exhibition focuses specifically on the Green Tara.

Sponsored by the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund and the Department of Religion.

Revealing the Mandala’s True Colors: Healing by Opening into the Depths of Inclusiveness

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Thursday, May 29, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

IDEA Cabaret Conversation with Dr. David Gardiner and Sarah Bender, Sensei

IDEA Space

Free and open to the public

Using the exhibition Mandala of Enlightenment exhibition as inspiration, Dr. Gardiner and Ms. Bender will discuss ways that contemporary Buddhism is changing America and Americans are changing Buddhism.

Sarah Bender: A Zen Buddhist, Sarah gives talks, leads classes and retreats, and works with individual Zen students at Springs Mountain Sangha in Colorado Springs. Sarah began her practice with the Honolulu Diamond Sangha in 1979 and has studied with Joan Sutherland, Roshi, and David Weinstein, Roshi, since 1997. From 2001 to 2006 she served as the meditation instructor for SMS, and in 2006 became the sangha’s first resident teacher. Sarah was also the Cadet Chapel Buddhist Program Leader for the United States Air Force Academy for many years, and she leads occasional retreats for the Wet Mountain Sangha, in Pueblo.

David Gardiner: Dr. David Gardiner has taught Buddhism and related subjects in the Religion Department of Colorado College in Colorado Springs since 1998. He began learning Buddhism in the late 1970′s at Amherst College with Robert Thurman, and also with Tibetan lamas who lived with Dr. Thurman. This was followed by time in India and Nepal working under Tibetan teachers. He then went to the University of Virginia for his M.A. degree, where he studied Madhyamaka philosophy with Jeffrey Hopkins and Japanese Buddhism with Paul Groner. Dr. Gardiner completed his Ph.D. in 1995 at Stanford University in East Asian Religions. Alongside his work in teaching and research, he gives talks on Buddhism throughout Colorado, maintains a practice based on Tibetan traditions, and runs a non-profit educational Buddhist organization in Colorado Springs called BodhiMind Center.

Sponsored by: The Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund and the Department of Religion

IDEA Cabaret: Fierce Beats and the Floating World

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IDEA Cabaret: Fierce Beats and the Floating World: iROZEALb’s Hip Hop Fusion
Wednesday, April 30, 4:30pm

IDEA Space

Free and open to the public

IDEA Cabaret is an ongoing program that invites participants with diverse areas of expertise to discuss an IDEA exhibition with each other and with the audience. 

Fierce Beats and the Floating World features Colorado College faculty members Joan Ericson (Professor of Japanese) and Heidi Lewis (Assistant Professor of Feminist and Gender Studies) in conversation with Dr. Aya Louisa McDonald (Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas). Each will respond to artist iROZEALb’s fusion of traditional Japanese art and contemporary Hip Hop aesthetics. Come join the conversation!

Sponsored by the Colorado College Cultural Attractions Fund and the NEH Distinguished Professorship.

The ReMINDers in Concert

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Cornerstone Art Center Main Space: Rhythm Nations Concert featuring

The Reminders
Friday, April 25, 4:30 pm,

Cornerstone Arts Center Main Space

Free and open to the public

The Reminders blend soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics. This musical duo consists of Brussels-born emcee Big Samir and Queens-born emcee/vocalist Aja Black. Big Samir weaves intricate rhythmic patterns with a bilingual French/English flow, displaying his street-smart credibility in both his lyrics and cool demeanor. This is beautifully complimented by Aja Black’s confident delivery, diverse cadences, and unique vocal stylings. The two have an undeniable magical chemistry as they share more than lyrical abilities and stages; the couple shares a partnership in both music and life as Samir and Aja have been married for almost a decade. Their debut album ‘Recollect’ dropped in 2008 followed by ‘Born Champions” in 2012.

 
 
 

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