Gendun Chopel (1903-1951) was, arguably, the most important — and certainly the most controversial — Tibetan intellectual of the 20th century. He was a brilliant philosopher, a superb poet, and the first Tibetan to paint in a “modern style.” This lecture will survey his fascinating career (he wrote the first sex manual in Tibetan and was imprisoned for this political views) and present some of his watercolors from his travels to India and Sri Lanka in the 1930s. The lecture will end with a reading, in both Tibetan and English translation, of some of Gendun Chopel’s most famous poems, drawn from the recently published collection of his poetry, In the Forest of Faded Wisdom. (newyorklit)
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