Photo: Ruth Walz

Dunhuang Cave Art: Hidden Illumination in Dark Times and the Secret Ambrosia of Great Compassion


Harold M. Williams Auditorium

For more than twenty years theater and opera director Peter Sellars has been studying the Vimalakirti Sutra—a first century CE allegorical text of Buddhist teachings, scenes of which are well-represented in the Dunhuang cave temples—and is collaborating with artists, composers, and scholars to stage a full-scale production that is anticipated to premiere in 2020.  At the Getty, Sellars will be joined by Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman for a conversation about Dunhuang and the Vimakakirti Sutra as sources of inspiration  for artists and Sellars' forthcoming production.

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