Gendun Chopel: Modern Artist

Thursday, May 22, 2014 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Gendun Chopel: one of the most important Tibetan figures of the twentieth century, famous for his skills as a poet and infamous for his controversial views. But he was more than that: He was also a talented artist.

Presented in a book for the first time are his remarkable watercolors and pencil sketches. With essays by Donald S. Lopez, one of the world’s leading scholars on Gendun Chopel, Gendun Chopel: Tibet’s First Modern Artist sheds new light on the life and legacy of a Tibetan icon. Join us for the grand reopening of our library with a book launch, signing, and conversation with the author—and the inaugural event in our twentieth-anniversary Gatön series.


Donald Lopez

Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan. The author of numerous books on Buddhism, his translations of the works of Gendun Chopel appear in The Madman's Middle Way, In the Forest of Faded Wisdom, and Grains of Gold: Tales of a Cosmopolitan Traveler (translated with Thupten Jinpa).


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