Events & Opportunities

Tibetan Studies Events in New York City

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 2019  1:00pm

(Second performance on Sunday, January 13, 1pm)

Mila, Great Sorcerer

Contemporary opera produced by New Vision for Opera, NYC. Part of the Prototype 2019 Festival.

Venue: Gerald W. Lynch Theater; 524 W 59th Street; NYC


TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019 12:10-1:30pm

"Garu Lobzang Sherap: A Tibetan Painter at the Qing Court"

Talk by art historian Gendun Tenpa on the 17th-century Tibetan artist Garu Lobsang Sherap, who had connections to both the Kangxi Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, as well as powerful heads in the Lhasa-based Ganden Phodrang Tibetan government. The talk is timed to coincide with the “Faith and Empire” conference at the Rubin Museum, April 6-8. (See below)

Tsangwang Gendun Tenpa, Director and Chief Curator of the Chengdu Dargye Himalayan Art and Culture Museum; moderated by Gray Tuttle, Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies, Columbia University.

Venue: International Affairs Building, Room 918 (SIPA); 420 West 118th Street (between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive).


APRIL 6-8, 2019 (details to be announced)

Conference: "Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism"

This conference, co-organized with Columbia University, is in conjunction with the Faith and Empire  exhibit at the Rubin Museum (see below), which explores the dynamic historical intersection of politics, religion, and art in Tibetan Buddhism. 

Venue:  Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011.


Local Exhibits


FEBRUARY 2, 2018 - JANUARY 27, 2019

"The Second Buddha: Master of Time"

This exhibition focuses on the legendary Indian master Padmasambhava (lit. "Lotus Born), who is celebrated by Tibetans as “The Second Buddha” and believed to have been instrumental in converting the land and people of Tibet to Buddhism.  The Second Buddha brings together 41 works of art (in various formats and materials) from the 13th to 20th century with interactive technology. Central to the exhibition are themes of the interconnected nature of past and future as the basis for constructing identity and projecting teachings into the future.

Curated by Elena Pakhoutova.

Venue: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011. (Free admission on Friday nights!)  


February 1, 2019 - July 15, 2019  

"Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism"

Faith and Empire explores the dynamic historical intersection of politics, religion, and art in Tibetan Buddhism. Through more than 60 objects from the 8th to the 19th century, the exhibition illuminates how Tibetan Buddhism presented a model of universal sacral kingship, whereby consecrated rulers were empowered to expand their realm, aided by the employment of ritual magic. Images were a primary means of political propagation, integral to magical tantric rites and embodiments of its power.

Through the lens of Tibetan Buddhism’s potent historic political role in Asia, Faith and Empire seeks to place Himalayan art in a larger global context and shed light on an important but little-known aspect of power in the Tibetan tradition.

Curated by Karl Debreczeny.

Venue:  Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011. (Free admission on Friday nights!)


Fellowships, Jobs & Other Opportunities


Internships at the Rubin Museum of Art (New York City)

A variety of internship positions are regularly available at this premiere institution devoted to Himalayan art and related education.

Summer Study Opportunities

Tibetan, Sanskrit and Nepalese summer intensive language courses, including beginning classical Tibetan, three levels of colloquial Tibetan (beginning, intermediate, and advanced), beginning Sanskrit, and beginning and intermediate Nepalese. An introductory Buddhist studies intensive, combining study and a meditation practicum, is also offered.

Instructor: Professor Tsetan Chonjore. Tibetan language study for students at all levels, with special emphasis on oral fluency.

Classical Tibetan Summer Intensive:  Six-week or two-week course options for students at beginning, intermediate and advance levels. Self-described as "an excellent foundation for students applying to or entering MA or Ph.D. programs in Buddhist Studies as well as a rare opportunity for students seeking knowledge of Classical Tibetan for their personal study and practice."

Includes classes in Tibetan.  The syllabus for the 2018 session is available here.


Tibetan Studies Librarian
Dr. Lauran R. Hartley
304M Kent Hall
(212) 854-9875