‘SACRED SPACES’ IN TIBETAN RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS
Featuring Guest Speakers: Ian Baker, Robert Beer, Prof. Fabian Sanders (University of Venice), Anne Bancroft (V & A Museum), Dr. Tim Myatt (University of Oxford), Cameron Bailey (University of Oxford), Naomi Levine (Author), Cindy Faulkner, Mike Farmer, John Renshaw
Convenor: Dr Jamyang Oliphant (University of Oxford)
We cordially invite you to a weekend exploring the theme of Sacred Spaces in the context of Himalayan culture. This conference will bring together some of the foremost active researchers on Tibetan religion, geography, art and culture to discuss the notions of what makes places and objects sacred. Practical demonstrations of yogic exercises and meditational dance under the guidance of leading practitioners will take place on the second day.
The talks and ensuing discussions will focus on a variety of topics; how a place may be intrinsically sacred through its geomantic or geographical attributes and how sacredness may also be created or embraced by consecration and propitiatory rites. Sacred landscapes and mandala art will also be examined in depth.
The first day is dedicated to examining perceptions of sacred space in the Himalayan context, referring to specific power places & landscapes. We will also learn how museums choose to acquire and represent sacred objects. The afternoon session will include a talk focusing on the symbolism of the mandala. The specific architecture of the Lukhang Temple will be explored together with explanations of guardian deity rituals.
On the second day, we shall concentrate on the interaction between the devotee & the sacred through exploring the nature of pilgrimage. We will also learn about yogic practices & the meditative Dance of the Vajra. The sacred nature inherent in each of us, will also be explored in the context of the ancient practice of Yantra Yoga. In the afternoon there will also be an introduction to the geography of Tibet & a case study of Pemako, a sacred ‘hidden-land’ (known to Tibetans as ‘be-yul’) will be presented.
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Saturday 1 October, 10-6PM
Sunday 2 October 10-6PM
Venue : Lekdanling, Unit B, 14 Collent Street, Hackney, London E9 6SG
Saturday, October 1
10:00 a.m. Registration, Welcome tea and Opening Remarks.
10:30 - 11:10 Professor Fabian Sanders (University of Venice). “Sacred, Consecrated and Haunted: Some Remarks on Tibetan Concepts of Space.”
11:10 - 11:20 Tea break
11:20 - 12:00 Dr Tim Myatt (University of Oxford). “Temples of the Empire and Imperial Archives: Items collected during the Younghusband Mission to Tibet in British Collections.”
12:05 - 12:45 Anne Bancroft (Victoria & Albert Museum). “Sacred in the Secular.”
12.45 - 2:00 LUNCH
2:00 - 3:15 Robert Beer. “The Mandala, its Architecture and Symbolism.”
3.15 – 3.30 Tea
3:30 - 4:10 Ian Baker. “Tibet’s Lukhang Temple: Sacred Space in Transformation.”
4:15 - 4:55 Cameron Bailey (University of Oxford). "Protector Deities in Lelung Zhepe Dorje's Exploration of Hidden Lands."
5:00 – 6:00 Round Table Discussion I
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Music and bar.
Sunday October 2
10.00 – 10.10am Arrival & Tea
10:10 – 11:10 a.m. Naomi Levine. “Bodhgaya and the Tree of Wisdom". The history of Bodhgaya, what makes it a sacred space & its iconography.
11:10 - 11:20 Tea break
11:20 - 12:30 Cindy Faulkner. “An Introduction to the Dance of the Vajra and a practical demonstration.”
12:30 -1: 30 LUNCH
1:30 - 2:30 Mike Farmer. “Mapping Tibet: Herding Cats for Beginners . . . ”
2:35 - 3:35 pm Ian Baker. “Tibet's Hidden Lands and the Yoga of Pilgrimage: A journey through Pemako”
3:35 - 3:50 Tea break
3:50 - 4:50 John Renshaw. “Middle Either Way? The missing link interacting with body and mind. Working with the subtle body; breathing, energy and emotions in Tibetan yoga.“
An introduction to Yantra Yoga, to be followed by a practical demonstration.
5.00 – 6.00 Round Table Discussion II