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The journey of Himalayan Pilgrimage continues with Liberation Through Sight\, a reinstallation that focuses on artworks created as ve hicles to enlightenment.

Vajrayana\, the esoteric form of Buddhism that prevails in Tibet and the H imalayas\, employs myriad icons of deities to reveal the true nature of the Buddha’s teachings. The making of these icons is in itself a devotional ac t\, bringing merit to the artist as well as to the devotee who engages in t he practice of visualization through the image. Artists of these works are anonymous\, viewed as selfless interpreters of a high spiritual teaching. T heir work serves to assist others in gaining understanding of the Buddha’s teachings through visual interpretation.

New art in the recently reinstalled gallery includes an e xceptionally rare set of seven paintings depicting the lineage of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama\, painted around 1815 upon the death of the ninth Dalai L ama\, as well as images of compassionate and wrathful deities of the Tibeta n pantheon.

A continuati on of Himalayan Pilgrimage: Journ ey to the Land of Snows\, which explored the journey of Bu ddhism across several centuries and from India into Tibet.

The works in this exhibition are on lon g-term loan from a single private collection.

Himalayan Pilgrimage is organized by Senior C urator for Asian Art Julia M. White.

DTEND:20121125 DTSTAMP:20140419T213038 DTSTART:20120615 GEO:37.8681831;-122.2562092 LOCATION:Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive\,2625 Durant Avenue #2250 \nBerkeley\, CA 94720-2250 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Himalayan Pilgrimage: Liberation Through Sight UID:225924 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR