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The Five Dhyāni Buddhas in Paubhā, the Sacred Painting of Nepal

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10:00- 17:00


Dr Renuka Gurung

In this course led by Dr Renuka Gurung, students will examine the philosophical significance of Pancha Dhyāni Buddhas in the Newar Buddhist tradition in Nepal.The Newar peoples are a group indigenous to the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. Students will paint the five buddhas using the techniques of the traditional Newar painting, Paubhā. By the end of the course, students will have completed one beautifully painted image of a dhyāni buddha to take home.

This course is part of the Bagri Foundation Open Programme at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, which aims to expand the Asian arts courses at The School.

Dr Renuka Gurung

Dr Gurung is one of the leading masters of traditional Paubha painting. She completed her doctoral degree at the prestigious, The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London in 2013. Dr Gurung was awarded with the David Ciclitira prize by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, Princes Charles for her outstanding doctoral dissertation titled “Understanding, preserving and transmitting the tradition of Paubhā painting in twenty–first century Nepal.”

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