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John Guy: Crowns of Transformation

How Vajrācāryas become Bodhisattvas

Date of Lecture: September 26, 2019

John GuyAbout the Speaker: John Guy is the Florence and Herbert Irving Curator of the Arts of South and Southeast Asia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Met, he curated the landmark exhibition “Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist
Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th century” in 2014, and he recently curated the exhibition “Crowns of the Vajra Masters: Ritual Art of Nepal.”

About the Talk: In his illustrated lecture, John Guy describes the ritual use of Vajracharya crowns and the windows that their contemporary use provides into the medieval Indian origins of these key objects of Vajrayana Buddhist practice.

His talk is presented in conjunction with the Cantor Art Gallery exhibition "Dharma and Puṇya: Buddhist Ritual Arts of Nepal." It is one of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.