Shanghai Sino-Tibetan Art Gallery, Shanghai

12/10/2014 - 24/10/2014 


We are honored and grateful to Prof. Namkhai Norbu for the possibility of exhibiting his images of the Dzogchen murals from the Lukhang Temple, for the first time in China. The Lukhang murals reflect the visionary tradition of Tibet at the turn of the 17th Century, presenting a full guide to esoteric knowledge, illustrating the traditions of Tibetan yoga and sacred dance, as well as, visions from the Bardo Thodol.


These color images which were made by Prof. Namkhai in 1981, on his first return to Lhasa after 20 years, are sadly, the only record remaining of some areas of the murals which were damaged shortly afterwards. The exhibition wants to bring to the attention of the public, the importance of this truly unique cultural heritage treasure, for all mankind.


"Above abides as dark-blue the awareness of Dharmadhatu. In the center is the white mirror-like awareness, the yellow awareness of equanimity, the red discriminating awareness and the green all-accomplishing awareness. All five appear like the disk of the sun. The light of compassionate potentiality abides as three colors (white, yellow and red). From below the prana awareness supports the consciousness."

Lukhang Wall inscription translated by Jakob Winkler, in “Murals of Tibet”.



Curator: Alexander Siedlecki

Scientific advisor: Jakob Winkler

Architect: Lorenzo Trucato, Enric Miralles Foundation, Shanghai

Graphics: Fulvio Ferrari

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© 2014 Namkhai Norbu

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