Tour of the Rubin Museum of Tibetan Art
with Tenzin Gelek and Harry Miller

Fri Jul 12, 11am–12pm EDT


We are excited to announce that Tenzin Gelek, Tibetan translator and Senior Specialist in Himalayan Arts and Culture at the Rubin Museum will be joining Harry Miller, Dharma Teacher and Docent at the museum, for this year’s tour of the Rubin Museum of Art. This will be Shantideva Center’s final tour at the Rubin Museum before it closes its physical doors in New York this October. Tenzin will provide an introduction and show a few paintings from the collection and together they will continue with a tour of the museum’s newest and last exhibit entitled, Reimagine. The exhibit displays works by over twenty contemporary Asian artists, who explore their spiritual roots in Hinduism and Buddhism by reinterpreting ancient beliefs and deity representations from their root cultures and adapting them to contemporary Western memes and themes from the Powerpuff Girls to an anthropomorphic rat Uber driver who ferries around Ganesh. Many of the works are stunning in their colorful, imaginative representations and engaging in their spiritually abstract explorations.

After the tour ends, please join us for lunch with Tenzin Gelek and Harry Miller at Cafeteria Restaurant in the neighborhood, where we can share our experiences and enjoy each other’s company. Note, the price of the tour does not include lunch.

Important Note

This is an in-person event. Please review Rubin Museum of Art’s visitor guidelines, In The Museum.

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Pricing: $35

Since this fee is charged by the Rubin Museum, this program is not included under Mandala membership. Ordained Sangha are invited to join for free. Contact to coordinate.

Please note that additional tickets may be purchased at the Museum.

Time zone: US Eastern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC-4)

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About the Facilitators

Tenzin Gelek is the Senior Specialist in Himalayan Arts and Culture at the Rubin Museum of Art. Tenzin is a co-founder of Latse Project and had worked for Latse Library and Trace Foundation over two decades, implementing cultural and educational projects in Tibetan regions. Tenzin has been studying Buddhism since 1980s, starting in Lhasa at the Potala Palace, with many Buddhist teachers cross the Tibetan traditions. 

Since late 1990s Tenzin has been translating for many Tibetan senior Buddhist teachers of different traditions hosted by dharma and academic institutes in the United States and Europe, including Tibet Center, Tibet House, Himalayan Library, Columbia University, Harvard University and International Association for Tibetan Studies (IATS). Tenzin also translates high standard academic and dharma works between English and Tibetan, publishing them in journals and academic research papers in the west. Tenzin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Oxford Brookes University in the UK and a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from The New School in New York.

Harry Miller has studied and practiced meditation for the better part of four decades. He studied with Master Shengyen, the renowned Chan Master, for over 30 years. He was editor of The Chan Newsletter for over 10 years, and he is a frequent contributor to Chan Magazine, and a certified Dharma Teacher at the Chan Meditation Center.

In addition, he is a board member at CMC, and a docent at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art, in NYC. He is a Dharma Teacher for the Buddhist Sangha at All Souls, NYC, where he leads a bi-weekly study group. He holds a B.A in French and English literature from Sarah Lawrence and an M.A. in Chinese Literature and an M.Phil. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.

He is a recipient of an NEA grant for his Chinese translations, and he is the translator of the soon-to-be-published The Need to be Gentle, a book by Master Shengyen about incorporating Chan into everyday life. He recently finished giving thirty lectures on the Lotus Sutra.