Open House - Himalayan Work Dreams: Monasteries, Sacred Art and Rabid Dogs.
with Ann Shaftel
April 24 / 7:00 PM - April 24 / 9:00 PM
Open House is a weekly introduction to the Shambhala Buddhist journey and community. It offers a short talk and open discussion led by a senior practitioner in the Shambhala community and is open to all, free of charge. This week: Himalayan Work Dreams: Monasteries, Sacred Art and Rabid Dogs, with Ann Shaftel.
Meditation Instruction, Main Shrine room
Meditation, Tiger room
Shambhala Sadhana (to participants meeting the prerequisites), Snow Lion room
Talk and discussion
Ann Shaftel met HHKarmapa, and HE Khamtrul Rinpoche in 1970 in India, and first saw Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1972. The Karmapa told her that “Your dharma work for this lifetime” is preservation Buddhist Art. Then, Trungpa Rinpoche told her to go to graduate school and stay there until she had the highest credentials in the Art Conservation profession. Ann is a Fellow of the International Institute of Conservation, a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation, a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators and member of ICOM. She holds an MS degree in Art Conservation, an MA degree in Art History The University of Michigan.
Ann’s clients include museums, governments, universities, and churches worldwide, including: Yale University, Art Institute of Chicago, American Museum of Natural History, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Field Museum, Rubin Museum of Art, University of Michigan Museum, University of Pennsylvania Museum, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, National Gallery of Victoria, University of Melbourne, Royal Ontario Museum, Canadian Department of National Defense, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Heritage Canada, Nova Scotia Archives, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Tibet House Delhi, Namgyal Institute Gangtok, Mindrolling Monastery, Rumtek Monastery, Zhilukha Anim Dratshang, Singchen Ugyen Chondzong Anim Dratshang and other monasteries and nunneries in the Himalayan region, National Museum of Nepal, London Buddhist Society, Hong Kong Central Conservation Center, and others.
Ann has trained in thangka painting; she documents traditional and non- traditional thangka techniques, and she has interviewed thangka painting masters for many years.
Ann conducts education workshops in Conservation, especially in the preservation of tangible culture, and she performs museum site assessments around the world. Ann has traveled and worked in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Ann specializes in presenting complex material in an accessible manner. As Preservation Expert on CBC Maritime Noon for six years, and Columnist for the Chronicle Herald newspaper for four years, and with numerous TV appearances, Ann enjoys working with the media for conservation outreach. Her numerous published articles appear in professional journals including Journal of Art Crime, and she has lectured internationally on this topic.