India Meditation Night at Norton Simon Art Museum

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Norton Simon Museum of Art

411 W Colorado Blvd · Pasadena, CA

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Buddhist art and meditation? The Norton Simon has "A Night in Focus: India" ( Our resident artist, Darcey, will guide us for a second round of "art as meditation."

Join us for this enchanting evening exploring the museum’s Indian art collection full of Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, and Yogic pieces. Take an artful meditation tour of select works in the collection and learn tips on MEDITATION in a drop-in session in the Asian Sculpture Garden.

Enjoy the sounds of the tabla, tanpura, and flute in the galleries, or stop by the theater to see works come to life as dancers re-create the mudras and poses seen in sculptures from India.

Create a drum-inspired by the rhythmic movements in the sculptures, or challenge a friend to a game of Buddhist chess in the galleries and garden. Enjoy the flavors of India with special treats available for purchase in the Garden Café next to the lotus pond.

FREE with museum admission. Free parking in lot and on Colorado Bl. Public transportation options.

Tibetan Buddhist monks create sand mandalas then wipe them away. Nepalese artisans fashion gorgeous golden statues then sell them to tourists. Thai craftspeople carve wooden works only to see them drenched in rain. We'll do it the American way. The first human depictions of the Buddha were from Afghanistan (the site of the real Kapilavastu), merging East and West in ancient Grecian Bactria and Gandhara. We'll meditate on the Buddha through art. Former Buddhist nun and current hippie artist Darcey will guide us.