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Fri, Feb 09


MQ Academy | CHF 22

Reviving Sacred Art - Documentary Premiere

Embark on a journey into the heart of Tibetan sacred art with our upcoming documentary film, " Tsurphu - The Giant Appliqués”. Join artists and filmmaker Terris Temple and Leslie Nguyen as they unveil the profound story behind the restoration of giant silk applique hangings, known as Thangka Art.

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Reviving Sacred Art - Documentary Premiere
Reviving Sacred Art - Documentary Premiere

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Feb 09, 2024, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM GMT+1

MQ Academy | CHF 22, Schaffhauserstrasse 78, Room 108, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland



Each great monastery in Tibet once possessed giant silk applique hangings for public display and worship. These often huge banners comprise some of Tibet's greatest art treasures because of their spiritual significance, size and intricate design. Some survived the cultural revolution - most did not.

Discover the rich history of Tsurphu Monastery, dating back to 1187, and its significance as the traditional seat of the Karmapas. Learn about the devastation of the cultural revolution that led to the destruction of Tsurphu's giant banners and the incredible revival initiated by the 17th Karmapa, Urgyen Drodul Thinley Dorje. Witness the making of a 23x35 meter silk/brocade appliqué banner of Buddha Sakyamuni, marking the revival of a tradition dormant for 36 years. Explore the intricate design, spiritual significance, and collaborative efforts of Tibetan and Western artists between 1992-1994. Watch the documentary trailer.

Get a glimpse into the making of the documentary film, featuring rare footage, interviews with H.H. the 17th Karmapa, the artists, tailors and seamstresses, and Lamas involved. Witness the unveiling of the giant Thangkas during the annual ceremonies at Tsurphu Monastery.

Limited to 33 seats; reserve early! 

<We will also have a full-day workshop on Foundation of Tibet Art on Saturday, Feb 10; do join us there to learn more from Terris and Leslie directly  >


In this premier, you will:

  • Witness the restoration of the Tibetan sacred art form
  • Learn about the first western Thangka artist’s journey in Tibet
  • Be inspired by and connect with your own inner wisdom


18:30 – 18:45 – Mindful Arrival

18:45 – 20:45 – Documentary Premiere & Panel Discussions on Tibetan Art and Personal Practices

20:45 – 21:00+ – Networking & Departure


Terris Temple was the first Westerner to study Tibetan thangka painting in Nepal in the early 1960s. Having studied with some great masters in these early days, he taught thangka painting over the years in the US and developed his own fine art depicting the natural world based on these traditional techniques and methods.

Leslie Nguyen Temple trained in art therapy and mental health, studied with Terris in the early 1990s, has been creating textile applique thangkas ever since, and has been teaching mindful yoga for over 20 years.

HH Karmapa requested both artists to recreate the lost giant silk appliqué thangkas for Tsurphu monastery in Tibet from 1992-1997.


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    The Giant Thangkas of Tsurphu Monastery - Documentary premiere

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