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Gallery Talk: Looking for Shangri-La

The Wheel of Time, Pure Lands, and the West

Friday, April 30, 2010
8:30 PM–9:30 PM

Discover the secret history of Shambhala through one of the museum’s newest acquisitions, a Buddhist cosmological scroll from sixteenth century Tibet. Once mistranslated as Shangri-La, Shambhala is said to be an enlightened land hidden in the remote mountains in the north of Tibet. Explore the mysterious influence Shambhala has had, from the early twentieth century through modern contemplative movements in the West.