Essay by Luke Foster
“Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.” Edward de Bono
Humor is the best way to teach a lesson as it lasts rather than a scary camp fire story or stern remark.
Perhaps the US government and the Whitney could commission Tibetan children to make five hundred drawings for the exhibition and get paid $2000 each and to be in a palatial coffee table art book with two drawings on each page. Perhaps a good Tibetan art teacher could help them with a theme and a limited palette and colour sharpie pens on Mont Marte a4 watercolour paper. With the drawings framed in white float mount box frames with a two centimetre border.
Perhaps the catalogue essay could be by a Tibetan scholar with Buddha quotes and Dalai Lama quotes and reference to Carl Jung’s Man and his Symbols. With images of the sculptures, mandalas and monks chanting.
Perhaps the exhibition could tour the world to art museums.
Have ninety percent of proceeds go to the Tibetan people. Charge thirty dollars per ticket for adults and fifteen for children and pensioners.
There could be a competition for the title of the exhibition by Tibetan children and the winner gets to meet Joe Biden at the opening and wins ten thousand dollars which is a lot of money in India.
“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Buddha
I am not a fat Buddha but a Buddha on a strict vegetarian diet trying to slim literally and metaphorically.
There could be a video installation at the exhibition in a projection room of the Dalai Lama explaining the spiritual meaning behind the sand mandalas and the importance of compassion and kindness.
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” Buddha
There could be a performance on opening night with the monks chanting playing singing bowls and the long trumpet things.
Perhaps there could be a second video projection room with the monks chanting for world peace in a temple at Mceold Gange.
There could be at least four sand mandalas on either large trestle tables or on the floor.
Have the Tibetan sculptors make at least ten gold buddha sculptures.
In glass vitrine cabinets ancient Buddha texts of profound spiritual Tibetan ideas.
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha
I am like a cat with fleas and the Dalai Lama delouses me with his wisdom when I share his wise quotes. You only need to have a few fleas and they keep coming back in droves. The fleas are a metaphor for problems.