International Humanitarian to Present Free Tibetan Art and History Event for Community at FVCC

Flathead Valley Community College will welcome Tibetan Monk Lama Paljor from Sikkim, India, for a free presentation on Tibetan art and history he will present for the community November 3.

The event is sponsored by the Tibetan Children’s Educational Foundation, a United States based non-profit organization.  The Foundation’s tours operate on the twin goals of helping to preserve Tibetan culture by spreading awareness throughout the United States and to gather support to educate Tibetan children in exile.

Paljor has been recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet for his humanitarian work to educate the underserved children who live in poverty in the Sikkim Himalayan region. The Sukhavati Educational Hostel was funded and constructed as a result of Paljor’s efforts.  The Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation supports his work through an educational sponsorship program founded to educate Americans of the great need in Sikkim.

During his presentation, Paljor will present a traditional Tibetan butter sculpture demonstration.  Monk artists have practiced this art form for 400 years using butter and dyes to create beautiful images, such as flowers, animals and deities.  Their creations are given to the Buddhas with the hopes of producing a collective positive karma of peace and harmony to overcome existing negative events throughout the world.

In addition to Paljor’s presentation, a limited collection of Tibetan Thangka Art, including paintings by world-renowned artist Tseten Dorje, will be on exhibit. Also on display will be a collection of rare historical photos that capture some of the most dramatic moments from the recent history of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet and the Tibetan people.  Throughout the event, Paljor and the Tibetan Children’s Educational Foundation staff will be available to offer explanations and comments on the pieces featured in the exhibit.

Open to the public, the event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the large community meeting room inside the Arts and Technology Building on the college’s Kalispell campus.

For more information, contact Mick Stemborski at 756-3945 or at mstembor@fvcc.edu.

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