9/29/2008 Lama to sanctify Tibetan painting at Linfield
McMINNVILLE – A painting by Tibetan Buddhist artist Sonam Phuntsok will be sanctified during a special ceremony at Linfield College. The thangka painting, which Phuntsok has been creating in the front lobby of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library, will be sanctified by the Venerable Jigme Thrinley Rinpoche, a Buddhist lama, on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m. in the gallery of the James F. Miller Fine Art Center at Linfield. Lama, meaning teacher, is a title given to many different ranks of Tibetan Buddhist clergy. A reception will follow. The painting is a religious work with lines and colors dictated by Buddhist scripture. Phuntsok will continue work on the painting weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 6. Spectators are welcome. In addition to creating the painting, Phuntsok will meet with Linfield students and faculty in various classes. Phuntsok was born and raised in South India, home to the largest Tibetan refugee resettlement community in the world outside of Tibet. He was trained in Tibetan Buddhist practice from a young age under an uncle who is master of many arts such as chanting, butter sculpture, thangka painting, calligraphy, sand mandala and playing traditional Tibetan instruments. He has studied in France, Asia and India. In 2006, Phuntsok created one of the largest thangka paintings in the United States at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. That work, which measures 16 by 22 feet, will be on display at Linfield during the ceremony. His current work in Nicholson is on a smaller canvas. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517.