Śākyamuni Buddha: A Story Exhibition

Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday - Sunday, by appointment
DRBU University Building, Second Floor [Map]
Free and open to the public

The exhibition opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 16, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

The Dharma Realm Buddhist University Arts Initiative presents Śākyamuni Buddha: A Story, the exhibition of a series of ceramic reliefs by artist Lorraine Susan Capparell. Providing a fresh and inviting iteration on the life of Śākyamuni Buddha, these visual and tactile depictions reach beyond the confines of their respective frames, drawing the viewer into their world. Joining with other artists of the past, present, and future, Ms. Capparell animates anew the events that have inspired countless devotees throughout the centuries.

The ceramic reliefs are based on ink washes rendered for Ethics of Enlightenment, Essays and Sermons in Search for a Buddhist Ethic by Ronald Y. Nakasone. The ink washes are reproduced in the pamphlet that accompanies the exhibition, and the original artwork is housed at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple. Professor Nakasone has edited the narrative of the life of the Buddha for the exhibition pamphlet.

We invite you to enter into the life of Śākyamuni Buddha.

Lorraine Capparell

Lorraine Capparell is an accomplished artist, recognized for her work as a painter, sculptor and photographer since 1975. She divides her time between creating visionary sculptural pieces and richly colorful paintings and watercolors that communicate her unique focus on life. Her work has been shown internationally and is in the collections of the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, Apple, the Theo Jung Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Zen Center, Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, CA, and Barclay Fields in Woodside, CA.

Capparell creates art every day, working with themes that reflect daily life while incorporating secrets and surprises that invoke the viewer to discover and think of the world in a new way. She works in bronze and ceramic sculpture, large-scale watercolors, monotype prints, and creates daily watercolor paintings.

Ronald Y. Nakasone

Ronald Y. Nakasone is a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where he lectures on Buddhist thought and aesthetics. Professor Nakasone has produced scholarly publications on Buddhist doctrine, ethics, aesthetics, aging and spirituality, and Ryūkyūan (Okinawan) Studies. He is an ordained Jōdo Shinshū (Pure Land) cleric and a sho (calligraphy) artist.

Born and raised in Hawai‘i, he studied at University of Hawai‘i, Ryūkoku University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received special recognition from the Thai Royal family for contributions to Buddhist studies in 2008 and was the recipient of the 2011 Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate Theological Union.

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