Organisers


Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation

City Kraków

A global non-profit organization based in Germany. It coordinates cultural and scientific events, and supports the secular centres of the Diamond Way, promoting timeless Buddhist values and enabling the people of Western countries to access the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism.

Stupa House Foundation

Public Benefit Institution active in Poland since 2001. Its goal is to make it possible for everyone to access the vast richness of Tibetan culture based on the deeply humanistic teachings given by the Historical Buddha Sakyamuni over 2500 years ago.

Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology

Created on the initiative of Andrzej Wajda and opened in 1994 as the Manggha Centre of Japanese Art and Technology, was a branch of the National Museum in Krakow for ten years. In 2005, the Decision of the Minister of Culture granted the Manggha autonomy, changing its status to that of a state cultural institution, and since 2007 it has operated as a museum. Ever since its inception, the Manggha Museum has combined the functions of a museum and an active cultural centre, disseminating knowledge about Japan and the Far East.

Curators of the Exhibition


Manfred Seegers

Manfred Seegers, M. Phil, is a PhD candidate at the Department of Indian and Tibetan Studies, Asia-Africa Institute, University of Hamburg. From 1990-2000, he studied and taught at KIBI (Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, New Delhi, India). He has a Master of Philosophy degree in Religious Studies from the University of Kent. He has authored three books: “Buddhist Terms”, “Knowledge on Meditation”, “Aspects of Timeless Wisdom”, which have been translated into several languages. He co-authored the exhibition catalogue “Space and Bliss: Buddhist statues and ritual implements”. Manfred Seegers travels and teaches Buddhism in Europe and abroad. Since 2001, he has supported the Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation as co-curator for Buddhist art exhibitions.

Eva Seegers

Dr. Eva Seegers studied Art History and Religious Studies and is an expert in Buddhist monuments (Stupas). She studied Museum Management at the University of Hamburg/ Germany and has worked in the field of preservation and conservation of art and artefacts in her own studio for more than 10 years. The focus of her current work lies in Buddhist art in all its expressions, with a special focus on Tibetan art and architecture. Since 2006, she has supported the Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation as co-curator for Buddhist art exhibitions

Stefanie Karrasch

Stefanie Karrasch, M.A., studied chemistry in Brunswick/ Germany and works as a lab manager. For 12 years, she has been studying the art of Buddhist statue filling with authentic Buddhist masters of the Karma Kagyü tradition. By giving courses throughout Europe, she introduces Western Buddhist practitioners to this tradition. With her practical experience in the handling and restoring of Buddhist statues, she supports the Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation in the set up and the arrangement of the exhibitions. The Krakow exhibition will be their thirty-first exhibition.

Credits


Origin of exhibits

Our unique exhibition consists of exhibits compiled from collections in hands of private donors and Diamond Way Buddhist centres.

We thank:

To all who gave us their statues, thangkas and ritual implements for this exhibition: private donors and Karma Kagyu Lineage Diamond Way Buddhist centres in Poland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland.

Curators and the Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation and Stupa House Foundation exhibition teams.

Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology for fruitful cooperation.

Lama Ole Nydahl and all the friends whose participation made this exhibition possible.