About On the Vajra Footpath

 

Tinley Fynn, an art historian and interior consultant with an interest in contemporary Tibetan art, explores literature, arts, cultural practices, and events associated with Tibetan Buddhism.

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Interview with a Practitioner: “My Wish is to Become Truly Buddhist by the Time I Die”
In the early 1990s, when my family first moved to England from India, we settled in the city of Birmingham. Birmingham grew to prominence during the Industrial Revolution, and became home to Jaguar ca
Uploaded 15 May 2015
Haunting the Himalayas: Spirits, Demons, and Gods in Tibetan Buddhism
Whether by the titanic mountains of the Himalayan range or the weird, lonely, lunar expanse of the plateau itself, it is not unusual to feel overwhelmed by the natural landscape of Tibet. It is small
Uploaded 6 Feb 2015
Searching for Meaning in Tibetan Wrathful Imagery
Tibetan Vajrayana imagery, for the most part, illustrates fantastical literary texts by reflecting metaphor and symbolism. Notions of aesthetic achievement and the sense of beauty within this traditio
Uploaded 24 Oct 2014
HH Penor Rinpoche Remembered
Following the passing into parinirvana of the beloved master, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, on the evening of 27 March 2009, prayers for his swift rebirth were chanted by students around the world.
Uploaded 22 Aug 2014
Pin drop silence: a 21st-century Avalokiteshvara at the Met
The concept of a modern or contemporary Tibetan art is a relatively fresh phenomenon arising out of the second half of the 20th century. The work of artists like Tenzing Rigdol and Gonkar Gyatso recen
Uploaded 23 Jul 2014
One Hundred Million Blessings: Happy Saka Dawa!
To the uninitiated, Vajrayana’s ritualistic and esoteric appearance can make some observances seem heavy and difficult to comprehend. Tantric texts are laden with difficult religious vocabulary and in
Uploaded 21 May 2014
Gaze of a Guru: Celebrating the Teacher-Student Relationship
On the 10th day of every month of the Tibetan calender, Vajrayana Buddhists pay homage to Guru Padmasambhava (lotus-born), more popularly known as Guru Rinpoche. The day is observed by making offering
Uploaded 25 Apr 2014
“When a fly falls into a cup of tea”: ahimsa and life-preserving actions
It’s been several years since I read Heinrich Harrer’s classic, Seven Years in Tibet (1953).   Amidst Harrer’s dramatic journey through Tibet’s soaring mountain peaks, harrowing political landscape
Uploaded 19 Mar 2014
Meditating: the Art of Everydayness
Editor's note: “On the Vajra footpath with Tinley Fynn” is a column focusing on the principles of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism through the exploration of associated literature, arts, cultural practices
Uploaded 21 Jan 2014
Why Beauty Matters in Vajrayana Buddhism
Editor's note: “On the Vajra footpath with Tinley Fynn” is a column focusing on the principles of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism through the exploration of associated literature, arts, cu
Uploaded 13 Oct 2013
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