Friday, November 4, 2022
In-person at Tibet House US
Join us for the opening reception of Sarasvati’s Gift: The Art & Life of a Modern Buddhist Revolutionary, an exhibition of work by renowned artist Mayumi Oda on view at Tibet House US Gallery through February 10, 2023. She will be joined by special guest Robert A.F. Thurman, President of Tibet House.
Known as the “Matisse of Japan,” Mayumi Oda is a painter, environmental activist, and Buddhist practitioner whose life reflects both the brilliance and shadows of modernity. Sarasvati’s Gift explores her tremendous artistic talent and inspiration drawn from her Buddhist practice and her commitment to healing the planet.
“Sarasvati’s Gift, Mayumi Oda’s great gift—how wonderful to receive it in this beautiful, heartfelt, honest book. Sarasvati, the goddess of art, the Lady of the River of Beauty, is the cleansing divine flow of the waters of truth and beauty, and she emanates to heal and cleanse our stressed-out lives on our stricken planet through the undaunted art and golden heart of Mayumi Oda.”
— Robert A.F. Thurman
Signed copies of Sarasvati’s Gift: The Autobiography of Mayumi Oda—Artist, Activist, and Modern Buddhist Revolutionary (Shambhala, 2020) will be available at the event.
“Sarasvati has been my guardian goddess since childhood. All my life, I’ve called on Sarasvati for guidance, protection, and inspiration. She is the Hindu goddess of music, art, and wisdom, and she’s mentioned in the Rig Veda around 1500 B.C.E. One morning in the early 1990s, as I sat in meditation in front of the statue of Goddess Sarasvati at my home north of San Francisco, I heard her say in a loud voice, ‘Stop the plutonium shipment!’ I was stunned. I took a breath and said, ‘I can’t do that. I’m only an artist,’ and she answered, ‘Help will be provided.’
This book is dedicated to all women warriors and to my godchildren, Tajha Sophia Chappellet Lanier and Angus Galen McCleary, both born in October 1992—when I became fully engaged in creating a path toward peace, justice, and compassion.”
— Mayumi Oda