Seeing the Sacred in Samsara: Lecture with Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

Renowned Professor of Buddhist Studies at the University of Michigan, Donald S. Lopez, Jr. will discuss his new book, Seeing the Sacred in Samsara. This fascinating art book features full-color, full-scale paintings of each of the 84 Indian mahasiddhas, which are tantric Buddhist saints known for their supernatural powers, esoteric iconography, and their often wild, seemingly transgressive behaviors.

Lopez will offer historical, aesthetic, and religious insights, giving a sense of the nuanced narratives and themes illustrated in the paintings. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies and Chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. He specializes in late Indian Mahayana Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism and is the author of numerous books, including A Study of SvatantrikaThe Madman’s Middle Way, and Prisoners of Shangri-La.


In partnership with Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures.