Jotipālo plans to spend a couple years in retreat focusing on writing (painting) Buddhist icons. At the outset of this endeavor he thought it would be good to deepen his understanding of the theological and artistic tradition of Eastern Orthodox Christian icons. He felt that exploring this tradition in the company of a community of scholars doing research in the areas of religion and culture, and also being in close contact with a university and a Benedictine monastery, was an ideal way to start his retreat.
Friday, April 12 3:30 – 7:30pm
Butler Center, Collegeville Institute
3:30 – 4:30pm (Conversation) and 6:00pm (Gallery Talk)
hors d’oeuvres and refreshments provided
Jotipālo Bhikkhu is a Buddhist monk, starting his training at the Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery in Redwood Valley, CA in June 1998. As a monk, he has lived in Thailand, Canada, New Zealand as well as several monasteries in the USA. Prior to ordination, he lived for one year at a Hindu ashram and one year at the Insight Meditation Society, both in Massachusetts. Jotipālo is a graduate of Wabash College where he majored in Art and Classics. During his year-long residency at the Collegeville Institute, Jotipālo is working on a project titled “What can Buddhist Artistic Traditions Learn from Christian Iconography.”