Symbolizing the Awakened Heart: Buddhist Visual Literacy - Nalandabodhi Seattle

Symbolizing the Awakened Heart: Buddhist Visual Literacy

Join our online four-lecture series exploring the imagery of Buddhism, and expand your understanding beyond the limits of culture and history.

How do the forms we create reflect the structure of our mind?

What can we learn from this?

How can an image communicate complex meaning inexpressible through words?

How do visualizations transmit meaning?

How are various images interrelated?



These questions and many others will be explored in a series of interactive lectures taught by Stephanie Johnston.

  • The Basics of Buddhist Visual Literacy     June 18
  • Representing Buddha: What Does Awake Look Like?     July 2
  • Exploring the Imagery of Araya Tara     Aug. 6
  • Using Imagery and Visualization as a Support     Aug. 20

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Stephanie Johnston

Stephanie Johnston has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner since 1985 and a student of Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche’s since 1996. She is a faculty member of Nitartha Institute. As a graphic designer and avid practitioner, she trains and supports practice instructors for Nalandabodhi under the guidance of Ponlop Rinpoche and works with Nitartha International’s art collection. She graduated from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1986 with degrees in studio painting and art history.

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