The Dunhuang Foundation presents An Evening with Peter Sellars
Internationally renowned theater, opera and festival director Peter Sellars (Nixon in China, The Marriage of Figaro, Girls of the Golden West) will appear for a one-night only engagement to discuss the significance of Dunhuang to his creative practice, and particularly to his Vimalakīrti Sutra Project.
The Vimalakīrti Sutra, a first-century allegorical text of Buddhist teachings, is the subject of multiple depictions at the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China, found in wall paintings and the objects recovered from Cave 17. Sellars, who has traveled to Dunhuang repeatedly to view these depictions in-situ, describes the Sutra as “a radical democratization of Buddhist practice” due to its focus on an enlightened layman, rather than a monk or deity. Throughout his discussion, he will illuminate its relevance both to tradition and our world today.