As invited by the Rubin Museum, His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang visited to observe the age old traditional arts and paintings of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism which were displayed at the Rubin Museum, USA from 24th April to. On 24th April His Holiness was received by Prof. David P. Jackson the author of “The Painting Tradition of the Drikung Kagyu School”, staff members of the Rubin Museum and some of the followers of Drikung Kagyu Lineage.
The staff members escorted His Holiness touring the exhibition of the Drikung Kagyu Arts, while Prof. Jackson explaining about the paintings and thankhas of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. His Holiness was amazed to see all this invaluable Drikung Arts which are still existing in good shape, especially the rare collection of Rubin Museum and the precious collection of private thankhas.
His Holiness said the Drikung Kagyu Lineage was once flourished every parts of Tibet and Himalayan region during the time of Lord Jigten Sumgon and was later decline especially during the cultural revolution in China and Tibet.
Now Holiness sees again the Drikung Kagyu Tradition is shining and its valuable arts are also appearing like a lights of hope and benefits. His Holiness enjoyed touring the exhibition for one hour, and then had tea with the members of Rubin Museum and Dr. David Jackson. His Holiness very much appreciated Dr. David Jackson for doing research and working hard for 20 years, especially on the Paintings of the Drikung Kagyu School and now come out into an invaluable book form. Holiness said this book will bring lots of help for the research students of the Drikung Kagyu School and also for the Tibetan Buddhism.