Dunhuang Cave Art: Hidden Illumination in Dark Times and the Secret Ambrosia of Great Compassion

A Conversation with Peter Sellars and Robert Thurman

August 10, 2016

For more than twenty years theater and opera director Peter Sellars has been studying the Vimalakirti Sutra—a first-century allegorical text of Buddhist teachings, scenes of which are well-represented in the Dunhuang cave temples—and is collaborating with artists, composers, and Buddhist scholars to stage a full-scale production that is anticipated to premiere in 2020.

Sellars was joined by Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman for a conversation about Dunhuang and the Vimalakirti Sutra as sources of inspiration for artists and Sellars’ ambitious, forthcoming production. (Text from the Getty website).