Cosmological Scroll, Rubin Museum: Geographic Origin Tibet Medium Pigments on cloth. This eight-panel, double-sided scroll presents diagrams exploring various aspects of the cosmos as described in the Buddhist text called the Wheel of Time (Kalachakra) Tantra. This tantra emphasizes the correlations between the outward appearances of the universe and the human body.
Best known/most respected Zen master in the world today, poet, and peace and human rights activist, Thich Nhat Hanh has led an extraordinary life; known for his prolific writings on meditation, mindfulness, and peace; published over 100 titles on meditation, mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism, as well as poems, children’s stories, and commentaries on ancient Buddhist texts; key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment.
Tenpa Namkha. Present at the Buddhist-Bonpo debates, he indicated that a realized one has no need to make any distinction between these teachings. Revered by Bonpos and initiated into Mantra by Padmasambhava, he meditated in woods and mountains until fully awakened. Able to tame wild beasts via mudra and collated many advanced texts, particularly those of the sems-de class of Dzogchen.
Juan Mascaró (December 8, 1897 – March 19, 1987): Spanish translator born in Majorca; responsible for one of the most popular English translations of the Hindu text Bhagavad Gita, some of major Upanishads; translated key Buddhist text, Dhammapada, into English from Pāli, published in 1973; first work, Lamps of Fire, was collection of religious/spiritual wisdom -- inspired Beatles song The Inner Light. Though his native tongue was Catalan, he translated into English.