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Submitted by Lisa Morrison
Director of Marketing and Media TMBCC


The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center is nestled between 108 acres of beautiful wooded land in the rolling hills of South Central Indiana. Now attracting a growing number of international and regional travelers each year, the TMBCC continues to develop new cultural events and programs that provide crucial educational opportunities. On May 28, 2011, BloomingtonKatmandu, in its inaugural year, will debut at the center. BloomingtonKatmandu is an association of visual artists and performing musicians whose works reflect the impermanency and mobility that characterize post modern life on the planet Earth.

BloomingtonKatmandu, foremost among several current TMBCC projects, fulfills the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, when he dedicated the Kumbum Chamtse Ling, in 2003, as a temple to promote interfaith peace and harmony. Toward that end, the TMBCC strives to be a sanctuary not just for the religiously inclined, but for spirituals, seculars, pagans, atheists and agnostics alike. It has since become a hub for artistic and cultural events of interest to people of all backgrounds and faiths.

Artist Filiz Cicek serves as curator for the BloomingtonKatmandu exhibit, which will continue through the month of June, at the Chamtse Ling Temple. Local, international, exilic and nomadic artists are asked to choose or create works of art that best represent the place, the person and/or the object that they call "home." The exhibit will travel in the coming year to various locations throughout the U.S.

Area residents are invited to attend the BloomingtonKatmandu gallery exhibit, which is open to the public free of charge. BloomingtonKatmandu musicians will perform daily and many of the artists will be present to discuss their work. For more information, contact the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center at 812-336-6807. Log on to www.bloomingtonkatmandu.com for updated listing of participating artists and musicians.

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