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Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Buddhism. An Exhibit at the Rubin Museum, New York, on Padamsambhava, also known as Second Buddha hurls Himalayan Poet Yuyutsu Sharma into action. Right there he starts working on a long poem inspired by the life and times of the Buddhist saint who in the 8th century visited Tibet via Nepal and converted 'Red-faced' Tibetans into Buddhists. Thus the Second Buddha motif emerges referring to Padmasambhava as the Second Buddha and represents the way in which past can become present. In another painting, the recognition of one of Padma's disciples, named Tangtong Gyelpo, is drawn as an iron chain in his right hand. By building across the Might Rivers, the disciple is said to have transformed the physical landscape of Tibet. Very much the Vedic hymns, Yuyutsu believes, that the ancient masters wrote and left in the caves for posterity, Padma's shining icons of time and space are treasures to be explored on a daily basis to heal the wounds wrought by nine-eyed demons in our routine lives.
Recipient of fellowships and grants from The Rockefeller Foundation, Ireland Literature Exchange, Trubar Foundation, Slovenia, The Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature and The Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature, Yuyutsu RD Sharma is an internationally acclaimed South Asian poet and translator. He has published nine poetry collections including, A BLIZZARD IN MY BONES: NEW YORK POEMS (Nirala, 2016), Quaking Cantos: Nepal Earthquake Poems (Nirala, 2016), Milarepa's Bones, 33 New Poems (Nirala, 2012), Photographs and Poetry on Annapurna, Everest, Helambu & Langtang (www.Nepal-Trilogy.de, Epsilonmedia, Karlsruhe, 2010), a 900-page book with renowned German photographer, Andreas Stimm, and more. He has translated and edited several anthologies of contemporary Nepali poetry in English and launched a literary movement, Kathya Kayakalpa (Content Metamorphosis) in Nepali poetry. Half the year, he travels and reads all over the world to read from his works and conducts creative writing workshops at various universities in North America and Europe but goes trekking in the Himalayas when back home.Author City: IND