Vidyaloke is an effort by Vana Foundation to revive the Buddha’s wisdom in contemporary India through talks and teachings with revered scholars from all walks of life. The driving belief is that contemporary India has lost touch with the Buddha’s wisdom, that is respected and has flourished in several Asian countries.
This event focused on Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche’s understanding of the Vimalakirti Sutra, which speaks of ‘non-duality’. ‘There’ and ‘not there’, ‘existence’ and ‘non-existence’ happen at the same time. Using the metaphor of a wise person looking at the reflection of the moon in water and its distorted portrayal, we decided to use glitch or distortion as the visual language.
Spatial distortion using layers of fabric with illustrations laid the base for our design language.
The event consisted of a private teaching on the Vimilakirti sutra, a Vimilakirti character costume party and a public talk on the lotus sutra.