Center for Faculty Innovation

Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Musical Interpretation for Meditation

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Location:  Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art 

Lunch 12-12:30, set up in courtyard outside the gallery.


Faculty saxophonist David Pope performs an original work for wood flutes, small hand percussion, and saxophones.  Inspired by a meditation on the Tibetan way of dying, the piece consists of a series of short musical episodes depicting the dissolution of physical being into pure consciousness - the Mind of Clear Light.  Following the performance, there will be time for questions, dialogue, and reflection.

Participants may observe the performance like a concert, or join in  group meditation.  David will discuss his scholarly process of inter-textual creative interpretation--creating music out of words.  Faculty interested in exploring interfaith ideas on death and dying and meditation in general should attend.  

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Examining how abstract ideas are transformed into contemplative musical compositions,
  • Exploring interfaith ideas around the spirituality of death and dying , and
  • Exploring issues surrounding meditation and improvisation.

Faculty participants will make progress toward this scholarship outcome:

  • Appreciating the diverse forms, purposes, and communication modes of scholarship in higher education.

Facilitator:  David Pope, Master of Music, School of Music

Partner:  Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art

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