SUN, JAN 29TH, 2017, 2.00PM - 4.00PM

In conjunction with our current exhibit PILGRIMAGE, featuring the work of filmmaker james dean conklin and photographer Nancy Jo Johnson, Square Peg Gallery in Hastings-on-Hudson is hosting a guided meditation and talk on the subject of Pilgrimage by Tibetan Buddhist monk, Khenpo Pema Wangdak.

Khenpo Pema is a highly regarded Buddhist teacher and a recipient of the distinguished “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” for humanitarianism. He has been guiding western students of Buddhism  for over 30 years, teaching extensively at Dharma centers around the world.

Born in Tibet and raised in India, Khenpo Pema was sent to New York in 1982 as the first of the younger generation of Tibetan teachers in America from the Sakya School. In 1989 he founded the Vikramasila Foundation, encompassing the Palden Sakya Centers in New York City, Woodstock, NY, Philmont, NY, Englewood, NJ, Springfield, VT, and Dayton OH. The Palden Sakya Centers offer courses in Tibetan Buddhist studies and meditation. He is the creator of the Tibetan braille system known as "Bur Yig" and the founder of three schools, in India, Nepal and New York City. The Pema Ts’al School in New York City provides a traditional Buddhist education of monastic training and study  in the format of Western university teaching.

Khenpo Pema was recognized with the title of "Khenpo" by His Holiness Sakya Trizin in 2007. In 2009 he was the first Tibetan ever to receive the distinguished “Ellis Island Medal of Honor”, awarded to him by the National Ethical Coalition of Organizations for his humanitarian work around the world.

Khenpo Pema’s command of the English language and familiarity with western culture, along with his wisdom and compassion, make him an outstanding role model and teacher in today’s world.





A multi-media installation featuring the work of james dean conklin and Nancy Jo Johnson



Pilgrimage: A Journey Through the Life of the Buddha

“Themes of interconnectedness, impermanence and the elimination of suffering, all found throughout Buddhism, are expressed through video, sound and photography.  Over a period of three years I documented. This exhibition, featuring the forthcoming documentary film, Go Without Fear, shares the mindful, interconnected journey of Zen monk Maarten Olthof’s pilgrimage along the life path of the Buddha in Nepal and India”.      

james dean conklin, filmmaker, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY  


Pilgrimage: Nourishing the Spirit

“In the Himalaya and on the Tibetan Plateau, one is confronted in a profound way with the enigmatic nature of being alive. This mystifying experience lies somewhere between one's incessant preoccupation with the extreme physical discomforts of survival and the local belief systems that promote the idea that all things are, by their nature, empty”.

Nancy Jo Johnson, photographer, Yonkers, NY.