Transforming Minds

This exhibition celebrates Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche and Allen Ginsberg's relationship through the lens of Ginsberg's camera. Curated by Peter Hale and Ben Chatag.

Tibet House US, the Allen Ginsberg Estate and Jewel Heart International are delighted to partner on this exhibition of unique images by the celebrated visionary and poet Allen Ginsberg. 

The exhibit will be on display at the Tibet House Gallery (22 West 15th Street, New York, NY) as well as through a Virtual Tour from September 21, 2021 – February 14, 2022, with more details and special events to be announced in the coming weeks. Click for onsite tickets.

Onsite Exhibit Days and Times: Now through February 14, 2022 on Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00am - 1:00pm, and 2:00 - 4:00pm Eastern Time

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Also, watch below for additional supporting videos coming soon.


ALL NEW VIRTUAL TOUR of the Transforming Minds Exhibit!

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Video from Transforming Minds exhibit

Teaser video from Transforming Minds exhibit


Purchase Limited Edition Estate Prints

Each Estate authenticated limited edition print is signed and stamped. These prints are made by John T. Hill from a scanned negative, and each hand captioned print is a copy print scanned from an original in a private collection. Only 25 prints available from each series.

Proceeds of all sales go towards supporting the efforts of the three co sponsoring organizations of the exhibition Transforming Minds - Tibet House US, Jewel Heart International and The Allen Ginsberg Estate.

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Get the Limited Edition Gelek Rimpoche Poster

Money raised from the sale of this item will benefit the non-profit organizations Jewel Heart International, Tibet House and the Allen Ginsberg Estate.

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Get the Limited Edition Allen Ginsberg Doodle T-shirt

Proceeds of all sales go towards supporting the efforts of the three co-sponsoring organizations of the exhibition Transforming Minds - Tibet House US, Jewel Heart International and The Allen Ginsberg Estate.

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In 1989, Allen Ginsberg’s close friend, Philip Glass, a student of Rimpoche, brought Ginsberg to Michigan to perform a benefit concert for Jewel Heart. From that first meeting and until Ginsberg’s death in 1997, Rimpoche was his Tibetan Buddhist teacher and friend. Ginsberg, was also, in many ways, Rimpoche’s teacher — a consultant in matters involving the English language and the more puzzling facts of Western culture. The two formed an indissoluble bond.

Allen Ginsberg’s friends, peers and teachers are subjects in all of his photographic images highlighting and documenting his life,  as is the case in this exhibition, focusing on his life with Gelek Rimpoche and friends, many of whom they shared. Images in the show include HH the Dalai Lama, Philip Glass, Patti Smith, Francesco Clemente, Robert Thurman and others, and exemplify the transformational nature of this time in US history.


Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), best known as one of the most influential poets of the 20th Century, is also recognized for his photography, intimately capturing friendships from the birth of the Beat Generation through the countercultural, cultural, and literary circles he helped inspire. Ginsberg’s lifelong spiritual quest, beginning early on with visionary experiences involving the 19th century English mystic and poet, William Blake, ultimately evolved into a deep commitment to and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in the final decades of his life.

Gelek Rimpoche (1938-2017) was one of the last Tibetan Buddhist lamas educated in Tibet and is considered to be one of the great Tibetan Buddhist teachers of the 20th and 21st Centuries. He fled Tibet in 1959, and in the late 1970s began teaching Westerners in Northern India. By the late 1980s he had moved to the United States, and in 1988 established Jewel Heart here, having already opened Jewel Heart centers in Europe and in Asia. He remains particularly known for his thorough knowledge of English, his familiarity with modern culture, and his effectiveness in teaching Westerners Tibetan Buddhism.

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