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Lothar Ledderose: "Writing on Mountains to Save the World"

March 2, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
HARTLEY CONFERENCE CENTER, MITCHELL EARTH SCIENCE BUILDING

Free and open to the public

Evans-Wentz Lecture

TALK SUMMARY

In the sixth century Buddhist monks in present-day Shandong engraved Buddha names and excerpts from Sutra texts onto rocky cliffs under the open sky. This is a unique phenomenon in China, and perhaps in the world. With their land art the monks created a realm of the Buddha.

The lecture will explore, how the stone inscriptions were used in meditation, how with these inscriptions holy sites were transferred from India and recreated on the Chinese mountains, and how colophons guided the thoughts of the faithful and established a politico-religious context.

 

SPEAKER BIO 

Lothar Ledderose is Senior Professor of East Asian art history at Heidelberg University and member of the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften. His books include Mi Fu and the Classical Tradition of Chinese Calligraphy, 1979 (Chinese translation, 2008), and Ten Thousand Things. Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art, 2000 (Chinese translation, 2005). He is presently directing a research project on the Buddhist Stone Sutras in China. In 2005 he was awarded the Balzan Prize.

Contact Phone: 
650.721.6609
Event Sponsor: 
Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford, Department of Religious Studies
Contact Email: 
tanya@stanford.edu

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