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Phillip E. Bloom: “Born in the Latter Days of the Dharma: Ecology and Eternity in a Song-Dynasty Buddhist Monastery”

February 8, 2018 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
STANFORD HUMANITIES CENTER, LEVINTHAL HALL

Free and open to public

Abstract:

What are the spatial and temporal environments of a Chinese Buddhist monastery? What place does nature hold therein? To answer these questions, this talk will examine Shizhuanshan (Dazu County, Chongqing Municipality), a hilltop sanctuary in southwestern China constructed by a wealthy layman in the late eleventh century. It will argue that at Shizhuanshan, architecture, image, and text work together to transform the natural environment itself into a site for the eternal performance of Buddhist ritual.

Bio:

Phillip E. Bloom is the Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies and the Curator of the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA.

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

This event belongs to the following series