Juhyung Rhi: "Images at the Threshold: Reading Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in Early Indian Buddhist Art"
Buddhas and bodhisattvas are principal divinities represented as visual icons in early Indian Buddhism. They present complex or sometime perplexing problems in their nature, identify and function. This talk will explore some of such problems in focusing on the initial notion of the bodhisattva in early Indian Buddhism and its lasting impact in the later development of the visual tradition.
Juhyung Rhi obtained a PhD in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught in the department of Archaeology and Art History at Seoul National University since 1992. He has written extensively on Buddhist art traditions of early India (especially Gandhāra) and Korea, including several books in Korean on Gandhāra, Afghanistan, and East Asian pilgrims to India.