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MaMa Charitable Foundation

Visiting Professorship in Buddhist Studies

 

 

 
MaMa Charitable Foundation

Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies Lecture Series 2014/15

Buddhist Art in China
-- Transmission and Transformation

 

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Professor (Emeritus) Roderick Whitfield

Percival David Professor, Emeritus, SOAS, University of London

  

Professor Roderick Whitfield is Percival David Professor, Emeritus, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He studied with Cheng Te-k’un 鄭德坤 and Denis Twitchett at Cambridge, and with Wen Fong 方聞 and Shujirō Shimada 島田修二郎at Princeton. From 1968 to 1984 he was Assistant Keeper in the Department of Oriental Antiquities, The British Museum, and from 1984 onwards Professor of Chinese Art and Archaeology and Head of the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art. Currently he is a Fellow of the Palace Museum, Peking, and Fellow of the Dunhuang Academy. He has written extensively on Chinese art and on the Buddhist art of Dunhuang. With Professor Youngsook Pak, he has also written on Korean art. 

 

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Venue:

Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, HK


Conducted in EnglishAll are Welcomed
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Lecture 1

胡僧 Hu Seng: Foreign Monks

3-5 pm on April 12, 2015 (Sunday)

 

Buddhist images and narrative paintings played a vital part in the transmission of Buddhism to China and beyond, while undergoing considerable changes along the way. Buddhist sutras were translated into Chinese by teams of translators, sometimes even classified in terms of literary style, and Buddhist legends were rendered by means of bianwen 變文"altered narratives" and bianxiang 變相 "altered images". Visual evidence at Dunhuang and elsewhere remains to attest some of the activities of monks, and the creation and dissemination of images by moulds, stencils, and woodblock prints.

 

Lecture 2

飛來 Come Flying: How Buddhist images came to China

7-9 pm on April 17, 2015 (Friday)

 

On the one hand we can trace some of the practical ways in which Buddhist images may have reached East Asia, and how they changed character in the process. On the other, in some cases we find a more imaginative or romantic scenario: the expressions feilai, Come Flying and tengkong, Riding the Clouds suggest a supernatural transmission, even when, as at Feilaifeng (The Peak that Came Flying) close to the famous West Lake in Hangzhou, the images are patently carved right there from the solid granite of the cliff. For the majority, their iconography is not in doubt, yet, in between these two extremes, some images, whose character seems to imply their special importance, still remain unexplained.

 

Lecture 3

瑞像 Auspicious Images: Wang Xuance and Song Fazhi

3-5 pm on April 19, 2015 (Sunday)

 

The most tangible evidence of all comes from the records of two travellers to India. Returning to China after an absence of sixteen years, the monk Xuanzang brought not only the latest doctrines in the form of manuscripts to be translated into Chinese, but also seven images, all of them small enough to be portable: sadly, none of them have survived. His secular contemporary Wang Xuance, however, has fared better in this respect, although only snippets of his written account survive: on his second journey he was accompanied by Song Fazhi, an artist who made drawings of ruixiang, Auspicious Images. On their return to the Tang capital, Song Fazhi’s drawings were copied, and were the basis for one remarkable painting on silk, discovered in the Library cave at Dunhuang, which, although fragmentary, still features some sixteen images.

 

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MaMa Charitable Foundation
Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies Lecture Series 2013/14

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Venue:

CPD 3.28, 3/F, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, HK

 

Lecture 1

Buddhism: Bio-ethics and the Concept of Body

3-5 pm on Oct 19, 2013 (Saturday)

 

With the new advances in genetics, it is now possible to have intervention in the natural process. Creating a new body of ethics for these new procedures have both social and religious implications.

 

Lecture 2

Buddhism: Higgs Boson and the Search for Cause

3-5 pm on Oct 26, 2013 (Saturday)

 

Psychics has taken a major step forward in determining the causal chain of matter and antimatter. Causality remains difficult to determine and especially the definition of “First Cause”. Buddhism has taught that such an event cannot be discovered.

 

Lecture 3

Buddhism: What and Where is Consciousness

3-5 pm on Nov 2, 2013 (Saturday)

 

Consciousness studies have come to the fore with the advent of remote sensing of brain activity. Locating consciousness and defining it are still tasks to be explored. Can consciousness exist outside the Sensorium?

 

Conducted In EnglishAll are WelcomeRegistration is Not Required

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Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies Lecture Series 2012/13

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Video of the lectures

- Lecture 1 The Relevance of Morality: How Buddhism Sees it (Presentation slides:http://www.buddhism.hku.hk/images/btn_PDF.gif)

 

 

- Lecture 2 Pursuit of Happiness: The Buddhist Way (Presentation slides:http://www.buddhism.hku.hk/images/btn_PDF.gif)

 

 

- Lecture 3 Buddhism and the Issue of Religious Fundamentalism (Presentation slides:http://www.buddhism.hku.hk/images/btn_PDF.gif)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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