Thursday 3/30/2017: Talk by Prof Du Doucheng, "Features and New Discoveries of Buddhist Archaeology on the Silk Road in Gansu"

The Columbia University Buddhist Studies Seminar, the Center for Buddhism and East Asian Religion and the Columbia University Seminars would like to invite you to the following talk:

Features and New Discoveries of Buddhist Archaeology on the Silk Road in Gansu
“丝绸之路”甘肃段佛教考古特点与新发现

Prof. Du Doucheng 杜斗成 (Lanzhou University)

Thursday, March 30th, 2017, 5:00 PM

Columbia University, Faculty House

 

(The talk will be in Chinese, with English translation)

甘肃位于中国西部,是丝绸之路东段的咽喉要道。甘肃境内保存了众多的佛教文化遗产,主要有石窟寺、造像塔、造像碑等,以敦煌莫高窟为代表。甘肃西部的敦煌莫高窟被称为“绘画博物馆”,甘肃东南部的麦积山石窟被称为“东方雕塑博物馆”。甘肃境内大小石窟共计有几百处,现保留的重要石窟寺有四五十处,是中国保存石窟最多的省份。这些石窟年代最早的是十六国北朝时代,距今1600多左右,晚的到明清时期,经隋唐宋元明清,延续了一千六百多年。本次讲演的主要内容是介绍这些石窟寺的特点及近些年来的新发现。

Located in Northwestern China, Gansu is an important region that comprises much of the eastern reaches of the Silk Road. A large number of culturally important Buddhist sites are located there––including cave temples, stupas and steles––with the Mogao Caves at Dunhuang serving as the most well-known example. The Mogao Caves in western Gansu are known as the “Museum of Murals,” while the Maiji Mountain Caves in southeastern Gansu are referred to as the “Museum of Eastern Sculptures.” Boasting the largest number of caves in China, Gansu has hundreds of caves both large and small, with forty to fifty representing major cave temples. The earliest of these caves can be dated back to the Northern Dynasties, a period that occurred around 1600 years before today. The latest can be dated to the Ming and Qing dynasties. This talk introduces both the characteristic features of these caves as well as new discoveries made in recent years.

 

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http://facultyhouse.columbia.edu/files/facultyhouse/web/Faculty_House_Directions.pdf

Information about the Columbia University Buddhist Studies Seminar

http://universityseminars.columbia.edu/seminars/buddhist-studies/