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

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)


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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