miércoles, 19 de abril de 2017

UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies

Dear UCLA Center for Buddhist Studies Listserv Members:

We hope you can join us for these two upcoming events.

With best wishes, 

CBS Staff 

Through the Eyes of Another: Visions of Arhats in Song-Dynasty China

Talk by Phillip E. Bloom, Indiana University, Bloomington

Through the Eyes of Another: Visions of Arhats in Song-Dynasty China
Thursday, April 20, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Bunche 10383

Crafted between 1178 and 1188 for ritual use in a small temple near Ningbo, the one hundred hanging scrolls of the Five Hundred Arhats (Daitokuji, Kyoto, Japan) possess a striking peculiarity: more often than not, the set’s eponymous semi-divine monks are simply shown gazing. They gaze at natural wonders, they gaze at supernatural feats performed by their peers, they gaze at episodes from the mytho-history of Buddhism, and most importantly, they gaze even at paintings. How are we to understand these scrolls’ insistence on acts of viewing, and how might Song worshippers have responded? Through their practice of gazing, do these arhats merely model for us how we ought to look, or are other motivations at work? To make sense of the multiple forms of spectatorial engagement facilitated by these scrolls, this presentation will bring them into dialogue with contemporaneous poems that describe imaginative acts of entering painted worlds and with liturgies that prescribe the performative inhabitation of other subject positions. Drawing on such texts, I shall argue that the Five Hundred Arhats and other works of Song Buddhist art seek to create possibilities for intersubjective experience—for viewing the world through the eyes of an awakened other. 

Phillip E. Bloom is Assistant Professor of East Asian Art History in the Department of Art History at Indiana University, Bloomington. He specializes in the history of Song-dynasty Buddhist art and ritual. His work has recently appeared in The Art Bulletin and Ars Buddhica (Bukkyō geijutsu), and he is currently completing a book manuscript, tentatively titled Nebulous Intersections: Ritual and Representation in Chinese Buddhist Art, ca. 1178.

And a very special one-day conference 

The Indian Roots of Global Buddhism

A one-day conference on the Indian origins of Buddhism.
Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Haines A39

Program, Indian Roots of Global Buddhism, UCLA Saturday April 29 2017:

10:00 Welcome Remarks (Monica L. Smith, Professor, UCLA Department of Anthropology and Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Navin and Pratima Doshi Chair in Indian Studies)

10:10 Religious Studies at UCLA (Carol Bakhos, Professor, UCLA Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures; Director, UCLA Center for the Study of Religion
10:20 Buddhist Scholarship In Los Angeles (Robert Brown, Professor, UCLA Department of Art History; Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art).

10:30 Robin A.E. Coningham (Professor and UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage, Durham University)

“Archaeology, Pilgrimage and Tradition: Excavating Lumbini and the Natal Landscape of the Buddha”

11:15 Jason Neelis (Associate Professor, Department of Religion and Culture, Wilfred Laurier University)
“Endangered Signposts of Buddhist Transmission: Upper Indus Petroglyphs and Inscriptions"

12:00-1:15: Lunch

1:15 Robert D. DeCaroli (Professor, Department of History and Art History, George Mason University)

“Snakes and Gutters: Buddhist Rainmaking in Art and Text"

2:00 Shahnaj Husne Jahan (Professor and Director of the Center for Archaeological Studies, University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh)

“Re-visioning the Buddhist Landscape of Bangladesh”

2:45 Hannah Bloch (Digital Editor, National Public Radio) 

“On the Journalistic Trail of Buddhist Heritage in Afghanistan: The Case of Mes Aynak”

3:30 M.B. Rajani (Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore)

“Buddhist sites in India: Geospatial Insights Into Their Past and Future”

4:15 Ross Davison (Production Lead, CyArk.org)

“Utilizing Reality Capture Technology for Rapid Damage Assessment: Recent Research on Buddhist Myanmar” 

5:00 Closing Remarks (Gregory Schopen, Professor, UCLA Asian Languages and Cultures) 

5:15 - 6:30 Reception