2018/9/8 | 10:00 – 11:30Speaker: Professor Ku Cheng-meiVenue: HKBU Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology (Level 7, Shaw Tower)Language: Mandarin
Biography: Professor Ku Cheng-mei obtained her doctoral degree at University of Wisconsin with a special interest on the interrelation of Mahayana Buddhism and Buddhist statue making in Asia. She is the author of the Kushan Buddhist Political Tradition and Mahayana Buddhism (1993) and From the Devaraja Tradition to the Buddharaja Tradition: Studies on the Buddhist Political Ideology Implemented in Medieval China (2003). Professor Ku also edited Buddhism and Buddhist Art of the Tang (2006). Her book-length study of Zhang Shengwen’s (fl. 1163–1189) Kingdom of Dali Buddhist Volume of Paintings is forthcoming. Her recent and pending publications include papers on the statues of Buddhas found in Dunhuang, China and the Mahācaitya of Amarāvatī, India as well as Dvāravatī’s Mahāyāna Buddhist conception of royalty. Buddhist statue making. Professor Ku he taught in a number of tertiary institutions including National Tsing Hua Univeristy and National University of Singapore.
Abstract: Similar to other historical sites with Buddhist statues and rock-cut caves across Asia, the Kizil Caves in Xinjiang province were built as a manifestation of the Caitya worship found by Nāgārjuna (c. 150–c. 250). What is remarkable about the Kizil Caves is their statue making method, which is something that the author has never seen before in other Asian caves. The way time and space are represented, in particular, is awe-inspiring. In this lecture, the speaker will share her extraordinary experiences and the incredible findings that she came across during her study of the Kizil Caves.
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