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Spring 2012 Lecture Series: Visions of the Transcendent Pure Land in East Asia

Date: February 22, 2012

Time: 2:00 - 3:30pm

Language: English
AD205, University of the West
1409 N. Walnut Grove Ave.
Rosemead, CA91770
Tel: 626-571-8811

The ICBS has co-organized with Hsi Lai Temple and University of the West to bring a Spring 2012 Lecture Series on Buddhist Art.

Lecture Details:

The sensational Avalokiteshvara, or Guanshiyin, the one who observes the sounds of the world, in Chinese, Kannon in Japanese has gone through a  profound transformation in Asia. Guanshiyin was a male icon as indicated by his moustache in Dunhuang mural paintings and banners. However by the 16th century he was represented as a Goddess of Mercy, often compared with Madonna. This talk investigates the illustrations of the Chapter 25 of the Lotus Sutra in caves and temples, and examines the transformation of the iconography in East Asia.

About the Lecturer :

Dr. Lidu Yi specializes in Chinese art with an emphasis on Buddhist art in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies and the Department of East Asian Studies at McGill University in Canada. She has two ongoing research projects in China, one the cross-cultural study of the newly discovered mural paintings in Tuyuk in Xinjiang along the Silk Road, the other the study of caves in Shanxi Province.


It is free of charge. All are welcome!

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