March 17, 2011
Tenth Annual Philip Thomas Lincoln, Jr. Memorial Lecture in Chinese Studies
In 1987 archaeologists discovered a crypt beneath the Famen-si (Dharma Gate Monastery) in Shaanxi Province, China, containing four "finger-bone" relics of the Buddha along with a trove of invaluable medieval religious artifacts. Some of the finds are associated with "Esoterism" (aka Tantra or Vajrayana), an important but still poorly understood ritual tradition that flourished briefly in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE). Professor Robert Sharf will offer a new reading of the Famen-si finds, their relationship to Buddhist Esoterism, and their status as "works of art."
This annual lecture is sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and is made possible by the generous gift of the late Mrs. Philip Thomas Lincoln and family.
Karen Munson 734-615-8623 kjmunson[at]umich[dot]edu
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