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October 30, 2013

Fall 2013 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Paul Copp

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Paul Copp
Associate Professor of Chinese Religion and Thought
University of Chicago

Seals and the Sources of Chinese Buddhism

November 5, 2013
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Stamp seals, both as physical objects and especially as metaphors, are nearly everywhere in Buddhism. This is easy to understand: seals had long been central to the practices of the civilizations, Indian and Chinese most prominently, in which Buddhism took on its most powerfully influential cultural forms. In this talk I will explore the broad history of religious seal practice in which ninth and tenth century Chinese Buddhist ritualists compiled versions of a manual for the making and use of Buddhist talismanic seals found among the Dunhuang manuscripts.

Posted by zzhu at October 30, 2013 04:41 PM