Enduring Dharma Symposium

    "Enduring Dharma:A Symposium on the Inscription of Buddhist Scriptures on Stone"

    SATURDAY APRIL 20, 2013 - Betts Auditorium (Architecture N101)

    Chinese Buddhists began to prepare for the apocalypse in the sixth century by carving the Buddhist canon into stone. In the most massive projects, texts on stone slabs were set into the walls of caves and buried underground or in vaults. Other believers tried to preserve the Buddhist law (Dharma) by arranging s?tras and statues of Buddhas on natural cliff-faces to form multimedia ritual environments.

    Since 2005 a multidisciplinary team sponsored by the Heidelberg Academy has been researching Buddhist stone inscriptions in China. This public symposium presents this project to a general audience and reflects on the practice of inscribing s?tras on stone from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and in contexts outside of China.


    Lothar Ledderose, Heidelberg University

    John Strong, Bates College

    Robert E. Harrist, Jr., Columbia University

    D. Max Moerman, Barnard College



    The symposium is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required (by sending an e-mail to csrelig@princeton.edu) by April 8.



    Princeton University Buddhist Studies Workshop

    Princeton University Department of Religion

    Princeton University Tang Center for East Asian Art

    Princeton University Program in East Asian Studies

    Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion

    Princeton University Silk Road Project

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