Andrew Quintman of Yale University gives the Keynote Address to introduce a day-long symposium which will focus on the topic of the moving borders of the Tibetan cultural zone across the centuries, from the imperial period to the present, and including the Western exploration of Tibet.
Peripheral Visions: An Indian Buddha in the Tibetan Imaginary
India holds a central place in the story of Buddhism’s arrival to Tibet, even as it lies on the geographic periphery of the Himalayan plateau. Peripheral Visions explores images, texts, and narratives of Buddha Sakyamuni’s life from the Tibetan monastery of Jonang Puntsokling, the seat of the acclaimed Buddhist master Taranatha (1575–1634). This extraordinary program of literary and visual works, executed by Taranatha in the early seventeenth century and examined by Giuseppe Tucci some three centuries later, projected the presence and prestige of a distinctly Indian Buddha onto the Tibetan landscape.
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The symposium will take place at Asia Society on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.