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The lecture will be entitled "China writes differently". To register, please email me at es27 soas. The Robert H. Ho Family Foundation Lecture Series in Chinese Buddhism will include three events throughout the year, covering artistic, historical and contemporary aspects of the Buddhist experience in China.

More lectures will be advertised soon. We very much hope that you will be able to attend the lecture and look forward to meeting you there,. The second part will introduce the sutra texts that were engraved in caves in the 8th century in the Grove of the Reclining Buddha in Sichuan Wofoyuan.

The Grove thus is a monument in overcoming death. The third part will compare the role of Buddhism in the time of political division of China from the 3rd to the 6th centuries and the role of Christianity in the same time in the Roman Empire. It will be argued that the reunification in China was facilitated by the logographic system of script, whereas the alphabetic systems in Europe were a factor preventing the reunification of the Roman Empire.

With its more than 1, remaining characters the Diamond Sutra engraved on Mount Tai, Shandong, at the end of the 6th century AD is the largest sutra under the open sky in China. It is further unique, because about sixty colophons have been engraved around it in the course of the centuries.

They allow us to trace in detail how the sutra was viewed and appreciated, but also how it was criticised. In the seminar we will discuss representative colophons from several periods.

Lothar Ledderose is senior professor of the history of East Asian art at the University of Heidelberg, member of the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften and fellow of the British Academy. He is the series editor of Buddhist Stone Sutras in China, of which 7 volumes have appeared so far. In Lothar Ledderose was awarded the Balzan Prize. You can find more information, as well as abstracts, below.

We very much hope that you will be able to attend the lecture and look forward to meeting you there, Emanuela Sala. China writes differently lecture. The first part of the lecture will argue that in the name of a Buddha written in Chinese characters the Buddha is believed to be present himself.

This name emanates religious power and it can be worshipped. Examples are taken from the stone engravings of the second half of the 6th century in Shandong. Colophons to the Diamond Sutra on Mount Tai seminar. Related date:. November 15, to November 16, Categories: Lecture , Announcement. Keywords: Chinese Buddhism , Robert H.

Michigan State University Department of History.


Prof. Dr. Lothar Ledderose

In a side valley, there is a less well-known, but equally dramatic, sixth century engraving of the famous Buddhist Diamond Sutra. The characters cover an area of about eighteen hundred square meters. It is the largest sutra text under the open sky in China. It is common practice in Chinese literary culture for distinguished readers to attach their own commentaries or statements of appreciation to written manuscripts. They contain fascinating commentary on how later generations viewed, appreciated, and criticized the original sutra — over a span of hundreds of years. In this Saturday seminar, we will discuss selected colophons, starting in the Song dynasty and continuing to the present day. Transcriptions of the texts, translations, and photographs of the engravings will be made available to the participants before the seminar.

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Lothar Ledderose: "The Remarkable Diamond Sutra of Mount Tai and its Carved Colophons"

A renowned authority in his field, he received the prestigious Balzan Prize in After graduating from the prestigious?? He did postgraduate research at Princeton University and Harvard University — and worked as a translator at Taipei's National Palace Museum — He successfully submitted his habilitationsschrift at the University of Cologne in


Lothar Ledderose

Lothar Ledderose is one of the most distinguished scholars of Chinese art history worldwide. In the West and in East Asia he is recognized for the incisiveness and imagination of his work. He is thoroughly acquainted with the rich scholarly heritage in East Asia and he combines the rigour of the German academic tradition with flexibility and openness to new ideas. He then continued his studies at Princeton and Harvard, and spent several years in East Asia, including work at the National Palace Museum in Taipei and a research fellowship at Tokyo University. This part of his life acquainted him with the international academic environment and broadened his view of the subject. Lothar Ledderose is one of a handful of scholars outside China to have come to grips with the art of calligraphy — the central and most valued art form of the Chinese tradition.

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