Inside Asian Images: What the Contents of Icons Tell Us About Buddhism and Daoism

Local religions in China will also be highlighted.

When: Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Room 2252, Humanities and Social Science Building, UCSB

Cost: Not available

Age limit: All ages

Categories: Lectures


This talk will introduce a new body of religious statuary, a different class of images and icons that circulated at a more diffused level of society and were filled with a variety of religious objects, including Buddhist texts, relic fragments, symbolic organs, or consecration certificates. It will ask what can we learn when we shift our gaze from external aesthetics to explore what is found inside images. James Robson specializes in the history of Medieval Chinese Buddhism and Daoism, and is particularly interested in issues of sacred geography, talismans, and the historical development of Chan Buddhism.

Phone: 805-893-3137

Event posted Nov. 25, 2008
Last updated Jan. 11, 2010


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