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Adam Elsheimer and the Character of Nature | Julian Bell

Between his arrival in Rome in 1600 and his death there, aged 32, ten years later, Adam Elsheimer of Frankfurt created a succession of minute but seminal paintings. Artists ranging from Rubens and Rembrandt to Claude Lorrain and even to the Mughal court were affected by the pictorial poetry of Elsheimer’s narrative scenes. Julian Bell will examine the imaginative matrix of this oeuvre, formed in the era of Caravaggio and Galileo, and will argue that Elsheimer's vision illumines the broader character of 17th-century debates about what constituted 'nature'.

Phillip E. Bloom: “Born in the Latter Days of the Dharma: Ecology and Eternity in a Song-Dynasty Buddhist Monastery”

What are the spatial and temporal environments of a Chinese Buddhist monastery? What place does nature hold therein? To answer these questions, this talk will examine Shizhuanshan (Dazu County, Chongqing Municipality), a hilltop sanctuary in southwestern China constructed by a wealthy layman in the late eleventh century. It will argue that at Shizhuanshan, architecture, image, and text work together to transform the natural environment itself into a site for the eternal performance of Buddhist ritual.

"Daihannya Tendoku-e" Performed by Karyōbinga Shōmyō Kenkyūkai

Kashōken, an internationally renowned ensemble of Japanese Shingon priests, will perform a Daihannya Tendoku, a “rolling reading” of the Great Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom (Mahāprajñāpāramitā sūtra) at the Memorial Church of Stanford University. The Daihannya Tendoku is one of the most important rituals of Japanese Buddhism. It features the Great Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom, one of the central texts of Mahayana Buddhism, and with 600 fascicles also the longest text in the Buddhist canon.

Oliver Freiberger: "Lines in Water? On Drawing Buddhism's Boundaries in Ancient India"

This talk explores the ways in which religious agents – and modern scholars – distinguish religions. Illustrated by examples from ancient India, it will problematize the popular notion of blurred boundaries and suggest a multilayered approach for analyzing religious boundary-making. The paper argues that scholars should be prepared to find, even within one religious community, numerous and possibly conflicting ways of drawing a boundary between “us” and “them.”

Information Session: UK Scholarships - Rhodes Marshall, Churchill, Gates and more

UK Scholarships - Rhodes Marshall, Churchill, Gates and more. The Overseas Resource Center (ORC) works with undergraduates and graduate students, post-docs as well as recent alumni pursuing scholarships for study and research abroad.
For more information on overseas scholarships, please visit our website.


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