[Buddha-l] Lecture: Art and Inscriptions in the Transit Zones of Xinjiang and Northern Pakistan

jkirk jkirk at spro.net
Wed Apr 23 14:26:47 MDT 2008

Of interest especially to list folks in SF Bay area.
X-posted from Indo-Eurasian list.
Joanna K.

"Enigma of an Absence: Buddhist Archaeology, Art 
and Inscriptions in the Transit Zones of Xinjiang and Northern

Noon on Friday, April 25th in 3335 Dwinelle Hall, UC, Berkeley.


A network of passageways through the upper Indus 
region of northern Pakistan directly connected 
the Northern Route (uttarapatha) of South Asia 
with branches of the so-called Silk Routes in the 
southern Tarim Basin of Xinjiang. These capillary 
routes were instrumental in the cross-cultural 
transmission of Buddhism as well as commercial 
exchanges, migrations, diplomatic contacts, and 
military expeditions throughout the first 
millennium CE. .......... In "Buddhism 
Across Boundaries: The Foreign Input" Erik 
Zürcher rejects the model of "contact expansion" 
as an insufficient explanation for the early 
phases of the establishment of Buddhism in China 
by drawing attention to the fact that the first 
Iranian and western Central Asian foreign monks 
and translators belonged to a Buddhist community 
in Loyang about a century before Buddhist 
monasteries appear in the Tarim Basin. ..................

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