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