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Enduring Dharma

A Symposium on the Inscription of Buddhist Scriptures on Stone

Inscribing Sutras
4/20/2013, Betts Auditorium (N101), Architecture Building, 10 am to 5:45 pm
Chinese Buddhists began to prepare for the apocalypse in the sixth century by carving the Buddhist canon  into stone. In the most massive projects, texts on stone slabs were set into the walls of caves and buried underground or in vaults. Other believers tried to preserve the Buddhist law (Dharma) by arranging sūtras and statues of Buddhas on natural cliff-faces to form multimedia ritual environments.
Since 2005 a multidisciplinary team sponsored by the Heidelberg Academy has been researching Buddhist stone inscriptions in China. This public symposium presents this project to a general audience and reflects on the practice of inscribing sūtras on stone from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and in contexts outside of China.
Lothar Ledderose, Heidelberg University
John Strong, Bates College
Robert E. Harrist, Jr., Columbia University
D. Max Moerman, Barnard College
Pre-registration for this event has closed. For questions, please email
Princeton University Buddhist Studies Workshop;Princeton University Department of Religion;Princeton University Tang Center for East Asian Art;Princeton University Program in East Asian Studies;Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion;Princeton University Silk Road Project

Conference Schedule

Conference Venue: Betts Auditorium (Architecture N101)

Registration, 9:15-10:00 (lobby)
Research Agenda, 10:00-12:30
            Stephen F. Teiser
Overview of the Project
Lothar Ledderose, Buddhist Stone Sutras in China: Methods and Goals of the Project
Paper and Discussion
Lothar Ledderose, Moving Mountains: Indian Peaks at Mount Gang (Shandong)
Lunch Break, 12:30-2:00 (lunch not provided)
Other Perspectives, 2:00-4:00
Indian Buddhism, John Strong
Chinese Art, Robert E. Harrist, Jr.
Japanese Buddhism, D. Max Moerman
Break, 4:00-4:15
Discussion, 4:15-5:45
Reception, 6:00-7:00, Prospect House, Drawing Room (for those who preregistered)
Dinner, 7:00-8:30, Prospect House, Presidential Dining Room (for invited guests)

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