In the year 721, a young Buddhist monk named Hyecho set out from the kingdom of Silla, on the Korean peninsula, on what would become one of the most extraordinary journeys in the history of Buddhism. Sailing first to China, Hyecho continued to what is today Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran, before taking the Silk Road back to China, where he would end his days on the sacred mountain of Wutaishan. This lecture will describe what Hyecho encountered in his travels and how his journey might provide new ways to understand the Buddhist tradition.
Monday, April 17 at 4 PM – 6 PM EDT | Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Toronto, Jackman Humanities Building, RM 318 170 St. George St, M5R 2M8 Toronto
About the speaker:
Donald S. Lopez Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, where he serves as chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and as chair of the Michigan Society of Fellows. His recent books include The Lotus Sutra: A Biography, Strange Tales of an Oriental Idol: An Anthology of Early European Portrayals of the Buddha, and Dispelling the Darkness: A Jesuit’s Quest for the Soul of Tibet.