[Conference] Where the Buddha was Previously Born, Seen and Heard: Transmission and Transformation of Rebirth Narratives in Art and Text within and beyond Gandhara (Aug.27&28, 2017)

“Where the Buddha was Previously Born, Seen, and Heard: Transmission and Transformation of Rebirth Narratives in Art and Text within and beyond Gandhara” is a two-day mini-conference on Buddhist previous-birth narratives at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on August 27-28, 2017 after the IABS meeting. Art historians and textual specialists have been working together [...]


Writing on the Wall: Manuscripts & Caves – A Talk by Professor Eugene Wang at Research Roundtable: East Asian Manuscript and Print as Harbingers of the Digital Future

The significance of manuscript and print culture in the historical transmission of religion, art, and literature in East Asia can be paralleled with today’s digital media. The transition from manuscript to print and the historical development of reading and printing techniques in pre-modern Asia may inform our understanding of the modern transition from print to [...]

Buddhist Art: A Fragile Inheritance – A Reflection on The Film Screening at UBC (February 17, 2016)

From Bhutan and Ladakh in the Himalayas to the Dunhuang Grottoes on the Silk Road in China, the spread of Buddhism has left numerous historical artistic treasures. Many of them, however, have already disappeared or been damaged. The sumptuous film “Buddhist Art: A Fragile Inheritance” by award-winning filmmakers Mark Stewart Productions tells the story of [...]

[Event Announcement] Exhibition Preview: “Cave Temples of Dunhuang”, Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, Feb.16, 2016

The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation and China Global: The Vancouver Society for Promotion of Chinese Art and Culture will host a special luncheon preview of “Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road” - a major exhibition opening at the Getty Centre in Los Angeles on 7 May 2016. The Preview [...]

[Event Announcement] Buddhist Art: A Fragile Inheritance: Upcoming Film Screening at UBC — Feb 17

Join us Wednesday, February 17 for a screening of Buddhist Art: A Fragile Inheritance at UBC’s Frederic Wood theatre. Free — no registration required. Click here for a map to the theatre. The spread of Buddhism from India throughout Asia has left a legacy of truly great art. This sumptuous new film by award-winning filmmakers Mark Stewart Productions tells [...]

Buddhism and Art of Japan: Sengai Gibon and Sesshu Toyo in Opposite Directions by Lee Jay Walker

Poster painting credits (from left to right, top to bottom): Ama-no-Hashidate (Sesshu Toyo), Landscape of the Four Seasons (Sesshu Toyo), Hotei waking up from a nap (Sengai Gibon), The Circle (Sengai Gibon), Frog in Zen Meditation (Sengai Gibon). Sesshu Toyo (1420-1506) and Sengai Gibon (1750-1837) are two famous individuals in Japanese history. However, despite belonging [...]