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The Story of the Chinese Buddhist Canon (lecture and exhibit opening)

Date: March 21, 2011

Times: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location:   Main Library

Contact: Ping Situ


Jiang Wu, associate professor in the University of Arizona department of East Asian studies, introduces a new exhibition on the Chinese Buddhist Canon at the UA Main Library.

Wu's talk will trace the formation and transformation of the Buddhist sacred texts, and will specifically explain the pieces to be on display from March 21 through April 8 in the second floor exhibition area of the Main Library. The exhibit opening lecture will be moderated by J. Philip Gabriel, head of the East Asian studies department.

Visitor parking is available at the Cherry Avenue Garage, east of the Main Library.

Both the lecture and the exhibition are linked to an international conference to be held in Tucson at the end of March, "Spreading Buddha's Words in China." Some 20 experts from the United States, Europe, mainland China and Taiwan will examine the role of Buddhist canons (including digital canons) in the formation and transformation of Buddhist communities. The conference is the first international conference on this topic ever held in the western world and is funded by a grant received by Wu from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

Wu received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and his research interests include 17th-century Chinese Buddhism and Chinese intellectual history and social history.

This lecture and exhibition have been organized by the department of East Asian studies, the School of International Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the College of Humanities, and the University Libraries.