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Buddhism and Trade on the Eastern Silk Road

Susan Whitfield, British Library

This seminar will introduce the discovery of the rich Buddhist remains of the Eastern Silk Road  — the art, architecture, artefacts and manuscripts — including some of the most recent and exciting finds. It will consider how they have informed scholarship over the past century and, most especially, our understanding of Buddhism.  

This seminar will then raise the question of whether long-distance prestige trade — the so-called ‘Silk Roads’ — was an essential or even a necessary condition in the development of Buddhism, looking in particular at Buddhist stupas and cave temples. If trade is seen as a factor, what can the Buddhist remains tell us about the nature and extent of trade? 

Saturday, February 08, 2014 | 1:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Cummings Art Building

Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
Stanford Continuing Studies