Buddhist Icons with Magic Power

Qiang Ning, Connecticut College

TT & WF Chao Lectures on Buddhist Art

Does a Buddhist icon carry magic power? Could a Buddha image change into two bodies in the eyes of devoted viewers? What is the essential function of visual art in Buddhism? This seminar introduces and analyzes Buddhist images from the Dunhuang cave-shrines, particularly the so-called "miraculous images" created during the Tibetan-occupation period and the following 9th-10th centuries, to discuss the meaning and function of Buddhist art in medieval China.

Ning Qiang worked at the Dunhuang Research Academy for 7 years as a researcher of Buddhist art in the Gobi desert in northwestern China before going to Harvard University for his Ph.D. degrees in art history in 1991. He has been teaching Asian art at Yale, San Diego State and the University of Michigan since 1997 and now he is the Chu-Niblack Associate Professor of Asian Art at Connecticut College.

Saturday, April 07, 2012 | 1:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building

Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
Stanford Continuing Studies