Transmissions of Buddhist Architecture in the Tarim Basin and China

Susan Whitfield, British Library

During the end of the first millennium B.C. Buddhism began to spread into Central Asia. Travelling along older land and sea trade routes that were newly secured under the Kushan Empire, it encountered a time of great political, economic and cultural efflorescence, as these routes—today collectively known as the ‘Silk Roads’—brought cultures into contact and acted as a catalyst for the development of new forms. This was the case for all manifestations of Buddhism, not least its architecture.

This lecture will explore the archaeology and art of the stupa, looking at the complexities of tracing its development as the form travelled from India along the land routes across Central Asia and into China.

Friday, February 07, 2014 | 6:00 pm — 7:30 pm
Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center.

Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford
The Silkroad Foundation
Stanford Humanities Center