X-Drifts Weekends 3rd July



3rd July FREE

Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre or Suite, SOAS, University of London, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG

One Day Symposium: Buddhist Arts and Material Culture in Asia

10.00am-5.30pm  Register here

This One-day Symposium, which is held in conjunction with the One-Stroke Calligraphy Exhibition by Venerable Master Hsing Yun at Asia House generously supported by the Pure Land Foundation, and part of SOAS’ Centenary Celebrations, brings together leading scholars of Buddhism, art history, archaeology, literature, and music to explore the dimension and influences on Buddhist art and material culture in East Asia. Topics addressed will include the Buddhist images from the Stein Collection, Pure Land Buddhist arts in 13th and 14th century Korea, issues of conservation of the Mogao Grottoes, Buddhist stone sutras in Shandong, ecological issues of restoring cave temples in Sichuan and Buddhist landscapes in Asia.

Professor Gina Barnes (SOAS)
Ying Chen (Oxford University)
Mr. Guo Qinglin (Dunhuang Research Academy, PRC)
Dr. Sonya Lee (University of South California)
Mr. Lu Ai (Dunhuang Research Academy, PRC)
Professor Youngsook Pak (SOAS)
Dr. Giovanni Verri (Courtauld Institute)
Professor Roger Whitfield (SOAS)
Mr. Yuan Deling (Dunhuang Research Academy, PRC)

Dunhuang Dance 1.30-2.00pm

Buddhist Apsaras are celestial beings of divine beauty and skilled in dance; Shoujuan Wang is a dancer from Taiwan who danced with the famous Cloud Gate Dance Company of Taiwan. Cheng Yu is a renown performer on the qin (7-string lute) and pipa (4-string lute). The performance will include pieces in the qin repertoire influenced by Buddhist Ideology.

Calligraphy Workshop 2.00-4.00pm

Part of a series of events linked to One-Stroke Calligraphy Exhibition, the calligraphy workshop introduces participants to the origins of Chinese characters and the basic strokes and forms of written Chinese characters using Chinese writing brush.


Tea Ceremony 4.00-4.30pm

Tea drinking has a long-standing relationship with the Buddhist tradition. Masters in the Chan Buddhist School had a high regard for tea drinking.Legend has it that a Chan master from the Lingyuan Temple in Taishan mountains practised meditation for days without eating or sleeping, drinking only tea at intervals. In the Tea ceremony led by Fo Guang Shan practitioners, participants will be guided through a brief meditation before tasting the tea brewed specially for you. While you appreciate the tea, you will be treated to a dance emulating the Buddhist Apsaras, celestial beings who are divine dancers.