Program (Lectures in English, on Zoom):
Résumé / Abstract:
The proposed lectures will focus on four themes critical for a better understanding of early Tibetan Buddhist art and its development. In each case, the Tibetan contribution is crucial and establishes conventions that become characteristic of later Tibetan art. Each example reveals the intellectual process that underlies the conception and making of artworks, and informs about their purpose. Further, each theme will be discussed on the basis of portable and monumental depictions and using examples in different artistic media.
The development of the mandala is the direct product of Tibetan attempts to harmonise diverse Buddhist tantric traditions inherited from India, and explains the differences to East Asian expressions of the mandala even if they are based on the same sources. Tracing this development is also crucial for a better understanding of the different parts of the mandala and their function. Alchi monastery, in Ladakh, has been founded in the late 12th century and demonstrates the interpretative process that transforms mandalas in Tibet. The extremely high quality art of Alchi also stands at the threshold of new trends in the public presentation of Tibetan Buddhism carried by newly established schools, in particular the diverse Kagyü schools. The representation of the Tibetan teacher as a Buddha is a direct outcome of these new trends and goes hand in hand with the popularisation of painted scrolls (thangka). Thereby the artwork may quite literally be a replacement of the teacher, both conceptually and physically. Be it in the case of monuments or portable artworks, often their full meaning can only be understood when considering that these were not conceived in isolation, but as part of a visual program or a set of objects in a particular spatial relationship. Recovering this conceptual process reveals a deeper or even hidden layer of meaning and even may have direct impact on an artwork's appearance.
Together, the four lectures will demonstrate how the process of adoption and adaptation of Buddhism in Tibet has led to the distinctive expression of Buddhist art found in the Himalayas. Thereby the material quality of the works is complemented by an intellectual depth the unravelling of which is a journey of discovery.
Meeting ID: 941 1413 4675
The members of SEECHAC learned with great sadness the death of Mr. Jacques GIES on April 11, 2021. Honorary President of the National Museum of Asian Arts, Guimet, Knight of the “Légion d’Honneur”, Knight of the “Ordre National du Mérite”, Officer of “Arts et Lettres”.
Painter and curator at the Guimet Museum, he was a specialist in Buddhist painting from China and Central Asia. He has taught at the École du Louvre and the University of Paris IV. He was president of the Guimet Museum from 2008 to 2011. For the first time he organized exhibitions of contemporary Asian art, an initiative which was followed by the management of the Museum.
In 1995 he organized an exhibition in Paris at the Grand Palais Sérinde. Land of the Buddha. Ten centuries of art on the Silk Road.
In 2012 he participated in the Colloquium organized by SEECHAC in Rome.
Launched in 2014, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhist Studies supports research and teaching in Buddhist studies. With funding from The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, ACLS offers an integrated set of fellowship and grant competitions to expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society, strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies.
Wednesday 11 March 2020, 13:00 - 17:00
Asia Study Room, The British Museum, London
This one day international workshop examines the sources for developing musical histories of early modern Nepal and the Kathmandu Valley, from instruments and performance practices to administrative documents and paintings. Admission is free and no registration is required.
2019 marks the Fortieth Anniversary of the foundation of the International Association for Tibetan Studies at St. John’s College, Oxford, under the leadership of the late Michael Aris. In celebration of the steady growth of the IATS that has ensued, the 15th IATS Seminar was held Paris, France, from Sunday 7 to Saturday 13 July 2019.
The seminar is organized collaboratively by the INALCO, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), and the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO). The members of the convening committee are Fabienne Jagou (EFEO), Matthew Kapstein (EPHE), Françoise Pommaret (CNRS), Françoise Robin (INALCO), and Nicolas Sihlé (CNRS).
The principal venue for the Seminar was the National Institute of Asian Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris’s 13th District.
Ce séminaire est porté par le CRCAO et soutenu par le GIS Asie. Deux chercheurs réputés : Per Kvaerne, professeur émérite de l’Université d’Oslo et Dan Martin, de l’Université de Jérusalem, partageront leurs recherches sur le texte historique le plus ancien du Bon intitulée Grags pa gling grags (GPLG). L'événement aura lieu à la Maison de l’Asie, 22 avenue du Président Wilson, le 27 et le 28 mars 2019.
Charles Ramble (CRCAO, CNRS-EPHE-Collège de France-Univ. Paris Diderot)
Jean-Luc Achard (CRCAO, CNRS-EPHE-Collège de France-Univ. Paris Diderot)
Le Centre d’Études Interdisciplinaires sur le Bouddhisme a été créé en 2017 à l’initiative des équipes de recherche de l’Inalco, de l’Ecole pratique des hautes études (EPHE) et du Collège de France. Chaque année, il organise une semaine d'événements scientifiques intitulé « Printemps du CEIB » qui se déroulent dans les locaux des trois institutions partenaires.
Evénement phare de ce « Printemps », la conférence annuelle "Lin Li-kouang distinguished lectures for Buddhist studies" invite Anne Blackburn (Université Cornell, Etats-Unis) : "Place-making in the Lankan Southwest : Changing Patterns of Royal Buddhist Pilgrimage in Indian Ocean Historical Perspective", le 20 mars au Collège de France (11 Place Marcelin Berthelot, Salle 2, 10h-12h).
20-28 mars, 2019
Collège de France, Campus CNRS de Villejuif, Inalco.