November 26th, 2013

The Torch of Wisdom: The Rise of the Lamp Platforms in Medieval Chinese Buddhism.

Chen CAR BBLS 11-XX

Thursday, November 26th                                                                             

Noon-1:30 pm

COOR 6615

The Center for Asian Research’s Brown Bag Lecture Series

Presentation by Huaiyu Chen

Assist. Professor of Religious Studies,

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, ASU

 

The Torch of Wisdom: The Rise of the Lamp Platforms in Medieval Chinese Buddhism.

The Lamp Platform was a Chinese Buddhist invention but flourished in Korean and Japanese Buddhism. This talk will contextualize the origins of the lamp platforms in early medieval China and explore possible connections with Daoist lamp altars and Zoroastrian fire altars.

 

Dr.  Huaiyu Chen teaches courses on Buddhism and Chinese religions and religions of the Silk Road in the School of Philosophical. Historical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University . His research interests span Buddhism, Nestorian Christianity, medieval Chinese social and cultural history, as well as modern intellectual history.  Dr. Chen’s lecture will present his findings from his recent travels to China supported by the A.T. Steele Faculty Travel grant.