CCS Noon Lecture Series. "Seals and the Sources of Chinese Buddhism"


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  • Speaker: Paul Copp, Associate Professor of Chinese Religion and Thought, University of Chicago
  • Host Department: ccs
  • Date: 11/05/2013
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

  • Location: International Institute-Room 1636

  • Description:

    Stamp seals, both as physical objects and especially as metaphors, are nearly everywhere in Buddhism. This is easy to understand: seals had long been central to the practices of the civilizations, Indian and Chinese most prominently, in which Buddhism took on its most powerfully influential cultural forms. In this talk I will explore the broad history of religious seal practice in which ninth and tenth century Chinese Buddhist ritualists compiled versions of a manual for the making and use of Buddhist talismanic seals found among the Dunhuang manuscripts.