Buddhist Arts at the heart of SOAS celebrations

A symposium on Chinese Buddhist Arts is one of the highlights of this year’s centenary commemorations for SOAS University of London, the world-leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The symposium will bring together leading scholars of Chinese Calligraphy and Buddhist arts, who will address topics such as the influence of Buddhism on Chinese arts, cultural interactions between India and China and Buddhist arts in the Dunhuang Caves.

The centenary events programme, which will last all year and is sponsored by the Pure Land Foundation, will also include Qin performances, talks on Buddhism and Daoism, a tea ceremony and Dunhuang Dance performance, as well as an exhibition of Master Venerable Hsing Yun’s One-Stroke Calligraphy.

SOAS itself boasts the world-famous China Institute which showcases the strength of China Studies in the humanities and the social sciences, from ancient times to the present. It also has Europe’s largest Centre of Buddhist Studies and many expert scholars and specialist researchers working on topics on China and Buddhism.

The planned year of events and activities will mark its achievements and chart a future course as a scholarly resource of global relevance, guardian of specialist knowledge and champion of the issues that matter in the regions that matter in the 21st century.

Global explorer, broadcaster and writer Michael Palin, an Honorary Fellow of SOAS, says:

“I hope that all who support SOAS – and those who, as yet, don’t – will realise how fortunate we are to have such an institution in our midst. Understanding the world is just as worthy of our resources as defending ourselves against enemies – enemies we might not have made if we’d had a little more understanding in the first place.”