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Leverhulme Lecture: Professor Mark Aldenderfer 'All Compounded Things are Subject to Decay: an Archaeology of Tibetan Buddhism'

When May 02, 2016
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where McDonald Institute Seminar Room
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The Himalaya, past, present and future

Professor Mark Aldenderfer (University of California, Merced and Leverhulme Visiting Professor, MIASU)

All Compounded Things are Subject to Decay: an Archaeology of Tibetan Buddhism

For most westerners, Buddhism is timeless, and Tibet remote and romantic. For the historical Buddha, his last words remind us of the impermanence of all things. For the archaeologist, however, the material expression of Buddhism on the Tibetan Plateau offers insights into the transformation and evolution of Buddhist thought as it encoun- ters indigenous, pre-Buddhist conceptions of landscape and religion, borrowings of ritual from Central and East Asia, and the changing political fortunes of the emerging Tibetan empire.

With support from

The Leverhulme Trust

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