East Asian Garden Lecture Series – Nov 21

“The Ecology of Eternity in a Song-Dynasty Buddhist Monastery” is a part of the Huntington Library’s East Asian Garden Series, featuring Phillip Bloom, Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies and Curator of the Chinese Garden, The Huntington.

When: Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Rothenberg Hall in the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

RSVP: not required, open to the public

Phillip Bloom, The Huntington’s new Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies and Curator of the Chinese Garden, will examine Shizhuanshan (Dazu County, Chongqing Municipality), a hilltop Buddhist sanctuary in southwestern China constructed by a wealthy layman in the late eleventh century. He will argue that at Shizhuanshan, architecture, image, and text work together to transform the natural environment itself into a site for the eternal performance of Buddhist ritual. This lecture was made possible by the Justin Vajna Memorial Fund for Educational Programs in the Chinese Garden.