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Jinah Kim: "Mind pictures and manuscript paintings: Examples from twelfth century South Asia"

How do we see and share a mental image? In the era of digital imaging and breakthroughs in neuroscience, capturing and sharing a mind’s image is a distinct possibility that once belonged to sci-fi movies. The desire and the needs to externalize, circulate, and control a mental image pushed and shaped the creative solutions seen in Buddhist painted palm-leaf manuscripts of twelfth century South Asia. This talk will demonstrate how the pictorial and manuscriptological strategies we find in painted palm-leaf manuscripts relate to the tantric vision practices, and how they opened up a unique way to share visual knowledge.
Caption for the image: Folio 233verso-folio 234recto(partial view), a painted palm-leaf manuscript of the Perfection of Wisdom sūtra, probably Bengal, c. late 12th- early 13th century. Varendra Research Museum. Photo©J Kim 2014.

Details

When:

Thursday, February 25, 2016. 06:00 PM

Where:

Hartley Conference Center, Mitchell Earth Science Building

Sponsor:

Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford

Contact:

650.721.6609
tanya@stanford.edu

Admission:

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC