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Event "Strangers at the Gate: Biblical Narratives of Israelites and their Neighbors" with Adriane Leveen

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:00 to 13:30
Building 260, room 216

Throughout the Hebrew Bible, strangers are indispensable to the formation of a collective Israelite identity. In fact, encounters between the Israelites and their neighbors are among the most urgent matters explored in biblical narratives, yet relatively little scholarly attention has been paid to them. This book corrects that imbalance by carrying out close readings of the accounts of Israel’s myriad interactions with surrounding nations.

Event Adam Elsheimer and the Character of Nature | Julian Bell

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 17:30 to 19:00
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building

Between his arrival in Rome in 1600 and his death there, aged 32, ten years later, Adam Elsheimer of Frankfurt created a succession of minute but seminal paintings. Artists ranging from Rubens and Rembrandt to Claude Lorrain and even to the Mughal court were affected by the pictorial poetry of Elsheimer’s narrative scenes. Julian Bell will examine the imaginative matrix of this oeuvre, formed in the era of Caravaggio and Galileo, and will argue that Elsheimer's vision illumines the broader character of 17th-century debates about what constituted 'nature'.

Event "Daihannya Tendoku-e" Performed by Karyōbinga Shōmyō Kenkyūkai

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 19:00 to 20:30
Stanford Memorial Church

Kashōken, an internationally renowned ensemble of Japanese Shingon priests, will perform a Daihannya Tendoku, a “rolling reading” of the Great Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom (Mahāprajñāpāramitā sūtra) at the Memorial Church of Stanford University. The Daihannya Tendoku is one of the most important rituals of Japanese Buddhism. It features the Great Sutra on the Perfection of Wisdom, one of the central texts of Mahayana Buddhism, and with 600 fascicles also the longest text in the Buddhist canon.

Event Ani Choying Drolma: "Buddhist Chants and Songs"

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 17:00 to 18:30
Stanford Memorial Church

Choying Drolma was born in Kathmandu, Nepal to Tibetan refugee parents in 1971. Her education and spiritual training were supervised by the renowned meditation master, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. She was well-trained in Buddhist meditation, chants, rituals and ceremonies performance, and was quickly advanced to the position of chanting master in the nunnery.

Event Phillip E. Bloom: “Born in the Latter Days of the Dharma: Ecology and Eternity in a Song-Dynasty Buddhist Monastery”

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:00

What are the spatial and temporal environments of a Chinese Buddhist monastery? What place does nature hold therein? To answer these questions, this talk will examine Shizhuanshan (Dazu County, Chongqing Municipality), a hilltop sanctuary in southwestern China constructed by a wealthy layman in the late eleventh century. It 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.