Where the Buddha was Previously Born, Seen, and Heard

Join leading scholars after the XVIIIth Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS) for a two-day mini-conference on Buddhist previous-birth narratives.

Where the Buddha was Previously Born, Seen, and Heard: Transmission and Transformation of Rebirth Narratives in Art and Text within and beyond Gandhara will bring international Buddhist Studies scholars together with graduate students to assess the significance of the project’s results by drawing upon the perspectives of a broad and varied audience with shared interests in how Buddhist literary and visual cultures transmit and transform stories with written texts and artistic images.

Art historians and textual specialists have been working together on a two-year project on “Buddhist Rebirth Narratives in Literary and Visual Cultures of Gandhara” with the aim of collecting and cataloguing artistic representations of Gandharan previous-birth narratives and evaluating the images in light of recently discovered Gandharan manuscripts.

This conference will feature:

  • Panel presentations by leading international scholars of Buddhist rebirth narratives in Asian literary and visual cultures
  •  In-process research roundtable discussions and talks by emerging scholars and graduate students.
  • Free special event open to the public: Newar scroll-reading of the Avadana of the Merchant Simhala by Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya 

The events will be held at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.

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