2,300 Years of Buddhist Art
Tickets: $10 / Free to Members
2008, India, Benoy K. Behl, 25 min.
2,300 Years of Buddhist Art is about the heritage of Buddhist art in India, from the Bharhut and Sanchi stupa railings of the second century bce to the art of the Kashmiri painters across western Tibet and the Indian Himalayas in the twelfth century.
Post-screening discussion with Joel Bordeaux
This series of films by Benoy K. Behl is the first that depicts all of the ancient Buddhist sites of India as well as other Asian countries. The story of the Buddha and of the development of Buddhism is traced through the art and architecture of over one hundred major monuments. The series is presented as a complement to the new exhibition From India East.
About the Speaker
Joel Bordeaux is a Ph.D. candidate in South Asian religions at Columbia University. His research concerns Bengali tantric traditions, with a primary focus on the late medieval period and a strong secondary interest in the area's Buddhist heritage. He works with Bengali, Sanskrit, Tibetan, and Hindi sources and has lived and travelled in South Asia for over 2 years, visiting Buddhist sites in Bengal, Maharastra, North India, and Nepal.