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Buddhas/Buddhisms: Across and Beyond Asia

Buddhas/Buddhisms: Across and Beyond Asia

October Pop-up Event

On October 18, 2019, 15 area alumnae viewed this exhibition together and enjoyed expert commentary by co-curator Christine I. Ho '04, Assistant Professor of History of Art and Architecture at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Among the exhibits was an item from Wellesley's Davis Museum.

Our heartfelt thanks to Christine I. Ho '04 and Wu Yao, SCMA curator, for sharing their knowledge as well as fascinating background stories.

We also thank the Smith College Museum of Art for hosting us, with special appreciation for their educators' outreach efforts.
 
Buddhas | Buddhisms: Across and Beyond AsiaSeptember 27, 2019–June 21, 2020 Invented by ancient Greeks and Romans and perpetuated by European geographers, the concept of “Asia” has arbitrarily homogenized diverse groups of people and their divergent civilizations. Buddhism, however, is one of the few cultural traditions that has connected distinctive Asian populations over time. Originating in historical India 2,500 years ago, Buddhism’s spread throughout Asia via trade routes, from the Silk Road that joined East and Central Asia to water routes reaching South and Southeast Asia, and has always been a global phenomenon. Since the 19th century, with the escalating migration of Asian Buddhists, formation of modern Buddhist studies against the backdrop of western imperialism, and growth of Buddhist institutions worldwide, this religion and its practices have continued to adapt to new contexts and believers.