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The Buddhists of the Liao dynasty in northeast China created a new architectural design for the exterior of their pagodas (monuments that held Buddhist relics). This talk will explore the visual program of the pagodas and show how it reflects both Buddhist cosmology and the religion’s sacred geography. It will demonstrate how the conception of the monuments erases the boundary between the exterior and the interior spaces, to communicate to the viewer the essence of the Buddhist teaching about non-duality and emptiness. The physicality of the architectural space of the pagodas mattered less than the vision of virtual space.

Dr. Youn-mi Kim is a professor at Ewha Women's University in Seoul and a specialist on Chinese Buddhist art. She is currently completing her book Architecture of Virtuality: Liao Pagodas (907-1125).

Sponsored by the Tagliabue Fund.

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Jessie Berlingo
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