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A Tale of Buddhist Books and a Chinese City (canceled)

The Carving of Kaibao Canon in Tenth-Century Chengdu

University of Arizona scholars explore rare books held by Special Collections in this annual lecture series started by Dr. Albrecht Classen, University Distinguished Professor of German Studies.

Speaker: Jiang Wu

The importance of the first printed edition of the Chinese Buddhist canon, Kaibao Canon, cannot be overestimated as a significant religious, political and social invention in Chinese history. This talk focuses on the process of its carving and printing in Chengdu at the end of the tenth century and provides a new account of how the use of printing gave birth to the first printed Buddhist canon in East Asian history.

RSVP online. Free and open to the public. Questions or requests regarding disability-related accommodations should be directed to Maggie Verebelyi.

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