The Hooded Kṣitigarbha (Dizang) in the cross- cultural transmission of Buddhism on the Silk Road
Speaker: Professor Zhiru Ng (Professor of Religious Studies; Chair of Religious Studies; Coordinator of Asian Studies, Pomona College)
Date and Time:
(PST) 19:00-20:30, 18th March 2022;
(PDT) 20:00-21:30, 18th March 2022;
(HKT) 11:00-12:30, 19th March 2022;
The lecture will explore the "hooded monk" imagery through both its associations with the bodhisattva Kṣitigatbha 地藏 and the meditation monk 禪僧. The hooded Kṣitigarbha is a popular Iconography that appeared in both Northwestern and Southwestern Chinese Buddhist cave art. The presentation will clarify the relationship between the hooded Kṣitigarbha and the meditation monk to trace the history of the head covering and its impact on non-Buddhist culture in East Asia.