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The Ideology of Power: the Architecture of the Lama Temple in Beijing
Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 9:30am to Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 11:00am
The Ideology of Power: the Architecture of the Lama Temple in Beijing

This event is part of the First Saturday East Asian Program Series co-sponsored by the Institute for Asian Studies and the First Saturday Program Committee.

The Ideology of Power: the Architecture of the Lama Temple in Beijing

By: Kevin Greenwood, Ph.D.

    DATE: Saturday, April 6, 2013
    TIME: 9:30AM-11:00AM
    LOCATION: PSU Urban Bldg Room 250 (507 SW Mill St.)

Yonghegong Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in Beijing, is a site with a rich and complex 300-year history.  Popularly known to visitors as the "Lama Temple" and included on any Beijing itinerary for tourist or Buddhist pilgrim, Yonghegong is famous for its spectacular architecture and art, including a 60-foot high sandalwood sculpture of the Buddha of the Future, as well as for its elaborate yearly ceremonies.  As a working Tibetan Buddhist temple and monastic college, today the site is understandibly thought of primarily in religious terms; however, throughout its long history, Yonghegong has been equally important for its rich political significance. 

This lecture will introduce the complex and multilayered interplay of art, religion, and politics as relfected in the architecture of Yonghegong as it evolved from imperial prince's residence, to symbol imperial universalism, to symbol of multicultural harmony in contemporary China.

Dr. Greenwood will share his thesis of how and why this architectural wonder was constructed over 300 years ago to exemplify an Emperor’s ideology of power during the Qing dynasty.

Free and Open to the Public