At 8:30 a.m. on June 26, 2017, the opening ceremony of the Buddhist Studies Center at Dunhuang Research Academy took place at Mogao Caves. Xudong Wang, Director of the Dunhuang Research Academy, Ven. Fabao, Vice President of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, and Ven.Dr. Yifa, the founder and President of Woodenfish Foundation attended the ceremony and delivered speeches. Angela F. Howard, Honorary Professor at Rutgers University and an expert in East Asian cultures as well as Buddhist art, Professor Siyan Jin—Dean of Eastern Studies from University of Artois in France, student participants from twelve countries, and supervisors and staff of the Dunhuang Research Academy participated in the opening ceremony with the Deputy Director of the Academy, Dr. Shengliang Zhao as the host of the ceremony.

In his speech, Director Wang mentioned that the power of Buddhism enables the continuation of the legacy of Mogao Caves. “We should not only be content with appreciating these exquisite wall p...

 

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      The 2015 session of the Woodenfish Foundation's "Buddhism in China—Connecting with the Source" (BIC) seminar took place from June 7th to June 17th in Gansu Province.  Professor and scholar Mark Blum (http://ieas.berkeley.edu/faculty/blum.html; UC Berkeley) conducted this year's seminar on the Nirvana Sutra with over 40 students from countries including the United States, China, Canada, France, Israel, Japan, and Sri Lanka. Attendees were mostly graduate students specializing in East Asian Studies, Buddhist Studies and Religious Studies from 17 schools such as Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, UC Berkeley, Smith College, Tel Aviv University and Kansai University.

      Starting in 2009, "Buddhism in China—Connecting with the Source" is an English-language program designed for scholars with a focus or interest in Buddhist Studies held at different historically and culturally important Chinese Buddhist sites each year. BIC provides academics with on-the-ground knowle...

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