Cluster Leader: Kai Sheng, Tsinghua University
This research is primarily concerned with several extant caves from the Northern Dynasties period in Hebei and Henan provinces where sūtras were carved and images with inscriptions remain, including: Xiangtangshan 響堂山, Xiaonanhai 小南海, Xiangquan si 香泉寺, Wahuang gong 媧皇宮, and Bahui si 八會寺 in the area of Yecheng 鄴城. Material evidence from these sites can be connected to many documents in the Dunhuang manuscript cache. We will pay particular attention to the unique relationship between documents, epigraphy, and images with regard to the development and spread of ‘Ten Stages’ (Daśabhūmi or Dilun) teachings within historical, philosophical, devotional, ritual, institutional, social, and political contexts with the goal of creatively reconstructing a fuller understanding of pre-Tang dynasty Buddhism on the ground in China.
We will take field trips to three sites in Henan province: Xiangtangshan, Xiaonanhai, and Shaolin si 少林寺. Afterward, we will hold a conference about the Daśabhūmikasūtra-śāstra (Shidi jinglun 十地經論) during the Northern Dynasties.
This cluster will support and lead field trips to investigate caves, we will hold conferences, and members will provide supervision for publication of our findings.
The report from the 2018 field visit can be found here.
2018 field visit team
|Affiliated Researchers||Associated Researchers|
|Christoph Anderl, University of Ghent||Jinhua Chen, University of British Columbia|
|Eric Greene, Yale University||Steffan Doell, University of Hamburg|
|Ann Heirman, University of Ghent||Imre Galambos, University of Cambridge|
|Jongmyung Kim, The Academy of Korean Studies||Youn-mi Kim, Yale University|
|Eugene Wang, Harvard University||James Robson, Harvard University|
|Meir Shahar, Tel-Aviv University|
|Robert Sharf, University of California Berkley|
|Yinggang Sun, Zhejiang University|
|Stephen Teiser, Princeton University|
|Yong Wang, Zhejiang GongShang University|