Emory University, Michael C. Carlos Museum
Tuesday, October 7 @ 7:30 PM
Reception Hall, Level Three
Traditional Buddhist cosmology imagines a beginningless multiverse of diverse “world systems” (lokadhātu) created by the conscious minds that inhabit them. These worlds are said to be distorted by the confused perspectives of those minds, but another possibility emerges: the creation of “Awakened Fields” (buddhakṣetra) that arise not from confusion, but from the wise compassion of enlightened beings. These alternative modes of world-making figure prominently in Buddhist art.
In a lecture titled Delusion or Compassion? World-Making in Buddhist Philosophy, Practice and Art, John D. Dunne, associate professor of religion at Emory, will examine how they are articulated not only artistically, but also in Buddhist thought and practice.
The exhibitions and educational programs in conjunction with the Creation Stories Project have been made possible by generous grants from the Thalia N. and Chris M. Carlos Foundation, Inc.; the Thalia and Michael C. Carlos Foundation, Inc.; the Massey Charitable Trust; and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.