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Chinese Buddhist rituals are lively, multisensory performances that involve laypeople and monastics alike. Incense fills the air with its fragrance, as the sounds of rhythmic chanting and clattering cymbals stimulate the ears of practitioners. What is the place of painting in this swirl of sensuous activity? And what might painting teach us about the mechanics of ritual performance? Presentation by Dr. Phillip E. Bloom.

Chinese family-style dinner served before program.

Phillip E. Bloom is the June and Simon K.C. Li Curator of the Chinese Garden and Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. He specializes in the history of the Buddhist art and ritual of China’s Song dynasty (960–1279).


Monday, May 7




Golden Dragon Restaurant
960 North Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012


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