Lecture: Research on the Possible Buddhist School Attribution of the Jamal Garhi Monestary in Mardan (Cambridge University)

Date of event:   02/03/2023 − 02/03/2023

Title: Research on the Possible Buddhist School Attribution of the Jamal Garhi Monestary in Mardan
Series: Dunhuang and Silk Road Seminar
Format: Hybrid (Room 2 (Lecture Block) CB3 9DA // ZOOM)
Speaker: Dr Jun Wang, China Jiliang University, now a visiting scholar at Cambridge
Date: Thursday, 2 March 2023
Time: 17:10
Organized by: Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK

In the 19th century, British archaeologist Sir Alexander Cunningham successively discovered the Gandharan remains, namely a Buddhist monastery in Jamal Garhi. Further, when the Indian Archaeological Survey continued to excavate this monastery’s site in 1920-1921, they discovered a schist stone with an inscription that stated “Jamal Garhi Inscription on the Year 359”. Prof. Lüders attributed the content of this inscription to the Dharmaguptakas. Based on the above studies, this article attempts to conduct an in-depth analysis of the layout of the above-mentioned Buddhist monastery by comparing its site and archaeological evidence with textual sources from the Chinese translation of the “Dharmagupta-vinaya”,and addendum to the remains of the Buddhist stupa excavated by the Japanese Otani expedition in the Lvshun Museum of China combined its buildings, sculptures, inscriptions, to demonstrate the changes in the relevant provisions of vinaya to argue that this monastery can be identified as belonging to the Dharmaguptakas tradition.

Wang Jun, female, lecturer of China Jiliang University, studied in Jilin University and Nankai University, Phd of literature. Postdoctoral of Peking University. The research fields are Buddhist culture, ancient Chinese literature and cross-cultural research.

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