Title: What Can Restoring Colossal Buddhas Do for Nature Conservancy and Cultural Preservation?
Series: Rice University Transnational Asia Speaker Series
Format: Online via ZOOM
Lecturer: Sonya S. Lee
Date: 5 April 2023
Time: 4:00-5:15pm CDT
Organized by: Rice University, Houston, TX, USA
In recent years, several high-profile restorations of centuries-old Buddhist monuments in southwest China have raised questions about the value and method of preserving religious icons in a society that reveres tradition but also has a long history of heritage destruction. Focusing on the case of the Laitan Buddha in Hechuan, this lecture brings a sustainability perspective to the debate by discussing how conservation practices and community involvement can contribute to a religio-environmental ethic that encompasses both nature conservancy and cultural preservation.
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