Pepperdine Libraries Receive the Encyclopedia of Buddhist Arts

On April 7, 2018 the Libraries received a set of the 20 volume Encyclopedia of Buddhist Arts, which was recently translated into English. The Encyclopedia was gifted at a Grand Presentation of the Encyclopedia of Buddhist Arts ceremony held at the Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, which generously donated the set. Librarians Elizabeth Parang and Jeremy Whitt were present at the ceremony to accept the donation on behalf of Pepperdine Libraries.

 

Representatives from Biola University, CalArts, Claremont School of Theology, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Occidental College, Scripps College, Soka University of America, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara, University of Redlands, University of Southern California, University of the West, and Whittier College were also present and each institution received a set.

 

The set is currently in Payson Library’s Reference collection (call number N8193.A5 S5213 2016).

 

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The ceremony included welcoming speeches from Venerable Hui Dong, Abbot at Hsi Lai Temple; Dr. Stephen Morgan, President of University of the West; and Dr. Jane Iwamura, Director for the Institute for the Study of Humanistic Buddhism at the University of the West. Venerable Youheng, who served as Editorial Director for the English edition of the Encyclopedia, then provided an introduction and overview of the work. The grand presentation ceremony followed, in which representatives from each institution present were recognized. Following this presentation, two editors of the work, Graham Wilson and Stefanie Pokorski, spoke about the English translation process. Finally, two distinguished scholars of Buddhist studies, Dr. Robert Buswell, Distinguished Professor of Buddhist Studies at UCLA, and Dr. Sonya Lee, Associate Professor of Art History at USC, provided scholarly insight into the work as well as congratulatory remarks.

 

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The Encyclopedia of Buddhist Arts is the first of its kind to compile representations of Buddhist art from around the world. With over 10,000 entries and 14,000 photographs, the work supports studies in Art History, Asian Studies, History, and Religious Studies. The 20 volume set is divided into 8 categories, including Architecture (4 volumes), Caves and Rock Carvings (5 volumes), Sculpture (4 volumes), Painting (3 volumes), Calligraphy and Seal Engravings (1 volume), Artifacts and Decorative Arts (1 volume), People (1 volume), and an index. The Encyclopedia marks an international collaborative effort from monastics and scholars and took more than ten years to produce.

For more information about this work, visit http://www.hsilai.org/en/eba/.

 

Pepperdine Libraries Receive the Encyclopedia of Buddhist Arts