History for Lunch on 26 October will feature a short presentation and discussion by Dr. Brian Dunn on "Depicting the Dharma: Tibetan Buddhist performance of text.”
As Buddhism spread north to the Tibetan plateau, Buddhist teachers developed new and creative ways to take their teaching out of monastic contexts and turn them it into more publicly accessible art forms. This lecture explores how the historically scholastic and text-based traditions of Indian Buddhism got translated into a uniquely Tibetan aesthetic of mandalas, murals, and tangka paintings.
About the Speaker: Dr. Brian Dunn is a researcher and lecturer in religious studies and inter-faith engagement. He holds an undergraduate degree from Lakehead University and a Masters and PhD in Religion and Theology from Oxford University. He lived and worked for a number of years in North India as head of religious education at an international school in the foothills of the Himalayas, teaching religious traditions to students coming from a diversity of backgrounds. He has recently returned to his hometown of Thunder Bay and currently works as contract lecturer and adjunct professor at Lakehead University. His primary research interests are Hindu bhakti, Himalayan Buddhism, World Christianity and comparative method in theology and religion.
History for Lunch is an opportunity to put a bit of History in your diet and for members of the community and the Department of History to showcase their current research.
More information about the sessions can be found on the Department of History website (history.lakeheadu.ca) and on our Facebook page (facebook.com/lakeheadhistory)
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