The act of producing copies has a special meaning in Buddhism. From simply reciting and rewriting Buddha’s teachings to creating multiple images of sacred Buddhist figures, objects and texts, or the commissioning of one million pagodas, copying served to increase karmic merit—guaranteeing a better afterlife and eventually leading to enlightenment. In this conversation, Kevin Carr, Associate Professor of Japanese Art History at University of Michigan and specialist of Buddhist art, and Natsu Oyobe, UMMA Curator of Asian Art, will illuminate the significance of copies in Buddhist religious practices, and guide us through Buddhist art objects featured in the current UMMA exhibition Copies and Invention in East Asia.
In Conversation: Copies and Multiplications in Buddhism
Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, Nam Center for Korean Studies, and College of Engineering. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan 3D Lab, the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and SeeMeCNC 3D Printers.