Published on Nov 22, 2017
This seminar titled "The Heavenly Eye in Caves" was given by Eugene Wang (Harvard University) at the Centre of Buddhist Studies, SOAS University of London on 7 October 2017.
The Buddhist Cave Paintings of the Mogao Grottoes in China
Published on Dec 1, 2015
CAS / Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MillerComm Lecture - Eugene Y. Wang
Lectures and Speeches
CAm Lab Productions
Mind In the Cave (Trailer) – research and development of art films and audio-visual multimedia installations that replicate the imaginary universe and meditative experience of embellished Buddhist caves.
This video explores the underlying design principal of Mogao Cave 254. It demonstrates the cave was conceptualized as a cosmological view of a “heavenly eye”, a mental ability achieved through meditation. The cave, like a theatre in the mind, unfolds breathtaking visual experiences when the “heavenly eye” penetrates Time and Space and witnesses the cyclicality of all existence as well as the intertwining past and future as a chain of cause and effect.
Selected Publications by Prof Eugene Wang
What Do Trigrams Have to Do with Buddhas? The Northern Liang Stupas as a Hybrid Spatial Model
The Shadow Image in the Cave: Discourse on Icons
Refiguring: The Visual Rhetoric of the Sixth-Century Northern Wei 'Filial Piety' Engravings
Painted Statue in an Optical Theater: A Fifth-Century Chinese Buddhist Cave
Patterns Above and Within: The Picture of the Turning Sphere and Medieval Chinese Astral Imagination
Mirror, Moon, and Memory in Eighth-Century China: From Dragon Pond to Lunar Palace
Where Did the Picture of the Auspicious Omen Come from? Manufacture of Sites and Sights in Seventh-Century China
Oneiric Horizons and Dissolving Bodies: Buddhist Cave Shrine as Mirror Hall
Ritual Practice without Practitioner? Early Eleventh Century Dharani Prints in the Ruiguangsi Pagoda