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Chinese Garden Symposium - Saturday September 24

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Chinese Garden Symposium - Saturday September 24

Religious and Spiritual Concepts in the Gardens of China

A one-day symposium at
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Organized by The Huntington,
in collaboration with the University of Oregon
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Religious and spiritual concepts have been significant influences in the creation of gardens in China, both private and imperial. In particular, Buddhism has had an extended and profound connection to gardens and their owners. Four speakers will present their findings on Buddhist and other spiritual ideas in the gardens of Chinese emperors, monks and scholars.

8:30 Registration & Coffee
9:15 Welcome
James P. Folsom, Marge and Sherm Telleen / Marion and Earle Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens, The Huntington
June Li, Curator of Liu Fang Yuan, the Chinese Garden at The Huntington
9:30 Introductory Remarks
Richard Strassberg, University of California, Los Angeles
Session I
Moderator - Richard Strassberg, University of California, Los Angeles
Miho Fukuda, National Taiwan Normal University “Mongolian Imperial Gardens in the Forbidden City during the Yuan Dynasty”
Natasha Heller, University of California, Los Angeles “Monks in Landscapes, Monks in Gardens”
12:30 Lunch
2:00 pm Session II
Moderator - Ina Asim, University of Oregon
Kevin Greenwood, Willamette University “The Imperial Self and the Eastern Academy: a Lost Garden of the Qianlong Era (1736-95)”
Stephen Whiteman, Middlebury College “A Religious Program at Bishu Shanzhuang, the Summer Palace of the Qing Emperors”

Registration is required. Please see the attachment for registration materials.

Photograph: copyright Lu Hongren.

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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
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Message from kireland

Xin-Thanks, sounds like a great opportunity to see the Huntington Library and Chinese Gardens with a unique educational opportunity to boot. If my calendar is free that day I will make the drive up from San Diego to attend.
edited by kireland on 8/10/2011

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Message from Clay Dube

Hi Folks - I'd love to attend this symposium as well. A previous engagement will keep me away, though. Here are links for the Huntington:

Chinese garden:

You may also be interested in this US-China Today article about the garden: