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Painting Enlightenment: The Art & Science of the Heart Sūtra by Paula Arai
Start Date: 2/28/2017Start Time: 4:30 PM
End Date: 2/28/2017End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description:
Japanese biologist and visionary artist, Iwasaki Tsuneo (1917-2002), painted the resonances he discovered between scientific and Buddhist views of reality. Expressing the inter-dependent, impermanent, and empty nature of phenomena, he shaped the words of the Heart Sūtra––a scripture prized for its concise expression of wisdom and compassion––into imagery drawn from ephemeral beauties of nature, Buddhist cultural life, and microscopic and telescopic wonders.

Paula Arai is the author of Women Living Zen: Japanese Buddhist Nuns (Oxford University Press, 1999) and Bringing Zen Home: The Healing Heart of Japanese Buddhist Women’s Rituals (University of Hawaii Press, 2011), received her PhD in Buddhist Studies from Harvard University. Her current project, Liberating Compassion: The Art & Science of the Heart Sutra, includes a book, workshops, public presentations, and exhibitions of paintings by a Japanese contemplative scientist that encodes Buddhist metaphysics into scientific and everyday images.

Paula has also published research on Japanese Buddhism in journal articles and chapters in edited volumes, and she regularly presents at national and international venues. Her research has received generous support from Fulbright and American Council of Learned Societies Fellowships, as well as grants from the Mellon Foundation, Reischauer Institute of Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Carleton College, the American Academy of Religion, and ATLAS (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars). She is currently an associate professor of Buddhist Studies at Louisiana State University and is active in Asian Studies and Women's Studies at Louisiana State.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Science Center
Room: Science Center 199 - Cunniff Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Anna Everetts
Phone: (610) 328-7750
Email: aeveret1@swarthmore.edu
Paula Arai at Enlightenment Session
Event Sponsors
Asian Studies, Department of Art, Department of Religion, and the Japanese Section of Modern Languages and Literatures
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The Public

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