Prof. Nobuyoshi Yamabe of Waseda University in Japan lectures via Zoom on paintings based on the Amitayus Visualization Sutra as part of the China Westward conference.

China Westward Conference – Prof. Nobuyoshi Yamabe (Waseda University)

Presented by the Fairbank Center—and generously supported by the Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Department of South Asian Studies, the Harvard FAS CAMLab, and the Harvard China Fund—China Westward: Reimagining the Interwoven Material and Cultural Histories of China, Central Asia, and the Himalayas (October 14 – 15, 2023) was organized by Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp, Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies, and Eugene Y. Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, together with 2022-23 An Wang Fellows Chai-Yee Leow and Li Shuai and PhD students Michael Norton and Sophie Xiaofei Lei. The weekend-long conference featured six panels and 18 lectures exploring various understandings of ancient interactions between China and the “Western Regions” through art, religion, ritual, and astrology—and providing new insights into early Chinese civilization and its global context in the process.

Prof. Nobuyoshi Yamabe of Waseda University in Tokyo delivered his lecture for China Westward as part of the conference’s second panel, Sculpting Faith, Painting Devotion: Buddhist Narratives, Visual Transmissions from South to East Asia. He presented on his paper, “Paintings Relevant to Visualization in the National Museum, New Delhi,” and specifically on paintings based on the Amitayus Visualization Sutra, which teaches how to visualize the land of bliss, the presiding Amitayus, and the nine classes of rebirth.

Watch the full talk via the Vimeo embedded video below or on YouTube.