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The Art of Pilgrimage: Journeys of Faith and Discovery

All-Day Symposium Saturday, April 17

Prayer Wheel. Tibet. 19th century. Silver set with jade, turquoise, rubies, and shell H. 9 1/4 x W. 2 3/8 in. (23.5 x 6 cm). Newark Museum, Gift of Dr. Wesley Halpert and Mrs. Carolyn M. Halpert, 1984, 84.406a–f. (Richard Goodbody, Newark Museum)

Prayer Wheel. Tibet. 19th century. Silver set with jade, turquoise, rubies, and shell H. 9 1/4 x W. 2 3/8 in. (23.5 x 6 cm). Newark Museum, Gift of Dr. Wesley Halpert and Mrs. Carolyn M. Halpert, 1984, 84.406a–f. (Richard Goodbody, Newark Museum)

All-Day Symposium Saturday, April 17

Join us for an all-day, multi-disciplinary symposium including discussions with authors, and scholars on traditional and contemporary practices of pilgrimage.

Speakers include: Diana Eck, Harvard (keynote); Shalini Ayyagari, Dartmouth College; Perry Garfinkel, Buddha or Bust; filmmaker David Grubin, The Buddha; Rochelle Roca Hachem, UNESCO; Pico Iyer, The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home; Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania; Pankaj Mishra, An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World; D. Max Moerman, Barnard College; and Chün-fang Yü, Columbia University.

This program is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art, on view at Asia Society Museum through June 20, 2010.

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Schedule

10:00 am
Welcome
Michael Roberts, Asia Society New York Center

10:15 – 11:00 am
Keynote
Beginning in India: Sacred Geography and the Pilgrim Journey
Diana L. Eck, Harvard University

Session 1: Traces of the Past

11: 00 - 11:30 am
The Pilgrim's Map: India in the Japanese Buddhist Imagination
D. Max Moerman, Barnard College

11:30 am – 12:00 pm
'Kalam' and 'Kafi' Betwixt and Between: Sufi Musical Repertoire as a Spatial Mediator in Hindu and Muslim Shrines (Rajasthan, India)
Shalini Ayyagari, Dartmouth College

12:00 - 12:30 pm
Famensi as a Contested Site of Pilgrimage and Tourism
Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania

12:30 – 12:50 pm
Round Table
Moderated by Adriana Proser, Asia Society Museum

1:00 – 2:00 pm
Lunch Break

Session 2: Pilgrimage and Contemporary Culture

2:00 – 2:45 pm
Sacred Spaces: Practice and Preservation
Chün Fang Yü, Columbia University in conversation with Rochelle Roca Hachem, UNESCO

3:00 – 3:30 pm
A New Kind of Spiritual Journey: The Buddha Film
David Grubin, filmmaker, in Conversation with Adriana Proser, Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art curator, Asia Society Museum

3:30 – 4:00 pm
Pilgrimage East Meets Pilgrimage West
Perry Garfinkel, author

4:00 – 4:30 pm
Pilgrimage for Today
Pankaj Mishra, author, in conversation with Mark Epstein, psychiatrist and author

4:30 – 5:00 pm
Global Soul—A New View on the Spiritual Traveler
Pico Iyer, author, in conversation with Rachel Cooper, Director of Culture and Performing Arts, Asia Society

5:00 pm
Closing Remarks
Adriana Proser, Asia Society Museum

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Reception
Exhibition and AsiaStore open