Purple line: Tibet and Buddhism


     Places to visit

     1. Luoyang   

      It was the capital of China 2000 years ago. With its rich and long History, Luoyang is the home of the world-renowned Shaolin Temple.

     2. Xi'an

      Served as China's capital throuthout its golden ages, Xi'an has incredible amount of historical legacies such as the Terra-cotta Soldiers and the Wild Goose Pagoda.

     3. Xi'ning

      Xi'ning is where the founder of the Ge-Lug-Pa Sect was born. Today the Taer Monastery remains one of the largest monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism.

     4. Lhasa

       The holy city in Tibetan culture, Lhasa has been where the Dalai Lama lived for centuries. The city served as political and religious center of Tibet.

       5. Chengdu

      The capital of Sichuan Province, Chengdu is famous for its Jinsha Culture, 1,200-600 BC and Dujiangyan, a hydraulic project engineered over 2,000 years ago. Chengdu is also home to China's Panda Research Center.

       6. Leshan

      Leshan is renowned for its "Giant Buddha, the No.1 Buddha under Heaven, " and it is a stone's throw away from the E'mei Mountains, a Buddhist sacred site.

      1. Lecture on Buddhism's entry to China
      2. Lecture on Tibetan culture and Lamaism
   Required readings
      1. Melvyn C. Goldstein. The Snow Lion and the Dragon.
      2. Charlene E. Makley. The Violence of Liberation.
   Individual research projects on Tibet and Buddhism


Shaolin Temple, Luoyang   

Terra cotta Warriors,Xi'an  

Taer Temple,Xi'ning

Potala Palace,Lhasa

Leshan Giant Buddha 

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