The last Pāla–Sena paṇḍita, Gautamaśrībhadra, at the ends of the Buddhist earth
UC Berkeley Webinar presented by NTI’s Dr Iain Sinclair
How did Buddhism end in its land of origin? New findings on the life of one of the last Indian pundits are shared in this Berkeley Buddhist Studies webinar featuring Dr Iain Sinclair, lecturer and researcher at Nan Tien Institute. This lecture retraces the footsteps of the teacher Gautamashri as he travels from thirteenth-century Bengal to Nepal, Tibet, and the islands of the Malay Archipelago.
Date: April 9 AEST (NSW time).
Time: 10 AM AEST
Registration is required.
The thirteenth-century disintegration of the Pāla-Sena empire, the last state sponsor of Buddhism in its land of origin, left a fragmented milieu that is still being picked up and pieced together. On Karimun Besar island near Singapore is a short inscription that is unusually written in a Pāla-Sena script. For many decades after its discovery in the mid-nineteenth century it was misinterpreted. Today it can clearly be seen to give the name of a paṇḍita called Gautamaśrī. In 2018 it was found that this paṇḍita has the same name as that of a Bengali exile who was active in Nepal and Tibet in the middle of the thirteenth century. His story, which moves from the Himalayas to Southeast Asia in a period of global disruption, can now be told in detail for the first time.
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