CANCELLED: The Relevance of Toyok Caves to Meditation Practice

CANCELED - Zoom guest lecture by Prof. Nobuyoshi Yamabe, Professor of Asian Philosophy at Waseda University and Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley

Thursday, December 8, 2022
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)

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This event has been canceled. 


Toyok is the earliest Buddhist cave site in the Turfan area, and mural paintings depicting visualizing monks have long been noted by scholars including myself. They give important clues to the type of meditation or visualization practiced in this area. Recent excavations of this site have brought out significant new findings. Based on these findings, Prof. Yamabe will reexamine the significance of the Toyok cave monastery.

Nobuyoshi Yamabe is Professor of Asian Philosophy at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan and Numata Visiting Professor of Japanese Buddhist at UC Berkeley. Prof. Yamabe is an expert in Indian Buddhism and the development of Buddhist philosophical thought and meditational practices through Central and East Asia. While his primary research interests include Yogācāra and Buddhist meditation texts, Prof. Yamabe’s numerous publications—in English and Japanese—span various aspects of Buddhism, ranging from the analysis of philosophical concepts in Buddhist meditational practice to comparative research on Japanese Buddhist traditions.