Spring 2018 Events:

Each semester the UVA Tibet Center hosts several internationally renowned scholars, researchers, organizers, and other experts to speak on Tibet’s past, present, and future. Additional Tibet- and Himalaya-related events from around the university are also posted here.


Buddhist Murals in the Caves of Ngari, Western Tibet

A Lecture by Zhang Changhong (Palace Museum, Beijing)

Thursday, April 19th, Rouss Hall 403, 5:00-6:30pm

This event is part of the UVA East Asia Center Spring Lecture Series.

Photo courtesy of Zhang Changhong.

In the past decades, many Buddhist caves with exquisite murals have been found in Ngari, TAR, China which reflect the revival and flourishing of Buddhism in the remote western Tibetan area from the end of the tenth century to the seventeenth century. The discovery of these caves provides important materials for the study of Tibetan Buddhist art history and religious culture.In this lecture, a brief introduction to the Buddhist murals in the caves of Ngari will be given, along with a preliminary dating based on the analysis of the artistic style and themes of the murals. Murals from ten representative caves of different periods will be presented.

Zhang Changhong received her B.A, M.A. and Ph.D in Archaeology and Museology from Sichuan University. From 2000 to 2015, she worked and taught in the Center for Tibetan Studies of Sichuan University, Chengdu, China. As of 2016, she is an associate professor and then a professor in 2017 with the Palace Museum, Beijing. She is also the Deputy Editor-in-chief of Journal of Tibetan Studies published by the Center for Tibetan Studies of Sichuan University. For the 2017-18 academic year, she is a coordinate research scholar of Harvard Yenching Institute.


UVA Tibet Day 2018

Tibet Day Poster

Photo credit: Tibetan Plateau Photography project

Enjoy refreshments while you discover Tibetan language and culture, and the 40 year history of Tibetan studies at UVA.

Try on a chuba (traditional Tibetan clothing), learn to write your name in Tibetan, and meet the local Tibetan community as they share Tibetan culture. Scholars of Tibet will share opportunities for classroom study, their experiences, and current projects focusing on Tibetan cultures.

All are welcome to attend this ‘open house’ event in Minor Hall 125, with refreshments, music and dancing in the lobby. The event is supported by UVA and the Tibet Association of Charlottesville.