Tem­ple gives huge tome to Art Gallery

Eastern Reporter - - News -

A MAYLANDS tem­ple has do­nated its first en­cy­clopae­dia to the Art Gallery of WA af­ter more than 10 years of com­pil­ing the best of Bud­dhist art.

Fo Guang Shan Bud­dhist Tem­ple’s En­cy­clopae­dia of Bud­dhist Art con­sists of 20 vol­umes, in­clud­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, sculp­tures, caves, rock carv­ings, cal­lig­ra­phy and paint­ings from China, In­dia, Ja­pan, North Korea, Europe, the Amer­i­cas and Aus­tralia.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the tem­ple took part in a han­dover at the gallery last week, which was at­tended by Ven­er­a­ble Hui Kuan, Chief Abbess Ven­er­a­ble Man Ko, Art Gallery of WA di­rec­tor Ste­fano Car­boni and chair­man Sam Walsh, Arts and Her­itage Min­is­ter David Tem­ple­man and Bud­dha’s Light In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion WA pres­i­dent David Yee.

Tem­ple spokesman and West­ern Lo­tus Sub­di­vi­sion pres­i­dent Dan Klofver­skjold said the en­cy­clopae­dia had art­works col­lected by Fo Guang Shan Grand Mas­ter Hs­ing Yun from his trav­els in the 1940s.

“In 2001 they started the Chi­nese ver­sion first and it took them 12 years to com­pile all the pho­tos and word­ing (be­fore) an­other 300 English speak­ing schol­ars trans­lated it,” he said.

“There are more than 10,000 se­lected en­tries, more than 14,000 pic­tures and ap­prox­i­mately 3.5 mil­lion words.”

Sam Walsh, Chief Abbess Ven­er­a­ble Man Ko, David Tem­ple­man, Ven­er­a­ble Hui Kuan, Ste­fano Car­boni and David Yee at the Art Gallery of WA.

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