Buddhism’s holy places
Utah art and travel • Westminster professor Jonathan Duncan shares visions and thoughts in “The Geography of Buddha”
Published: March 8, 2012 08:28AM
Updated: March 8, 2012 08:28AM
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"The Geography of Buddha," Jonathan Duncan's photographic exploration of places central to Buddhism's founding figure, will be presented March 15 at Westminster College's Gore Auditorium in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. Courtesy Jonathan Duncan

Everyone knows about the central roles Rome’s Vatican and Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall play for religions familiar to us in the West.

Far fewer know that India’s Bohd Gaya was the site of Buddha’s world famous enlightenment, or that the Himalayas of Nepal and Tibet hold some of Buddhism’s most sacred mountains, or that China is home to the faith’s holiest monasteries.

Jonathan Duncan, a adjunct professor of environmental studies at Westminster College, has been there, done that and, most important, photographed each place in context of the crucial understanding for the importance each locale holds for Buddhism’s followers.

His slide-illustrated lecture, “The Geography of Buddha,” documents through photographs the beginnings of the faith, traveling to the various countries home to its holiest sites. This March 15 lecture at Westminster College offers an enticing, educational look into a world few of us will have similar good fortune to see first-hand.

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“The Geography of Buddha,” a slide-illustrated lecture by Jonathan Duncan

When • March 15, 7:30 p.m.

Where • Gore Auditorium in Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business at Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 East, Salt Lake City

Info • Free. Visit www.westminstercollege.edu for more information.