An Archaeology of Tibetan Buddhism

Mark Aldenderfer

Membership Lecture, The New Mexico History Museum Auditorium

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers



Videography and video editing by SAR volunteer John Sadd
Restored ancient chortens in the modern village of ManangRestored ancient chortens in the modern village of ManangPhotograph by and courtesy of Mark AldenderferRestored ancient chortens in the modern village of ManangPhotograph by and courtesy of Mark Aldenderfer

“All compounded things are subject to decay.” For the historical Buddha, his last words remind us of the impermanence of all things. For the archaeologist, the material expression of Buddhism on the Tibetan Plateau offers insights into the transformation and evolution of Buddhist thought. The fascinating story of change and continuity told by archaeologist Mark Aldenderfer is unique. He is the only Western archaeologist to have been granted formal permission to conduct research in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Sponsored by 1st National Bank of Santa Fe and Flora Crichton Lecture Fund

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