Fo Guang Shan donated the Encyclopedia of Buddhist Arts to the Starr East Asian Library at UC Berkeley on April 8.
Peter Zhou, Director of the East Asian Library expressed his gratitude to receive the 20 volume-set of books in 8 categories—architecture, caves, painting, seals, calligraphy, people, artifacts and sculptures. He said, “I’m sure this gift will be valued and studied by our faculty and students, and it will make contributions to the research of Buddhism and the teaching of Buddhism on this campus.”
Bruce Williams, a senior researcher, stated that the encyclopedia fills a major gap in material on Ming and Qing dynasties. “Not just in art, but it also mentions people and texts; this will also be a great reference work.” Jianye, a senior librarian, emphasized the academic value of the encyclopedia, “With well-structured reference and index, our researchers, faculty, graduate students, and even the general public can use them in a handy way,” she said.
Jeanette Zerneke from the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) at the UC Berkeley School of Information found the pictures provide access to information for digital scholars.
Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founder of the FGS Order, commissioned the project as part of his ongoing effort to preserve and propagate Buddhism. An English edition of the encyclopedia is scheduled to be published in the next few years. Debbie Rudolph has invited FGS to use the East Asian Library’s collection in future editions.
Both parties hope to work together to make the encyclopedia even more groundbreaking and comprehensive.