Mondays at Beinecke: Copying Sacred Texts: A Spiritual Practice with Jude Yang

Free but register in advance
Monday, April 1, 2024 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

A discussion of the Hanke Gallery Exhibition in Sterling Memorial Library, 120 High Street, “Copying Sacred Texts: A Spiritual Practice,” with curator Jude Yang.

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The ancient practice of hand-copying sacred scriptures has been a cornerstone of major religious traditions since the inception of writing. This ritual has played a crucial role in preserving and sharing sacred texts. The practice, a heartfelt expression of devotion and prayer, resonates with the faithful and nonbelievers.

At the heart of this exhibition are the works of Master Kyeongho Kim, who has dedicated 50 years to the practice of hand-copying Buddhist texts. On display alongside Master Kim’s pieces are hand-written sacred texts from Yale Library’s collection, representing Judaic, Christian, and Islamic traditions. This exhibition serves as a testament to the enduring value of these works, intended to inspire others to experience the exceptional spiritual and aesthetic practice of hand-copying sacred texts.

Jude Yang is Librarian for Korean Studies, and curated this exhibition with Hwansoo Kim, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies.

Mondays at Beinecke online talks focus on materials from the collections and include an opening presentation at 4pm followed by conversation and question and answer beginning about 4:30pm until 5pm.