Lothar Ledderose, senior professor at Heidelberg University in Germany, presents the lecture Under the Open Sky—Buddhist Sutras on Chinese Mountains. Sometime between 560 and 580, Buddhist monks engraved the names of Buddhas and passages from their holy scriptures on the bare rock of mountains in present-day Shandong province in northeastern China. With this “land art,” they transformed their homeland into the realm of the Buddha. This lecture explores these monumental carvings, which are unique in world art. Free; registration required.