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Ancient records of early Buddhism, recovered from Tibet, identify five great centres of learning a thousand years after the birth of Prince Gautama Buddha. Of the five, two are amongst the four hundred Buddhist sites in Bangladesh; Somapura Mahavihara (Paharpur) and Jaggadala. These centers could not have thrived without patronage and proximity of the Silk Road which brought trade and Buddhism close together. Hasna will discuss a trip she took in 2015 and 2017 to Mongolia in search of a connection between Mongolia and India via Bangladesh. 


Hasna Moudud, SAI Research Affiliate; Author of “Mystic Poetry of Bangladesh” and “Where Women Rule: South Asia”; Former Senior Fellow Harvard University Asia Center; former Visiting Fellow Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School

Chair: Roderick MacFarquhar, Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science, Harvard University

Co-sponsored with the Harvard University Asia Center.