Mind in the Cave

Mind in the Cave

How do we get our students—the millennial and post-millennial students—with their natural affinity to new medium technology excited about the universe of mindfulness about which they have only read here and there?

Project Title

A Cave for Harvard and the World

The “Mind in the Cave” project will push into more domains and dimensions involving augmented reality, virtual reality, and other forms of media technology.

Project Summary

What is the best way to stage Buddhist mindfulness in the cave? What is the optimum medium to showcase the process of meditation process? How do we provide a quick and effective way of introducing this body of materials to our students in classroom teaching? How do we get our students—the millennial and post-millennial students—with their natural affinity to new medium technology excited about the universe of mindfulness about which they have only read here and there? They—these media-savvy students—warm up to multimedia presentations far more quickly than printed medium. Moreover, the nature of the body of material (the meditative visualization) calls for a visual medium that best conveys the power of mindfulness.

Professor Wang aims to capture the fifth-century Buddhist murals of the Caves of Dunhuang in Gansu Province, China, through digital media. He will produce a high-quality educational art film to explicate the programmatic content of an embellished Buddhist cave at Dunhuang. His film will enable him to teach a course at Harvard University for the first time that will offer digital access to one of the caves. The visual experience of the film, combined with the educational content, will deliver both pedagogical and experiential dimensions of a mural cave to Harvard students 6,800 miles away from Dunhuang.

Partner Affiliations in China

Dunhuang Academy

Principal Investigator

  • E.W.

    Eugene Wang

    Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art