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“A Journey on the Silk Road: From Xi’an to Islamabad”


Max Kade Theatre
inside Armstrong Hall Room 300, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St.



This public slide talk about the Silk Road will be presented by Bill Porter, an American author and translator of Chinese and Sanskrit texts, who translates under the name “Red Pine.” Porter was born in Los Angeles in 1943 and grew up in Idaho. After a tour of duty in the U.S. Army, he graduated from the University of California with a degree in anthropology and attended graduate school at Columbia University. Uninspired by the prospect of an academic career, he dropped out and moved to a Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. He lived with the monks and nuns for four years, then worked at English-language radio stations in Taiwan and Hong Kong, interviewing local dignitaries and producing more than 1,000 programs about his travels in China. His translations include Chinese classical texts, poetry, and Buddhist sutras such as the Taoteching, the Heart Sutra, and Collected Songs of Cold Mountain. He currently lives in Port Townsend, Wash. For more information, contact David Gardiner at (719) 389-6616.

“A Journey on the Silk Road: From Xi’an to Islamabad”
Bill Porter/Red Pine
  • Open to Public: Yes
  • Admission Fee: Free
  • Sponsored By: 2012-13 NEH Professorship
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