The Sixth International Ryukoku Symposium on Buddhism and Japanese Culture, co-hosted by the University of California, Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies and the Institute of Buddhist Studies, will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 9:am to 5 pm at the Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA.

The symposium will be in two-parts. From 9 am to 12 pm, three papers will be presented in Japanese. The presenters and title of their papers are:

  • Yukio Kusaka, Professor of Japanese Literature, Ryukoku University, Revaling the Teaching: Popular Sermons in Shin Buddhism.
  • Sei Noro, Lecturer of Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University, Doctrinal Debate in Kegon School.
  • Jijun Yoshida, Adjunct Lecture of Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University, Early Tendai Buddhist Disputes with Other Schools.

Following the break, the afternoon session will be in English form 2 pm to 5 pm. Presenters and title of their papers are:

  • Takahiko Kameyama, Postdoctoroal Research Fellow, Institute of Buddhist Studies, The Significance of “Faith” in Medieval Shingon Buddhism.
  • Tatsuo Florian Sailes, Graduate Student, Buddhist Studiess, UC Berkeley, The One or theThree, the One and the Three, and/or One and the Thee:Observation on the Relationship Between the Single Vehicle and the Three Vehicles in Medieval Japanese Hosso Thought.
  • Mark Blum, Professor and Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair in Japanese Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UV Berkeley, Contexualizing Postumous Kaimyo Ritual in Japan: Indian and Chinese Precedents for Renaming the Dead.

The symposium is open the public and free of charge.

For more information contact: cJs-eventberkekey.edu or (510) 642-3415

2015 Ryukoku Symposium