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April 2015

When Modernity Hits Hard: Redefining Buddhism in Meiji-Taisho-Early Shōwa Japan

April 17, 2015 - April 18, 2015
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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This conference aims to present new research on the turbulent period between the Meiji Restoration and the onset of full-scale warfare in 1931 when the central government of Japan expressed open hostility toward Buddhism for the first time since its introduction in the 6th century. These papers explore various efforts made in response to powerful pressures to redefine Buddhism's place in a redefined Japanese society. Speakers: Mark Blum, UC Berkeley; Melissa Curley, University of Iowa; Jessica Main, University of British…

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June 2015

Mindfulness and Compassion: the Art and Science of Contemplative Practice

June 3, 2015 - June 7, 2015
San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132 United States
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$225 – $550

For thousands of years the art of contemplative practice has been used to explore the nature of mind and its potential. Today the emerging science of contemplative practice promises to shed new light on these essential human questions. Facilitating conversation between these two worlds may provide a catalytic mutual benefit, exploring how contemplative practice and scientific research can best inform each other for a greater common good. To this end we will convene a group of internationally recognized scholars from the sciences and humanities…

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August 2015

Subjectivity in Pure Land Buddhism

August 7, 2015 - August 9, 2015
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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$100

The 17th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies Studies of Pure Land Buddhism — which address the thought, practice, and iconography of Pure Land throughout the historical development of Buddhism generally — are often rooted in modern discourses of religious studies that take certain foundational concepts for granted: individuality, subjectivity, historicity. But how have the referents of these modern concepts been understood in relation to Pure Land Buddhist doctrine and praxis? How has subjectivity, the answer…

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August 2016

Pacific Seminar: Jodo Shinshu Buddhism Beyond Borders

August 19, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - August 21, 2016 @ 1:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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$140

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Professors Ugo Dessi and Elisabetta Porcu will not be able to take part in the August 19-21, 2016 Summer Pacific Seminar, “Jodo Shinshu Buddhism Beyond Borders,” taking place at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley, CA. However, co-presenters, CBE and IBS, are happy to announce that two other outstanding scholars will provide keynote presentations. Please see below for details. A revised schedule will be available soon. Don't miss this ground-breaking opportunity to discuss timely topics and…

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August 2017

Summer 2017 Pacific Seminar

August 18, 2017 - August 20, 2017
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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$130 – $150

On August 18 - 20, 2017,  the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) and the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) Center for Buddhist Education (CBE) will present the annual Summer Pacific Seminar - 21st Century at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley, CA.  “Shin Buddhism: Current Challenges and Future Prospects” will continue the exploration of the meaning of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism as a worldwide religion. Presenters from many corners of the world, including Australia, England, Brazil and the U.S. will share their experiences…

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March 2018

American Academy of Religion Western Region

March 23 - March 25
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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​The overall theme for the 2018 Conference is Religion and Kindness. We are using this idea in its broadest terms; sometimes admiring, sometimes damning, and may be some of the times authoritative, while in all other times passionate. We are hoping to encompass difference, racism, feminism, womanism, eco-justice, gender justice, sexual orientation, classism, colonialism, neocolonialism and all other ISIMs, seen through the eyes of religious studies scholars. For the full call for papers, visit the Western Region website here: http://www.aarwr.com/call-for-papers.html.…

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