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August 2015

Shinran and the Sutra of Immeasurable Life: Reflections on Reading in the Buddhist Tradition

August 6, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Co-sponsored by the Ryukoku University Translation Center and Institute of Buddhist Studies, Center for Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies. In this symposium a number of Buddhist scholars and theologians will address the questions of how Shinran’s treatment of the Sutra of Immeasurable Life might help us to understand what it means to read a Buddhist text (scripture) and what such reading might entail, require or imply. Papers will be presented by Dennis Hirota, Luis Gomez, Charles Hallisey, James Fredericks, Mark Csikszentmihalyi, Mitsuya Dake, Ichigyo…

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October 2015

Maritime Transmissions of Buddhism: 2015 Numata Symposium

October 24, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Please join us for the 2015 Numata Symposium: Maritime Transmissions of Buddhism Mercantile exchange is now understood to be an important dimension of our understanding of the transmission of Buddhist thought and practice throughout the Buddhist cosmopolis. The romanticism of the Silk Road and the findings at Dunhuang have demonstrated this for Central and East Asia. The same is true of South and Southeast Asia as well, with the difference being maritime trade rather than land routes. This symposium will explore…

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March 2016

Buddhism and Agriculture: 2016 IBS Winter Symposium

March 3, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Marriott Hotel and Visalia Convention Center, 300 South Court Street
Visalia, CA 93291 United States
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The 2016 IBS Winter Symposium, held in conjunction with the Buddhist Churches of America National Council and co-sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Education, will take place on March 3 in Visalia, California. Talks by: Rev. Marvin Harada Orange County Buddhist Church Rev. Seigen Yamaoka Institute of Buddhist Studies Professor Eisho Nasu Ryukoku University Panelists: Mr. George Teraoka Buddhist Church of Fowler Mr. Calvin Doi Buddhist Church of Parlier Video: Nikiko Masumoto’s TED Talk: “Reigniting the Soul of Farming” Moderator:…

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April 2016

Shinran and Continental Philosophy: Shinran, Heidegger, and Levinas

April 15, 2016 - April 16, 2016
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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An examination of the Shin Buddhist tradition in light of recent developments in continental philosophy and continental philosophy in light of Shin Buddhism.

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August 2016

Crossing Realities: Shin Buddhism and the Processes of Globalization

August 19, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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UPDATE: Please note updated program and time. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Institute of Buddhist Studies incorporating as a seminary and graduate school, the 2016 Numata Lecture will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016. This year's Numata Lecture will be: "Shin Buddhism and Global Modernity: Settlement Work, Social Work, and Other Brand New Ideas in the Early Twentieth Century" Dr. Jessica L. Main Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Professor Buddhism and Contemporary Society Institute of Asian Research…

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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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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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November 2016

An Ancient Doctrine for New Times: IASBS Panel at AAR 2016

November 19, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
600 E Market St
San Antonio, TX United States
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On behalf of the International Association for Shin Buddhist Studies, North American District, IBS announces the following panel held in conjunction with the 2016 American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting. Please contact Dean Mitchell with any questions: scott@shin-ibs.edu Saturday, November 19, 2016, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Grand Hyatt Lone Star D (2nd Level) 600 E Market St, San Antonio, TX An Ancient Doctrine for New Times: The Shinzoku Nitai in Modern Japanese Buddhism The idea of “two truths” (Jp. shinzoku nitai)…

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April 2017

Symposium: Interdependence/Intersectionality

April 14, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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This symposium brings together Buddhist scholars, teachers, and activists to discuss issues of marginalization and oppression related to race, gender, and sexuality both inside and outside American Buddhist communities both historically and at the present. Speakers will discuss such topics as: how did the racialization of Japanese American Buddhists relate to World War II internment? How are Asian and white Buddhist communities in conversation or at odds? How have new Buddhist communities developed or responded to historical or contemporary exclusion…

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October 2017

Graduate Student Symposium: Mass Meditation

October 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Mass Meditation: Practices and Discourses in Contemporary Global Buddhisms The fourth annual graduate student symposium at the Institute of Buddhists Studies examines the popularity of meditation practices in contemporary global Buddhisms. Papers will present a range of scholarship from historical perspectives on the modern origins of a diversity of mindfulness practices; scientific studies of Buddhist practice and globalized Buddhist feedback loops; and comparative studies across traditions, between the secular and the sectarian, and the modern and the traditional. This event…

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November 2017

IASBS Events at AAR

November 17, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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The International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies is hosting two events at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Boston, MA, November 2017. One panel features an IBS publication; the other panel is a collaborative project between the IBS and Ryukoku University. These events are free and open to the public. Registration for the AAR meeting is not required, though it is encouraged. Please contact the IASBS North American District for more information. Mochizuki’s Doctrinal History of…

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