News, Announcements, and Events from the Institute of Buddhist Studies
Wednesday, November 06, 2013, 1:42 pm
Dr. Richard Payne, Dean of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, and the Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst, IBS Chaplaincy Program Director, participated in a Ryukoku University International Symposium on September 26-27, 2013, at the Omiya Campus, Kyoto, Japan. The program was sponsored by the International Center for Humanities, Science, and Religion (CHRS).
The theme of the symposium [...]
[ Read: International Center for Humanities, Science, and Religion Symposium ]
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 9:06 am
Two new releases in the Contemporary Issues in Buddhist Studies series are:
Charles Willemen, A Collection of Important Odes of the Law: The Chinese Udānavarga
The Udānavarga is a thematically organized collection of important sayings in verse form used to teach the Buddhadharma. It is a key example of an important genre of Buddhist literature, the best [...]
[ Read: Two new releases in the Contemporary Issues in Buddhist Studies series ]
Monday, September 16, 2013, 9:48 am
The International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (IASBS), the largest international organization dedicated to the scholarly study of Pure Land Buddhism, has recently become a related scholarly organization of the AAR. This means that the IASBS will be able to host meetings in conjunction with the AAR’s annual meeting, thus allowing for greater exposure of Shin and Pure Land Buddhist studies to a North American audience.
[ Read: IASBS events at this year’s AAR ]
Wednesday, May 08, 2013, 1:43 pm
With the theme: “Dharma at Times of Need: The Interface of Chaplaincy and Ministry,” a jointly sponsored symposium by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Harvard Divinity School, was held on May 3-4, 2013 at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA. Presentations were made by faculty and students.
“The joint event provided an [...]
[ Read: Dharma at Times of Need ]
Friday, April 12, 2013, 9:31 am
Wisdom Publications has released a new book by noted Shin Buddhist scholar Takamaro Shigaraki, Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path: A Life of Awakening.
Last last month, Prof. Shigaraki was in the San Francisco Bay Area, delivering a series of lectures and talks at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, the Center for Buddhist Education, and the [...]
[ Read: New Book: Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path, A Life of Awakening ]
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 9:45 am
A two day symposium jointly sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and Buddhist Ministry Initiative, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, will be conducted on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA , with the theme “Dharma at Times of Need: The interface of Chaplaincy and Ministry.”
[ Read: Dharma at Times of Need: symposium jointly sponsored by IBS and Harvard ]
Tuesday, February 05, 2013, 9:00 am
Dr. Takamaro Shigaraki, noted Shin Buddhist Scholar, former Professor and President of Ryukoku University, and author of A Life of Awakening: The Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path (2005) and Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path: A life of Awakening (2013) will be the key note speaker at three Buddhist Churches of America major events.
[ Read: Three Lectures by Takamaro Shigaraki ]
Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 2:46 pm
We are pleased to announce the 2013 Ryukoku Lectures series with Prof. Tesshin Michimoto
Mt. Hiei and the Pure Land
The Development of Pure Land Teachings in Tendai Buddhism
March 13 (Wednesday) Saicho: His Life and Teachings
March 20 (Wednesday) Ennin: Nembutsu Liturgy & Practice
March 27 (Wednesday) Genshin: Essentials of Attaining Birth
All lectures from 6:00 to [...]
[ Read: 2013 Ryukoku Lecture Series ]
Monday, December 03, 2012, 3:22 pm
Pure Land Buddhist traditions have been some of the largest and most influential in Buddhist history, and remain so to the present day. Moreover, the very idea of a purified, perfect land of a buddha echoes throughout Buddhist text and praxis. Most often, this buddha is “Immeasurable Light” or “Immeasurable Life,” who created a pure land far to the west of our own world. But there are many others. This conference aims to examine sectarian traditions of Pure Land Buddhism as well as the “pure land” within Buddhism generally. As this conference is jointly-sponsored by associations connected to Pure Land Buddhist traditions in two countries, it is a unique chance to approach pure land expansively, in terms of its long history, global reach, and diverse regional and trans-regional expressions–whether in or across what are today known as China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Canada, and so on. The hope is to increase knowledge and scholarly exchange about the multifaceted development of pure land in Buddhist cultures. Papers are welcome on any aspect of pure land, type of Pure Land Buddhism, any region or historical period, and from any methodological or disciplinary perspective.
[ Read: Call for Papers: Pure Land Buddhism Conference ]
Monday, December 03, 2012, 9:31 am
We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 3rd Annual Graduate Student Symposium at the Institute of Buddhist Studies.
[ Read: Call for papers, Update: Proposal Deadline Extended ]