Category Archive: News & Announcements
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 was: “Practical Ministry and Chaplaincy: Buddhist Compassion in Response to Human Distress.” Professor Tomoyasu Naito, Head of the Department of Shin Buddhist Studies and Practical Shin Buddhist Studies, spoke on the importance of peace of mind in his address, “Meeting Together at One Place and the Meaning of Peace of Mind in the Jodo Shinshu Tradition.”
Dr. Payne’s paper was titled, “To Whom Does Kisagotami Speak? Audience Reception, Interpretation, and Therapeutic Action.” He spoke on the importance of tailoring one’s response to the specific person and circumstances one encounters. Dr. Kisnst discussed the IBS chaplaincy program models for pastoral care based directly on Buddhist teachings in her papers “What Makes Buddhist Chaplaincy Buddhist? Developing an Educational Foundation for Buddhist Chaplains in a Multi-Tradition and Multi-Faith Setting.”
Responses were made by Professor Nobuhiro Fukagawa and Professor Akio Tatsutani for Dr. Kinst and Dr. Payne’s papers respectively. Professor Naoki Nabeshima, Director of CHSR, joined in on the discussion following the presentations.
“The conference provided the exploration of different aspects of Buddhist practical ministry and chaplaincy and the important ways we can learn from one another,” stated Dr. Kinst.
Panel left to right: Prof Fukagawa, Prof. Tatsudani, Dr. Kinst, Dr. Payne, Dr. Eisho Nasu, and Prof. Nabeshima.
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 known of which is the Dhammapada. While the latter is associated with the Theravāda school, and is preserved in Pāli, the Udānavarga is associated with the Sarvāstivāda school, and has been preserved in Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese. It provides us with an understanding of how Buddhism was being represented in its early transmission to China. Charles Willemen’s heavily annotated translation of the Chinese version of the Udānavarga originally appeared in 1978. In addition to revising the text, he has updated the introduction to reflect the intervening three and a half decades of scholarship on the Sarvāstivāda. This edition also brings the translation together with the glossary, which had originally been published separately.
Charles Willemen: Obtained his Ph.D. in Belgium in 1971. Studied in Japan under H. Nakamura. Fullbright-Hayes Visiting Scholar at Harvard, East Asian Languages and Civilisations. Taught at many universities, including Banaras Hindu University, University of Calgary, Fudan University (Shanghai), International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies (Tokyo). Presently Rector of the International Buddhist College in Thailand, Nakhon Ratchasima. Publications: The Essence of Scholasticism. Abhidharmahṛdaya; The Chinese Hevajratantra; Defining The Image. Measurements in Image-making; Etc.
Fabio Rambelli, Zen Anarchism: The Egalitarian Dharma of Uchiyama Gudō
with an introduction by Sallie B. King
These essays from the fin de siècle Japanese Zen priest Uchiyama Gudō— collected, translated and introduced here by Fabio Rambelli—provide us entry into an aspect of Buddhist history that is otherwise little known, the relations that can be constructed between the buddhadharma and radical political critique and action. Uchiyama resisted the oppression and exploitation of his own parishioners by the political powersthat eventually led Japan into military adventurism and empire building. The importance of these works, however, reaches beyond the history of Buddhism in modern Japan to deepen our appreciation of the complexity of the tradition as a source for resisting modernity’s seemingly ever more pervasive forms of social control. For the adaptation of Buddhism to the present day, Uchiyama’s vision of Buddhism as a social critique may serve to confront the conformism, complacent self-satisfaction and narcissism of the consumerist appropriation of Buddhism as yet another commodity in the religio-therapeutic marketplace.
Fabio Rambelli obtained his Ph.D. in Italy in 1992. Studied in Japan under Yamaguchi Masao. Presently professor of Japanese religions and intellectual history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he holds the International Shinto Foundation Chair in Shinto Studies Publications include: Buddhas and Kami in Japan (with Mark Teeuwen); Vegetal Buddhas, Buddhist Materiality; Buddhism and Iconoclasm in East Asia: A History (with Eric Reinders); and A Buddhist Theory of Semiotics. Currently working on representations of India in premodern Japan and on the history of the development of Shinto as related to global intellectual networks and their impact on Japanese culture.
Cross posted from Critical Reflections on Buddhist Thought.
Monday, September 16, 2013, 9:48 am
The American Academy of Religion (AAR) is the largest professional organization for scholars of religion in North America. Annually, the AAR hosts a conference that draws tens of thousands of religious scholars. Because this is the largest annual religious studies event in North America, scholars of Buddhism regularly attend, and there are numerous panels, presentations, and public events that focus on Buddhist history, thought, and culture.
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.
To celebrate this new arrangement, the IASBS will host a reception at this year’s AAR meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
The reception is scheduled for Saturday, November 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, Whitehall Ballroom North, 550 Light St, Baltimore. Please join us to celebrate this new relationship, meet scholars and practitioners working in the fields of Shin and Pure Land Buddhist Studies, and learn more about both the IASBS and AAR. The reception is open to the public.
Also at this year’s AAR will be a panel dedicated to studies of Shinran. The panel, “(Re)imagining the Founder: Shinran in Modern Japanese History,” features Shin Buddhist scholars including Orion Klautau, Melissa Anne-Marie Curley, Makoto Hayashi, and others. Papers will explore new and emerging scholarship on Shinran’s life and biography.
The panel is scheduled for Sunday, November 24, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Marriott Inner Harbor, Grand Ballroom West, 110 South Eutaw Street, Baltimore. The panel is also open to the public.
For more information on the American Academy of Religion, please visit http://www.aarweb.org.
For more information on the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies, please visit http://www.iasbs.org.
And for questions regarding this year’s events at the AAR, please contact Scott Mitchell at the Institute of Buddhist Studies.
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 opportunity for students and faculty to share their experiences bringing a Buddhist religious orientation into action in ministry and chaplaincy. Upon completion of the symposium there was consensus that another meeting would be beneficial,” said Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean.
In the first session, Daijaku Kinst, Director, Chaplaincy Program at IBS, presented a paper titled, “What Makes Buddhist Chaplaincy Buddhist? Developing an Educational Foundation for Buddhist Chaplains and Ministers in a Multi-Tradition and Multi-Faith Setting.” Dawn Neal, IBS Chaplaincy student’s presentation was titled, “Offering Buddhist Practice Outside Buddhism: Considerations for Training Buddhist Chaplains.” Adrinanne Vincent, HDS, presented, “Buddhist Hospital Chaplaincy, Vipassana Meditation, and Caring for Cancer Patients and Caregivers.” Kazuha Fujii, Ryukoku University, presented a paper on, “Practical Shin Buddhist Studies: A Student ‘s Perspective.”
The keynote address was delivered by Seigen Yamaoka, IBS. He spoke on the topic, “Making Ministry Practical: Changing Roles in Japan. He spoke on the movement for the rise of what is called “practical ministry” as a new movement in educating ministers in Japan.
The second session on Saturday began with Peter Yuichi Clark, American Baptist Seminary of the West and Manager of Spiritual Care Services at UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. He spoke on, “ Offering Respectful Care While Navigating Multi-Racial and Multi-Religious Boundaries.” Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick, HDS, presented, “Exploring Buddhist Ministry in the Pulpit and in 12-Step Groups.” Matthew Hamasaki, IBS Ministry, presented, “Ministering to Diversity: The Jodo Shinshu Sangha in America.” Margaret Lowe, HDS, presented, “Buddhist Ministries in the Church.”
The third session presenter, Cheryl Giles, Francis Greenwood Peabody Professor of the Practice in Pastoral Care and Counseling, HDS, due to illness was not able to make her presentation titled, “Self Renewal Through Natural Empathy: Caring for Ourselves and Others.” Bill Dearth, IBS Ministry, presented, “Ministering to the LGBT Community in BCA Temples.” Chenxing Han, IBS Chaplaincy, presented, “Voices from the Two-Thirds: Young Adult Asian American Engage with Buddhism.” Nancy Chu, HDS, presented, “The Role of Pain in Transformative Religious Practices.
The fourth session had Trent Thornley, IBS Chaplaincy, present, “Skill in Storytelling What the Ariyapariyesana Sutta (Noble Search) Offers Buddhist Caregivers.” Sarah Jabbour, HDS, presented, Dharma in Dying.” Dr. Payne, IBS, presented, “To Whom does Kisa Gotami Speak? A Tale of Three Audiences.”
In concluding the symposium, Dr. Payne thanked Ms. Gillette for her help in working on the program, and the following IBS staff for their support: Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, Dr. Scott Mitchell, Dr. Takahiro Kameyama, Rev. Yufuko Kurioka, and the IBS Office staff, Linda Shiozaki, Sayaka Inaishi, and Lia Noguchi.
Photo of presenters:
Front row Left to Right: Trent Thornley (IBS), Dr. Cheryl Giles (HDS), Chenxing Han (IBS), Nancy Chu (HDS), Margaret Lowe (HDS), Matthew Hamasaki (IBS), and Dr. Richard Payne.
Back row: Dr. Daijaku Kinst (IBS), Dr. Seigen Yamaoka (IBS), Kazuha Fujii (Ryukoku), Dawn Neal (IBS), Adrianne Vincent (HDS), Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick (HDS), Sarah Jabbour (HDS), and Julie Gillette (HDS).
Not pictured are: Bill Dearth (IBS) and Dr. Peter Yuichi Clark (ABSW).
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 Buddhist Churches of America. Some of these events will be featured in forthcoming episode of the Institute’s Podcast, available here.
Prof. Shigaraki is one of the leading Shin Buddhist thinkers in the world today. His innovative approach to traditional Shin Buddhist ideas via comparative religious scholarship and rational analysis has made him a cause celebre in the Shin Buddhist world. He has served as President of Ryukoku University, one of Japan’s oldest and most prestigious universities, where he received his PhD in Literary Studies and is a Professor Emeritus of Shin Buddhist studies. Dr. Shigaraki has also served as Chairman of the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, the largest Shin Buddhist organization in the world.
Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path was translated by David Matsumoto, professor of contemporary Shin Buddhist studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies.
To purchase the book, please visit Wisdom Publications.
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.”
“This two-day symposium will explore the ways that engaging the insights of how the Dharma can benefit people at the times of greatest suffering, frustration and disappointment, and the role of minister and chaplain in assisting others at and through hose times of need,” said, Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean.
IBS and Harvard students and faculty will present papers to be discussed in their field of study.
Friday, May 3
3:00 – 3:30 pm Opening Greetings
3:30 – 5:30 pm First Panel
5:30 – 6:00 pm Break/Refreshments
6:00 – 7:00 pm Keynote: “Buddhist Chaplaincy and Practical Ministry in an International Context.”
Saturday, May 4
8:30 – 9:00 am Opening Greetings
9:00 – 11:00 am Second Panel
11:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 – 3:00 pm Third Panel
3:00 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 5:30 pm Fourth Panel
5:30 - 6:00 pm Closing
The symposium is free and open to the public. Those who wish to participate are asked to register online.
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.
The first is the Winter Pacific Seminar 21st Century, held on Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. The title of his presentation is The Path of the Nembutsu. He will speak in Japanese with English translation by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, Institute of Buddhist Studies. The presentation will be followed by a dialogue with Dr. Shigaraki.
The event is co-sponsored by the IBS and the BCA Center for Buddhist Education, and hosted by the BCA Southern District Ministers Association and Buddhist Education Committee.
Registration donation of $30.00 includes lunch. Deadline is February 4, 2013. Southern District Temple members are asked to register through their local temple. General registration should visit the BCA website.
The second is the IBS and CBE sponsored Conversation with Shigarkgi-sensei on Tuesday, February 26,2013, at the San Mateo Marriott
Hotel. All BCA ministers, minister emeritus, and minister’s assistants are invited to take part in an informal conversation about the teachings and path of Jodo Shinshu with Shigaraki sensei. A light meal will follow.
Dr. Shigaraki’s final presentation, Tradition and Insight: Our encounter with the true essence of the Pure Land Way, will be presented on Thursday, February 28 in conjunction with the BCA National Council Meeting. The keynote address will explore the roles that a received tradition and personal engagement play in our realization of the truth of meaning of Jodo Shinshu. Presentations will also be made by Dr. Michael Conway of the Eastern Buddhist Society, and Rev Henry Adams of the Oxnard Buddhist Temple. The symposium is free of charge and open to all interest persons.
The symposium is sponsored by the IBS with the generous financial support of the George T. Aratani Endowment for the IBS Center for Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies.
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 9:00 pm at the Jodo Shinshu Center
All lectures will be given in Japanese with English translation.
Free and open to the public.
Monday, December 03, 2012, 3:22 pm
Call for papers:
The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures: History, Image, Praxis, Thought
University of British Columbia | Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, 2013
Abstracts due: February 1, 2013
Papers due: May 23, 2013
For more information, visit the conference website here.
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.
Please see the conference website for more information.
Monday, December 03, 2012, 9:31 am
Buddhist Ritual, Buddhist Culture
Update: Proposal Deadline Extended
The Institute of Buddhist Studies’ 3rd Annual Graduate Student Symposium
Keynote speaker Dr. Justin McDaniel
University of Pennsylvania
April 13th, 2013
Institute of Buddhist Studies
Call for Papers
We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 3rd Annual Graduate Student Symposium at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. Our theme this year is “Buddhist Ritual, Buddhist Culture.” Buddhist ritual practices are shaped by their location and are affected by the ritual objects. How does the material world determine the ways that Buddhism is practiced? How do Buddhists use ritual objects? In turn, how does Buddhism shape these objects and transform the physical world? What is the impact, for example, on the physical world as a result of religious pilgrimage or tourism? How do Buddhists transform physical objects in the process of ritualization? This symposium will focus on these themes and will consider both historical and contemporary uses of material objects in Buddhist ritual, Buddhism’s impact on cultural materials, and the relationships between Buddhism and sacred objects.
We invite graduate students to submit proposals considering one or more of these topics, either historically or contemporarily. Proposals should be no more than 200 words, and include the paper’s title and the author’s name, affiliation, and contact information. Please submit proposals to courtney.bruntz -at - gmail no later than January 31, 2013.
Professor McDaniel’s keynote address is being generously supported by the Yehan Numata Foundation.
Submission of Abstract: January 31, 2013
Notification of Proposal Result: February 15, 2013
Submission of Full Paper: April 1, 2013
Conference Event: April 13, 2013