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Monthly Archive for February 2011

IBS Graduate Student Symposium

April 1, 2011
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

Please join us on Friday, April 1 from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, for the Institute of Buddhist Studies’ first annual Graduate Student Symposium.

This year’s symposium will be a four-person panel composed of IBS and GTU students who will present ongoing research on Buddhism’s interaction with the modern world. Presenter include:

  • Dianne Muller (DSPT): The Concepts of White Buddhism and Double Belonging in Contemporary America
  • Trent Thornley (IBS): Coming Out Buddha
  • Courtney Bruntz (GTU-PhD): Nanhai Guanyin and Notions of the Colossus
  • Anthony Rodgers (IBS): Investigating Western Applications of Buddhadharma

This is our first annual symposium, a new venture of the IBS designed to give graduate students an opportunity for professional development. Small panels and colloquia provide students with an excellent setting in which to share their work and get feedback from their peers. Please come and support your fellow IBS and GTU students!

A light reception will follow the panel.

Please contact Courtney Bruntz or Scott Mitchell for more information, and check our website for updates.

GTU Graduate Fair for Prospective Master’s Students

April 2, 2011
9:30 amto1:30 pm

Come to this event for prospective Master’s degree students (MA, MDiv, and others) to meet representatives from the member schools, centers, and affiliates of the GTU and explore your interests in depth during panel discussions with faculty and students (and over lunch). Find out about a range of degree programs and the many fields of study offered in this ecumenical, interreligious graduate school community in Berkeley. Saturday, April 2, 9:30am to 1:30pm at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Refectory, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley. RSVP with the GTU Admissions Office,, 510/649-2460.

An IBS representative will be in attendance for student’s wishing to learn more about Buddhist Studies at the GTU!

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

April 8, 2011
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

There is an increasing need to advance the field of the clinical use of mindfulness. While current popular forms such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction are excellent ways to introduce the concept and practice of mindfulness to the general public, they do not capture the depth of the theory and practice of mindfulness as presented in the original teachings by the

The following talk will show how classical mindfulness can be translated into clinical application that will not only facilitate the efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy but also provide specific strategies to treat symptoms of anxiety disorders that are not adequately addressed by CBT.

This talk will be delivered by Lobsang Rapgay, faculty researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, Psychiatry Department.

Dr. Rapgay specializes in clinical behavioral medicine with focus on the assessment and treatment of chronic psychophysiological disorders and psychiatric symptoms. He has extensive training in psychoanalytical psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy, clinical hypnosis and clinical EEG and peripheral biofeedback. As a monk for over twenty years, he has studied Tibetan Buddhism extensively as well as the theory and practice of Tibetan medicine and practiced Tibetan medicine for several years.

This talk will be held at the Jodo Shinshu Center and is free and open to the public.

Spring 2011 Numata Lecture: Making Sense of the Blood Bowl Sutra with Lori Meeks

April 22, 2011
3:00 pmto5:00 pm

Please join us at 3:00 p.m. on April 22, 2011, for the Spring 2011 Numata Lecture.

This year’s Spring Lecture will be presented by Prof. Lori Meeks of the University of Southern California. She will be presenting new research titled: “Making Sense of the Blood Bowl Sutra: Gender, Pollution, and Salvation in Buddhist Sermons from Early Modern Japan.”

The Numata Lecture will be hosted in the Kodo of the Jodo Shinshu Center at
2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

Lori Meeks received her PhD in East Asian Religions from Princeton University in 2003. Her research focuses on the social, cultural, and intellectual Histories of Japanese Buddhism, in particular, clarifying the roles of women as consumers and practitioners of Buddhism in the Heian and Kamakura periods.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and made possible by the Numata Foundation. For more information, please contact our offices or visit our News and Events Blog for updates.

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