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Monthly Archive for May 2011

Buddhist Chaplaincy Conference

Monday, May 16, 2011, 9:00 am

Some 30 people, with various interest in Buddhist chaplaincy attended the first “Buddhist Chaplaincy Conference: An Overview of Spiritual Care Giving,” co-sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Sati Center Program for Buddhist Chaplaincy at the Jodo Shinshu Center , Saturday, May 7, 2011.

Rev. Jennifer Block, a teacher at the Sati Center, and Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst, IBS Pastoral Care professor, presented a wide range of material on Buddhist Chaplaincy including a definition of chaplaincy and spiritual care, the day to day duties of a chaplain in various settings, and what distinguishes Buddhist chaplains.

They also described the path to becoming certified chaplains including the graduate academic program at IBS, the training program at the Sati Center, and the role of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Rev. Rod Seeger, the retired Director of Spiritual Care Services at University of California San Francisco medical center gave a presentation on the work of the chaplain, particularly in hospital setting based on his years of service as chaplain and chaplain supervisor.

2011 Commencement

Thursday, May 12, 2011, 2:12 pm

2011 graduates
Three Institute of Buddhist Studies’ students received their Master Degrees at Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 6, 2011 at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley. The presentations were made by Dr. Leroy Morishiata, Chair of the IBS Board of Trustees.

The event was chaired by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto and began with Opening Service led by Bishop Koshin Ogui, Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America and President of IBS. Opening remarks were made by Dr. Richard Payne, Dean of the IBS, and Dr. Morishita.

The commencement address was presented by Rev. Nobuo Miyaji, Rinban of the Fresno Betsuin Buddhist Temple, who spoke on the importance of Shin Buddhist Education.

IBS graduates included:

  • Linda Diane Dorse, “Dogen in the Kitchen: Expressions of Shikantaza in Instruction for the Cook,” with thesis committee members Dr. Lisa Grumbach, Dr. Matsumoto, and Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst
  • Takashi Miyaji, “Shackles of Doubt,” with thesis committee members, Dr. Matsumoto, Dr. Nobuo Haneda, and Rev. Dr. Seigen Yamaoka. (His degree was accepted by his father, Rev . Miyaji.)
  • Victoria Rose Pinto, “Shinnyo-en: “An Early History,” with committee members, Dr. Payne, Dr. Grumbach, and Dr, Jerome Bagget

Takashi Miyaji is currently attending Ryukoku University, Kyoto, in the Department of Shin Buddhist Studies, and Pinto will be attending the University of Southern California and working for her doctorate in the Department of East Asian Studies, Religion, in the fall.

Dr.Morishita, representing the IBS Trustees, publically announced the appointment of Dr. Yamaoka as the H.E. Kosho Ohtani Chair for Shin Buddhist Studies. Dr. Yamaoka is a Core Faculty member of the IBS and also a Core Doctoral Faculty member of the Graduate Theological Union.

Buddha Day Vesak Celebration

June 5, 2011
3:00 pmto5:00 pm

Peace and Harmony
dharma wheel
Please join us on Sunday June 5 to celebrate the birth, enlightenment, and passing away of Śākyamuni Buddha.

The Buddhist Council of Northern California together with the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Center for Buddhist Education will host the annual Buddha Day (Vesak) Celebration with theme “Peace and Harmony,” on Sunday, June5, 2011 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley.

This event brings together Buddhist from the various traditions in Northern California to celebrate together the historic events of the historical Buddha.

The Dharma message for this event is the Rev. Kodo Umezu, Director of the Center for Buddhist Education at the JSC.

Free and open to the public. Please join us!

Sunday June 5, 2011
3:00 to 5:00 PM
Jodo Shinshu Center
2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA

For more information please contact us here.

Spring 2011 Numata Lecture

Monday, May 09, 2011, 9:00 am

Lori Meeks
“Making Sense of the Blood Bowl Sutra: Gender, Pollution, and Salvation in Buddhist Sermons from Early Modern Japan,” was the Institute of Buddhist Studies’ Spring Numata Lecture topic presented by Dr. Lori Meeks of University of Southern California.

Dr. Meeks explained that sometime during the late fourteenth and early fifteenth century, several variants of an indigenous Chinese sutra known at the “Blood Bowl Sutra” were transmitted to Japan. The short sutra scripture teaches that women are fated to fall into a special hell known as the “Blood Pond Hell” in retribution for polluting the earth with the impurity of their reproductive blood.

By the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, temples throughout Japan actively promoted the cult of the Blood Bowl Hell as a means of saving women. Dr. Meeks presented two early modern commentaries on the text in an effort to understand how priests presented the teachings to a new audience of lay men and women.

Dr. Meeks received her Ph.D. 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.

Audio and video of her talk can be found on our podcast.

For more information about past and future Numata Lectures, please visit our News & Events page.

Pacific Seminar 21st Century

June 24, 2011toJune 26, 2011

The Path to the Pure Land
Why is the Nembutsu Relevant to my Life Today?

The Pacific Seminar is an annual event co-sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Center for Buddhist Education, held at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley, California, and is open to the general public.

This year’s seminar will focus on The Path to the Pure Land — Why is the Nembutsu relevant to my life today?

Participants will have the rare opportunity to explore this question with four guest speakers: Reverend John Iwohara, Rev. Gregory Gibbs, Rev. Harry Bridge and Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara.

For more details and registration information, please visit the CBE event page here.

IBS 2011 Graduate Commencement

May 6, 2011
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Join the IBS graduating class of 2011 for a commencement event on Friday, May 6, 2011 in the Kodo at the Jodo Shinshu Center.

Details are forthcoming.

Buddhist Chaplaincy: an Overview of Spiritual Caregiving

May 7, 2011
10:00 amto5:00 pm

Saturday May 7, 2011

Chaplains provide spiritual care and support to people in places such as hospitals, hospices, prisons and a wide variety of other settings. The work is wonderfully challenging nad satisfying. In recent years, Dharma practitioners have been experiencing chaplaincy as a powerful opportunity to practice engaged Buddhism, and for some, as a vocation and profession.

Join us for an explanation of this field of service, which is gaining in size and scope in Dharma communities. Professional chaplains and educators will introduce aspects of chaplaincy, including: a definition of chaplaincy, its history, settings, where chaplains serve, and the steps one can take to become a volunteer or professional chaplain (including educational requirements) as a Buddhist practitioner.

Information about the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Training and the Institutes of Buddhist Studies’ Chaplaincy Degree Program will also be provided.

All are welcome!

Co-sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Sati Center and featuring Rev. Daijaku Judith Kinst and Rev. Jennifer Block.

Please contact Rev. Kinst for more information.

Institute of Buddhist Studies
2140 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, CA

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