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Monthly Archive for February 2012

New Book: Arts of Contemplative Care

Friday, February 24, 2012, 9:12 am

A new book is being published by Wisdom Publications, titled The Arts of Contemplative Care, which explores the budding field of Buddhist contemplative care.

Contemplative care, of course, is of particular importance to our community, our chaplaincy and ministerial students. And this forthcoming title features an essay by the Institute of Buddhist Studies’ faculty member Daijaku Judith Kinst.

Rev. Daijaku Kinst, ordained in the Soto Zen tradition and a dharma successor in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, teaches graduate courses in Buddhist Studies, Contemplative Psychology, and Spiritual Direction and has an ongoing commitment to interfaith dialogue. She is the Institute’s director for chaplaincy training.

Check out the book’s Facebook page for updates on its release.

Spring Events at the Institute of Buddhist Studies

Monday, February 20, 2012, 11:25 am

The Institute of Buddhist Studies is pleased to announce the following spring events. All events are free and open to the public and will be held at:

the Institute of Buddhist Studies, 2140 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704.

Graduate Student Symposium:

Second Annual Graduate Student symposium: “Globalization, Tourism, Modernization, and the Religions of Asia.”

The symposium will highlight work by graduate students, who will present a range of topics within the field of Religious Studies. Considerations will include religious tourism, cultural transformation of texts and practices, and modern and contemporary activities of Buddhists.

The event will take place on Friday March 16th from 1:00pm – 5:30pm, with a light reception to follow.

If you’re on Facebook, RSVP on our event page. (The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required!)

 

Spring 2012 Ryūkoku Lecture Series

True Teaching, Practice and Realization: its aim and the formation of Shinran’s Pure Land Teaching

Presented by Professor Hisashi Tonouchi, Ryūkoku University

All lectures will be held at 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Thursday March 8: Features and Critiques of Hōnen’s Pure Land Teaching

Thursday March 15: Birth through the nembutsu: Shinran’s explications of practice and shinjin

Thursday March 22: The Jōgen Suppression and Shinran’s admonition against self-power

 

Spring 2012 Numata Lecture:

Our spring 2012 Numata Lecture will feature noted Buddhist teacher and author, Franz Metcalf.

The lecture will be held on Friday April 27 at 3 p.m., and is also free and open to the publuc.

This event has been rescheduled. Please see our news blog for updates.

And check our News and Events blog for upcoming details regarding our 2012 commencent ceremony to honor our graduates.

 

2012 Ryukoku Lecture: Series True Teaching, Practice and Realization, part 1

March 8, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

2012 Ryūkoku Lecture Series
True Teaching, Practice and Realization: its aim and the formation of Shinran’s Pure Land Teaching

Presented by Professor Hisashi Tonouchi, Ryūkoku University

Thursday March 8, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Features and Critiques of Hōnen’s Pure Land Teaching

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held at the Institute of Buddhist Studies

2140 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, Ca 94704

Download a flyer for these events.

2012 Ryukoku Lecture Series: True Teaching, Practice and Realization, part 2

March 15, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

2012 Ryūkoku Lecture Series
True Teaching, Practice and Realization: its aim and the formation of Shinran’s Pure Land Teaching

Presented by Professor Hisashi Tonouchi, Ryūkoku University

Thursday March 15, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Birth through the nembutsu: Shinran’s explications of practice and shinjin

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held at the Institute of Buddhist Studies

2140 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, Ca 94704

Download a flyer for these events.

Graduate Student Symposium: Globalization, Tourism, Modernization, and Religions of Asia

March 16, 2012
1:00 pmto5:30 pm

We are pleased to announce the Institute of Buddhist Studies’ Second Annual Graduate Student symposium: “Globalization, Tourism, Modernization, and the Religions of Asia.”

The symposium will highlight work by graduate students, who will present a range of topics within the field of Religious Studies. Considerations will include religious tourism, cultural transformation of texts and practices, and modern and contemporary activities of Buddhists.

The event will take place 1:00pm – 5:30pm, Friday March 16th at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, with a light reception to follow.

RSVP on our Facebook page.

This event is free and open to the public.

Presenters include:

Courtney Bruntz, Graduate Theological Union: “Religious Tourism in Contemporary China: A Case Study of Beijing Temple Reconstruction and the 2008 Olympics.”

Chenxing Han, Institute of Buddhist Studies: “What’s Buddhism got to do with it?: Popular and scientific perspectives on mindful eating.”

Jared Gardner, Maitripa College and Starr King School for the Ministry: “Globalism, Capitalism and Race: Toward a Buddhist Theology of Racial Justice.”

Victoria Pinto, University of Southern California: “Encounter and Passage: A Look at ‘The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito’ Exhibit in North America.”

Sarah Whylly, Florida State University: “Tannisho Translations.”

Xiao Yang, Northwestern University: “Art as Skillful Means (upāya方便), Art for New Chinese Citizens: Visual Strategies of Feng Zikai’s Buddhist-Inflected Sketches (1920-1940s).”

2012 Ryukoku Lecture Series: True Teaching, Practice and Realization, part 3

March 22, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

2012 Ryūkoku Lecture Series
True Teaching, Practice and Realization: its aim and the formation of Shinran’s Pure Land Teaching

Presented by Professor Hisashi Tonouchi, Ryūkoku University

Thursday March 22, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
The Jōgen Suppression and Shinran’s admonition against self-power

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held at the Institute of Buddhist Studies
2140 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, Ca 94704

Download a flyer for these events.

Never Forget. Never Again, a message from George Takei

Sunday, February 19, 2012, 9:56 am

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“Seventy years ago today, the President signed a decree that sent me and my family to a prison camp. Hear my story, and learn how you can help fulfill our pledge: Never Forget. Never Again.

We have a tremendous opportunity, through the medium of theater, to reach hundreds of thousands with this incredible story of strength, honor and courage in a time of great sadness and injustice in America. Please watch the video all the way through, and take 5 minutes to make a contribution that says, “I care, George.” Any amount helps, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

George Takei

“The Nembutsu”

Thursday, February 09, 2012, 7:55 am

Short clip of Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge playing his version of “The Nembutsu.”

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