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Narrative in Buddhist Texts, Practice and Transmission

April 18, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm

The IBS Numata Symposium, Narrative in Buddhist Texts, Practice and Transmission, will explore the significance of narrative in Buddhism from a variety of perspectives, in particular, the narrative core of its texts, structures of engagements of the Buddhist path, and new forms arising within a range of cultural contexts.

9:00 – 9:15 am
Opening Remarks

9:15 – 10:45 am
Narrative Amidst the Activities of Scripture
Dr. Charles Hallisey, Harvard Divinity School
Response and Discussion will follow

11:00 – 12:30 am
The Path from Metaphor to Narrative: Gampopa’s Jewel Ornament of Liberation
Dr. Richard K. Payne, Institute of Buddhist Studies
Response and Discussion will follow

12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:00 pm
Mara Re-imagined: Stories of the ‘Evil One’ in Changing Contexts
Dr. Michael D. Nichols, Saint Joseph’s College (Indiana)
Response and Discussion will follow

3:15 – 5:00 pm
Round Table Discussion and Closing Remarks

This symposium is free and open to the public.

Summer Pacific Seminar

July 4, 2014toJuly 6, 2014

“Sea of Suffering, Ocean of Compassion”

Featuring Dr. Taitetsu Unno, Rev. Tetsuo Unno and Prof. Mark Unno

July 4-6, 2014, Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA

This event will be hosted in Asilomar and is being co-sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Education.

Spring Pacific Seminar

March 22, 2014
9:00 amto3:30 pm

“The Benefits of a Life of Shinjin”

Featuring Prof. Nobuhiro Fukagawa of Ryukoku University

March 22, 2014, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Gardena Buddhist Church, 1517 W. 166th St., Gardena, CA 90247

This event will be hosted in Southern California and is being co-sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Education.

2014 Ryukoku Lectures: Issues in Shin Buddhist Propagational Studies

Issues in Shin Buddhist Propagational Studies

Prof. Nobuhiro Fukagawa of the Department of Shin Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University

2014 Ryukoku Lectures: Issues in Shin Buddhist Propagational Studies

March 19, 2014
6:00 pmto9:00 pm
March 20, 2014
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

Issues in Shin Buddhist Propagational Studies

Prof. Nobuhiro Fukagawa of the Department of Shin Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University

Two new releases in the Contemporary Issues in Buddhist Studies series

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.

and

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.

Conversation with Takahiko Kameyama

October 31, 2013
1:30 pmto2:30 pm

The Graduate Theological Union’s Asia Project is hosting an informal conversation with Dr. Takahiko Kameyama, a post-doctoral research fellow here at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. His talk is titled “Attaining Buddhahood in this very body: the interpretation of medieval Shingon Buddhist consecration rituals.”

Bring your lunch! Tea and snacks will be provided. PSR MUD 204.

This event is being hosted by the Asia Project. Please contact them for more information.

Free and open to the public.

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