News, Announcements, and Events from the Institute of Buddhist Studies
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.”
[ Read: Dharma at Times of Need: symposium jointly sponsored by IBS and Harvard ]
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.
[ Read: Three Lectures by Takamaro Shigaraki ]
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 [...]
[ Read: 2013 Ryukoku Lecture Series ]
Monday, December 03, 2012, 3:22 pm
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.
[ Read: Call for Papers: Pure Land Buddhism Conference ]
Monday, December 03, 2012, 9:31 am
We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 3rd Annual Graduate Student Symposium at the Institute of Buddhist Studies.
[ Read: Call for papers, Update: Proposal Deadline Extended ]
Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 11:15 am
Audio and video recordings from this fall’s symposium, Domestic Dharma: Beyond Texts, Beyond Monasteries, has been added to our podcast.
[ Read: Domestic Dharma keynotes added to the podcast ]
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 2:47 pm
The Institute of Buddhist Studies conducted its first Perpetual Memorial Service (Eitaikyo Service) on Thursday, November 8, 2012. The serviced honored some forty-five pioneers who gave much of their time and energy for the growth of the IBS.
The officiant for the service was Rev. Kodo Umezu, Bishop, Buddhist Churches of America, assisted by Rev. Marvin [...]
[ Read: First Annual Eitaikyo Service ]
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 2:54 pm
The Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS), seminary and graduate School, began its 2012 fall semester with a total of eighty students enrolled in its Buddhist Studies programs.
[ Read: 2012 Fall Semester enrollment ]
Monday, August 13, 2012, 9:54 am
The categorization of Buddhism along geo-political lines is perhaps the most common organizing principle today. It also tends to be accepted uncritically. Thus we find, without explanation, such expressions as “Indian Buddhism,” “Tibetan Buddhism,” “Chinese Buddhism,” “Burmese Buddhism,” and so on. These categories predominate not only in popular representations of Buddhism, such as the Buddhist magazines, but also in textbooks of both “world’s religions” and of Buddhism, in academic societies, and publishing, and perhaps the most durable entrenchment, in academic appointments.
[ Read: Buddhism or Buddhisms? Rhetorical consequences of geo-political categories ]
Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 1:04 pm
The North American District of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies is happy to announce that we have been accepted by the American Academy of Religion (AAR) as a Related Scholarly Organization (RSO).
[ Read: IASBS Now Affiliated RSO with AAR ]