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News, Announcements, and Events from the Institute of Buddhist Studies

2012 Institute of Buddhist Studies Commencement

Monday, May 21, 2012, 9:00 am

Five Institute Of Buddhist Studies’ students received their Master Degrees at a commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18, 2012 at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley.

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Second Annual Graduate Student Symposium

Monday, March 26, 2012, 9:01 am

The Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA sponsored and held its Second Annual Graduate Symposium that presented work from graduate students across the United States. Institutions represented included Florida State University, the Graduate Theological Union, the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Maitripa College, Northwestern University, and University of Southern California. Within the fields of Art History, Buddhist Studies, and Religious Studies, students presented papers focused on the theme of Globalization, Tourism, Modernization and the Religions of Asia.

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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Never Forget. Never Again, a message from George Takei

Sunday, February 19, 2012, 9:56 am

“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, [...]

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“The Nembutsu”

Thursday, February 09, 2012, 7:55 am

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

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Gil Fronsdal: Making a Difference, A Vision for the Role of Mindfulness in Society

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 11:24 am

via vimeo.com

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The Buddhist Forum now available on our website

Monday, January 30, 2012, 9:00 am

The Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, is pleased to announce that the entire run of The Buddhist Forum will be made available as downloadable PDFs on the IBS website.
The Buddhist Forum was first published by the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (issues numbered 1 through 5), and by the Institute of [...]

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New Publication: Buddhism in the Modern World

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 9:39 am

Routledge has published a new volume, edited by David L. McMahan, titled Buddhism in the Modern World.

In Buddhism in the Modern World, McMahan brings together sixteen scholars to discuss various aspects of modern Buddhism in contemporary Asia and the West. Scholars from Martin Baumann and Paul David Numrich to Damien Keown and Cristina Rocha explore how Buddhism is practiced from Southeast Asia to Europe, how it influences ethics and social engagement, culture and politics.

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Graduate Student Symposium Call for Papers

Monday, December 12, 2011, 8:23 am

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 2nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. Our theme this year is “Globalization, Tourism, Modernization, and the Religions of Asia.”

Both in Asia and in the West, religions are transformed by globalization, tourism, and modernization. This conference invites graduate students to submit proposals considering how one or more of these topics affect religions of Asia, either in the U.S. or abroad.

Proposals should be between 150 to 200 words, and include the paper’s title and the author’s name, affiliation, and contact information. Please submit proposals to Courtney Bruntz no later than January 1, 2012.

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