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Buddhism or Buddhisms? Rhetorical consequences of geo-political categories

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.

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IASBS Now Affiliated RSO with AAR

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).

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IBS Intensive Summer Seminar

Monday, June 18, 2012, 9:00 am

Dr. Mark Blum, Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Albany, SUNY, East Asian Studies Department, will conduct an Intensive Study Program on the subject of “Shinran and the Nirvana Sutra (Mahaparinirvana Sutra)” Monday, July 9 to Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, daily at the Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley, [...]

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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

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