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2011 Ryukoku Lectures: The Hongwanji: Institutional and Doctrinal Developments in the Tokugawa Era

Thursday, February 17, 2011, 5:13 pm

The Institute of Buddhist Studies 2011 Ryūkoku Lectures

The History of the Shin Buddhist Tradition: significant persons, moments and issues

by Professor Atsushi Hirata
Department of History
Ryūkoku University, Kyoto, Japan

Professor Atsushi Hirata will deliver the 2011 Ryūkoku Lectures at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. The lectures will take place on the following dates at the Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 2:10-5:00 pm
Buddhadharma and the feudal system

Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 2:10-5:00 pm
The Sangō Wakuran incident and its impact

Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 2:10-5:00 pm
Hongwanji and the State: the two truth theory

All of Professor Hirata’s lectures will be given in Japanese, with English translation. These lectures are open to public, without charge for admission. All interested persons are invited and encouraged to attend Prof. Hirata’s lectures.

Noboru and Yaeko Hanyu Buddhist Chaplaincy Professorial Chair

Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 12:16 pm

Noboru Hanyu

Noboru Hanyu, on January 26, 2011, established a $500,000.00 endowed professorial chair at the Institute of Buddhist Studies to honor his late wife Yaeko, who passed away on November 1, 2002. He attributes his life long association with the Buddhist Churches of America to the support of his loving wife.

“This chair is my way of expressing my appreciation to Yae for her support and will keep alive her spirit of dana for the Buddhist movement in America,” Hanyu said.

The IBS is a graduate seminary of Buddhist ministry, and Buddhist studies. The chair will be named the Noboru and Yaeko Hanyu Buddhist Chaplaincy Professorial Chair and will be gifted through Mr. Hanyu’s Living Trust. The IBS Endowment is part of the BCA 21st Century Campaign; therefore, the BCA Endowment Foundation will administer the assets of the fund. The IBS Dean’s office in consultation with the faculty and Board of Trustees will determine the use of the funds.

Hanyu, a long time member of the Buddhist Church of San Francisco, while being active at the temple has been taking many leadership roles in the Buddhist Churches of America. In 2009, he was awarded BCA Lifetime Service Award for his dedication to BCA for over 60 years.

His various positions with the BCA include President of the BCSF, President of the, BCA, Chair of the Sustaining Membership Program, Chair of the BCA Minister’s Pension Program, BCA Headquarters Administrative Officer, Treasurer of the Campaign for Buddhism in America, and Treasurer of the BCA Endowment Foundation from 1965 to 2008.

“On behalf of the IBS, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Hanyu for his generous gift. Buddhist chaplaincy is a new development, one that allows the propagation of the Buddhist teaching in hospitals, and hospices, jails and prisons, in military and university settings. Chaplains are trained to serve anyone and everyone in need, no matter what the person’s religious affiliation. The purpose is to serve that individual, to make real the spirit of compassion that is the heart of the Buddha’s message.

“This is an important area of future growth for Buddhists in the United States today, and the support of the Noboru and Yaeko Hanyu Endowment will make it possible for IBS to train a new generation of Buddhist leaders, manifesting compassion in the most difficult of life situations, those of disease and death, punishment and servitude, loneliness and isolation,” stated Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean.

Photo credit: Seated Mr. Noboru Hanyu. Standing L to R: Dr. Richard Payne, Phung Kim Le, and Rev. Kengu Kobata. (Insert photo: Mr. and Mrs. Noboru and Yaeko Hanyu.)

Buddhism and Contemporary Psychology Certificate Program

Friday, May 21, 2010, 9:02 am

The Institute of Buddhist Studies is pleased to announce an certificate program, the Buddhism and Contemporary Psychology Certificate Program.

The interface between Buddhism and psychotherapy is an increasingly important one, both for individual psychotherapists and for the practical integration of Buddhist teachings into contemporary Western society. While once the dialogue was carried on between two different groups of specialists — psychotherapists and Buddhist practitioners —today that dialogue is frequently carried on within the same person. There is also an increasing number of clients who are committed Buddhists seeking to work with psychotherapists who understand their worldview. Whether they are themselves committed to Buddhism, clinicians may wish to deepen and expand their practice as psychotherapists through a rigorous study of the Buddhist teachings.

For more information on this program, visit our website. Click here for program requirements.

And feel free to contact our offices for more information.

2010 Graduation Commencement

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 4:13 pm

The Institute of Buddhist Studies, a graduate seminary for Buddhist Studies, Shin Buddhist Ministry, and Buddhist Chaplaincy, will hold its graduation commencement ceremony on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley.

The commencement speaker will be Dr. Paul Harrison of Stanford University who is co-director of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies.

Degrees will be presented to the 2010 graduates followed by an Honorary Doctorate to be presented to Mr. George Aratani, of Hollywood, Ca., a long-time supporter of the IBS.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 10:00    Procession
  • 10:15    Opening Service
  • 10:30    Introduction of Guests
  • 10:40    Comments by Dr. Leroy Morishita, Chair IBS Board of Trustee
  • 10:55    Commencement Address: Dr. Harrison
  • 11:25    Presentation of diplomas
  • 11:40    Presentation of honorary Doctorate to Mr. Aratani
  • 11:45    Closing comments
  • 11:50    Recessional/oshoko by attendees
  • 12:00    Reception with refreshments

New GTU Certificate in Asian Faith Traditions and Cultures

Thursday, April 15, 2010, 3:39 pm

The 2010 Surjit Singh Lecture in Comparative Religious Thought and Culture was presented at the Pacific School of Religion on April 13, 2010. At the event, the Graduate Theological Union’s Asia Project announced a new certificate program open to GTU MA, MDiv, and PhD students: the Certificate in Asian and Oceanic Cultures and Faith Traditions (AOCFT).

The Institute of Buddhist Studies is pleased to support this certificate program, and a number of our courses, events, and special lectures will help fulfill many of the program’s requirements.

The AOCFT Program is aimed to offer an interdisciplinary, multi-faith, and cross-cultural program, which takes advantage of the academic offerings on Asia and Oceania at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), its member schools, and affiliates.  The overarching aim of the AOCFT Program is to facilitate a richer, more differentiated understanding of the faith traditions of Asia and Oceania.

For more information on this program, visit the Asia projects webpage here or download this informational flyer.

View a listing of courses that will fulfill program requirements here.

Event Update: New Time for Numata Lecture

Tuesday, April 06, 2010, 2:25 pm

Our Spring 2010 Numata Lecture, “How Dhāraṇīs Were Proto-tantric” by Jacob Dalton, has been rescheduled for 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 30, 2010.

Please refer to the event listing here for more information.

Spring 2010 Numata Lecture

Prof. Jacob Dalton of the University of California, Berkeley, will present this spring’s Numata lecture titled How Dhāraṇīs Were Proto-tantric: Ritual Uses of Buddhist Spells in Dunhuang and Beyond.

April 30, 2010, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Jodo Shinshu Center
2140 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Contact the IBS for more information.

Seattle Betsuin Spring Seminar

Monday, April 05, 2010, 9:47 am

Institute of Buddhist Studies Dean and Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies Richard K. Payne will be delivering the 2010 Spring English Seminar at the Seattle, Washington, Betsuin Buddhist Temple.

Dr. Payne’s talk is titled Confidence and Clarity: Realizing Shinjin. Pure Land Buddhist thought is wide-reaching and has a long history going back through Japan to China, Central Asia, and India. This workshop will focus on two particular moments in this history.

The Spring English Seminar will be held at the Seattle Temple on Saturday April 10, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information on this event, please contact the Seattle Betsuin directly or download this attached informational flyer.

Publication Announcement

Wednesday, March 03, 2010, 12:24 pm

how much is enough? buddhism, consumerism, and the human environment

How Much is Enough? Buddhism, Consumerism, and the Human Environment, recently published by Wisdom Publications, Boston, is a compilation of papers presented at the international symposium on “Buddhism and the Environment,” held at the Alumni House, University of California, Berkeley, on September 14, 2003. The symposium was organized by Professor Mitsuya Dake and Professor David Matsumoto, members of the faculty of Ryukoku University, Kyoto, and the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, respectively.

Dr. Richard K. Payne, Dean and Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California and a member of the doctoral faculty of the Graduate Theological Union is the editor of the publication.

“The emphasis that the symposium placed on the human environment highlights the interdependence of our human social reality with the encompassing and supporting natural world. Seeing the interdependence of the social and natural, we can experience more directly the karmic relations between our actions and the human environment around us, both social and natural, said Payne.

He also stated that the symposium brought to the forefront the concerns and efforts made by Buddhism and Shin Buddhism. “Shin Buddhism has an important contribution to make to the environmental crisis, and to other pressing concerns of our times,“ he concluded.

Papers and authors published in the book are: “Buddhist Environmentalism and Contemporary Japan,” Duncan Ryuken Williams, Director for the Center of Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; “ How Much is Enough?: Buddhist Perspective on Consumerism,” Stephanie Kaza, professor of environmental studies at University of Vermont; “Pure Land Buddhism and Its Perspective on the Environment,” Mitsuya Dake, Director of the Buddhism and the Environment Research Unit of the Center for Humanities, Science, and Religion at Ryukoku University, Kyoto; “Gary Snyder’s Ecosocial Buddhism,” David Barnhill, Director of Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; “Buddhist Economics to Save the Earth,” Shinichi Inoue, former President of the Japanese Miyazaki Bank; “The Noble Eightfold Path as a Prescription for Sustainable Living,”Tetsunori Koizumi, Professor Emeritus, Ryukoku University; “The Debate on Taking Life and Eating Meat in the Edo-Period Jodo Shin Tradition,” Ikuo Nakamura, member of the faculty at Gakushuin University, Tokyo; “ Buddhist Environmentalism,” Malcolm David Eckel, Boston University; and “The Early Buddhist Tradition and Ecological Ethics,” Lambert Schmithausen, Emeritus , University of Hamburg.

The book is available at Wisdom Press or the BCA Buddhist Bookstore, Berkeley.

YouTube channel now open

Monday, March 01, 2010, 11:27 am

The Institute of Buddhist Studies now has a YouTube Channel!

The new IBS YouTube channel will enable us to post shorter versions of our podcast video files as well as links to other important videos from the IBS and our extended network and community. For example, the Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Temples of Canada’s Living Dharma Centre has its own channel with a number of informative videos relating to Shin Buddhist practice.

Our first posted video is this short informational piece about the IBS history, programs, and student life: The Institute of Buddhist Studies: a commitment to Buddhist education.

In our continuing effort to connect with our students and community, we have been using a number of social networking tools in the last few years including Facebook and Twitter. So feel free to connect with our YouTube channel or subscribe for new videos.

2010 Ryukoku Lectures

Thursday, February 11, 2010, 9:00 am

Dr. Dennis Hirota, Professor in the Department of Shin Buddhist Studies at Ryukoku University, Kyoto, will be the Institute of Buddhist Studies Ryukoku Lecturer at the Jodo Shinshu Center Kodo, 2140 Durant Ave., Berkeley

Dr. Hirota is known for his translation work in “The Collected Works of Shinran” and published works such as “No Abode: The Record of Ippen,” “Toward a Contemporary Understanding of Pure Land Buddhism,” “Shinran: An Introduction to His Thought,” and “Tannisho: A Primer.”

He will speak on the topic “Shinran’s Phenomenology of Religious Life: Toward a Rethinking of Shinjin.” The topics date and times of his lecture will be:

  • Lecture One: “The Shin Buddhist Path and Truth” on Wednesday, March 10 from 2:10 to 5 p.m.
  • Lecture Two: “The Shin Buddhist Path and Time” on Tuesday, March 16 from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Lecture Three: “Shin Buddhist Path and Dwelling” on Wednesday, March 17 from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

The lectures will be given in English and are open to the public.

For more information, please contact David Matsumoto or call 510-809-1448.

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