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Buddhism without Borders: Contemporary Developments in Buddhism in the West

March 18, 2010 12:00 pmtoMarch 21, 2010 12:00 pm

Buddhism without Borders: Contemporary Developments in Buddhism in the West

The Institute of Buddhist Studies will host “Buddhism without Borders: Contemporary Developments in Buddhism in the West” in Berkeley, CA, March 19 — 21, 2010.

This conference seeks to explore contemporary and historical developments of Buddhist thought and practice in American Buddhisms, Buddhisms in the West, or Buddhisms outside Asia. How has the Buddhist tradition been shaped by the transnational movement of peoples, diasporas, or immigration? How has the rise of global communication, tourism, and capitalism affected the way Buddhism is understood, taught, and practiced? How do we define “modern” Buddhism? The West? Or even “Buddhism” itself in an increasingly globalized world?

Confirmed panelists include:
Thomas A. Tweed (keynote address)
Charles Prebish
Richard Huges Seager
Jeff Wilson
Eve Mullen
Wakoh Shannon Hickey

For more up-to-date information on this conference, confirmed panelists, tentative schedules, and registration information, please visit the conference event and registration page.

Buddhism without Borders: registration now open!

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 8:09 am

IBS 60th Anniversary

Registration is now open for the conference "Buddhism without Borders: Contemporary Buddhism in the West," March 18-21, 2010 at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA. Conference schedule, details, and registration are available at the conference webpage here.

How has Buddhism outside Asia been shaped by diaspora and immigration? How has the increase in global tourism, communication, and capitalism affected the way Buddhism is understood, taught, and practiced? These and other themes will be explored in a four-day conference hosted by the Institute of Buddhist Studies, in Berkeley, California.

Keynote Address by Prof. Thomas Tweed, author of The American Encounter with Buddhism and Crossing and Dwelling. Panelists include Franz Metcalf, Charles Prebish, Richard Hughes Seager, Eve Mullen, Duncan Ryūken Williams, Jeff Wilson, Wakoh Shannon Hickey and many others.

Buddhism without Borders: Contemporary Developments in Buddhism in the West

Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 8:40 am

The Institute of Buddhist Studies is pleased to announce “Buddhism without Borders: Contemporary Developments in Buddhism in the West”

This conference seeks to explore contemporary and historical developments of Buddhist thought and practice in American Buddhisms, Buddhisms in the West, or Buddhisms outside Asia. How has the Buddhist tradition been shaped by the transnational movement of peoples, diasporas, or immigration? How has the rise of global communication, tourism, and capitalism affected the way Buddhism is understood, taught, and practiced? How do we define “modern” Buddhism? The West? Or even “Buddhism” itself in an increasingly globalized world?

These and other themes will be explored in a series of panels held at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA, March 19–21, 2010.

Confirmed panelists include
Thomas A. Tweed (keynote address)
Charles Prebish
Richard Huges Seager
Jeff Wilson
Eve Mullen
Wakoh Shannon Hickey

More details will be posted to our News and Events blog over the coming months. For more information, please contact Scott Mitchell at scott@shin-ibs.edu.

The Institute of Buddhist Studies is a graduate school and Buddhist seminary located in Berkeley, California. Founded in 1964 to train ministers for the Buddhist Churches of America, today the IBS offers multiple degree and non-degree programs, distance and online learning opportunities, and chaplaincy training. Through our affiliation with the Graduate Theological Union and close ties to the University of California, Berkeley, students have the opportunity to study Buddhism from multiple perspectives in a diverse and enriching setting.

Hiroji Kariya Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Friday, April 03, 2009, 9:00 am

Hiroji Kariya, a long time resident of Mountain View, California, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute of Buddhist Studies, at the Buddhist Churches of America National Council Banquet, Saturday, February 28, 2009 at Irvine, CA. He was also awarded a BCA Lifetime Service Award.

The IBS is a graduate school for Buddhist Ministry and Research and is an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of religious schools, in Berkeley

The award was made for his long dedication to the Shin Buddhist movement in the United States and in particular his leadership and generosity for the development of the IBS.

Since 1997, Kariya has been the Chair of the IBS Trustees until his retirement in 2008. During those years, IBS has grown and developed into strong graduate educational institutions for Buddhist ministry and research. His monetary gifts made it possible to be apart of the new campus at the Jodo Shinshu Center located at 2140 Durant Ave., Berkeley.
Kariya has given distinguished service throughout his life to his local temple, the BCA, Hongwanji, and IBS.

He was president of the Mountain View Buddhist temple from 1966-1967 and 1970-1971, BCA President in 1974 at the time of the BCA’s 75th Anniversary, an IBS trustee from the early 1960’s, from 1983- 1993 he was the National Chair for the BCA’s Campaign for Buddhism in America raising over $11,000,000.00. This was the first attempt of the BCA to raise major funds for the programs of the national organization. As chair of the campaign he made many trips to Japan to promote the IBS and BCA at his own expense.

In 1989 he was appointed by Monshu Koshin Ohtani, spiritual head of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, Kyoto, Japan, to the Hongwanji Sanyo, which is a lay organization to help and support the Monshu. Kariya was the first person outside of Japan to be so honored.

Women in American Buddhism conference video online

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 8:53 am

This past August, the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Tri-State Denver Buddhist Temple hosted the Women in American Buddhism Conference. The conference was a great success, and the organizers wish to thank all who attended and presented!

Video footage from the event is now available online at the Institute’s website:
http://www.shin-ibs.edu/denver-video/

Short videos from the Keynote Address by Judith Simmer Brown are available for download as well as footage from panels including: “The Role of Bhikkunis and Monastics in the U.S.,” “Buddhism, Women, and Society,” and “Entwinement and Liberation.”

More videos will be added to this page over the coming months, so be sure to bookmark it and check back often. (Or, subscribe to the page’s RSS feed here:
feed://www.shin-ibs.edu/denver-video/index.xml)

And of course our full video archive can be accessed at the Digital Lecture Archive at the IBS website here:
http://www.shin-ibs.edu/academics/_dla/

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