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Call for Papers: Pure Land Buddhism Conference

Monday, December 03, 2012, 3:22 pm

Call for papers:
The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures: History, Image, Praxis, Thought

University of British Columbia | Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, 2013

Abstracts due: February 1, 2013
Papers due: May 23, 2013

For more information, visit the conference website here.

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.

Please see the conference website for more information.

New Directions in Buddhist Psychology

Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 9:00 am

“We are not alone.” These four words greeted the more than seventy attendees to the First International Conference of Other-Centered Approaches. This historic gathering marked the initiation of a movement that has the potential to illuminate the human condition with the light of Buddhist psychology.

This conference was like a nursery for a sapling that had endured a long sea voyage and was being prepared to be planted into new soil. The presentations by five keynote speakers provided various perspectives of the other-centered approach. An other-centered approach is a shift from a focus on self-esteem enhancement, to an understanding of the self as defined by our relationship to others.

The opening remarks by Caroline Brazier presented evidence that our present western society embraces the focus on self-centeredness. According to the Buddha, this illusion of a substantial, independent self is the cause of much of our suffering. The other-centered approach is not so much a negation of the self but instead offers a more realistic image of a connected, interdependent person: i.e., I am not defined by my inner thoughts of myself, but instead, I exist as an integral part of everyone and everything. Naikan theory, ecology, and love were some topics which demonstrated that this experience of interdependence can result in a grounded, healthy and happy individual.

The 2,600 year history of Buddhist psychology validates the effectiveness of this perspective. Much of the language, customs, and culture of the East have been heavily influenced by Buddhist principles that remind us of our relationship to and gratitude for all those around us.

David and Caroline Brazier of England, Gregg Krech of Vermont, Daijaku Kinst of the Bay Area, and Clark Strand of New York are all outstanding authorities in their respected fields. Their geographical and professional diversity speaks to the universality of this new perspective. Each had been guided to this fundamental Buddhist principle by their unique personal and professional histories. The conference format provided opportunities for other presenters and participants to share their experiences with the Buddhist approach regarding how the self relates to others. For Shin Buddhists, this other-centered focus allowed for an expanded understanding of Amida Buddha, or “Other Power.”

The truth that “We are not alone” was experienced by the selfless support of about twenty volunteers who provided meals and other necessities for the conference. The success of this conference could be measured by the gratitude participants felt for their connectedness with others.

Shinran’s words of Amida’s spiritual presence represent an insightful perspective of the nature of the self. Inspired by Shin principles, an other-centered approach can provide us with a true assessment of an interdependent self in a supportive universe. We can express this awareness with the words Namo Amida Butsu.

International Conference on Other-Centered Approaches

February 18, 2011toFebruary 20, 2011

First International Conference on Other-Centered Approaches: New Directions in Buddhist Psychology

at the Jodo Shinshu Center
Berkeley, California

February 18 – 20, 2011

Please click here for complete details on this conference.

other center buddhist psychology conference flyer

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Homa Conference

October 2, 2010toOctober 3, 2010

Homa Conference: Variations of Homa: from Vedic to Hindu and Buddhist

Saturday and Sunday, October 2 – 3, 2010

One Bow Street, 3rd Floor, Room 317
Cambridge, MA 02138

More information is forthcoming. For questions and contact information, please visit the conference website here.

IBS partners with Harvard for conference on homa

Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 1:29 pm

The Institute of Buddhist Studies, BDK America, and the Sanskrit Department at Harvard are jointly presenting a conference on home, October 2 – 3, 2010 in Cambridge, MA.

More information is forthcoming. For questions and contact information, please visit the conference website here.

Upcoming events

Saturday, July 24, 2010, 10:47 am

The Institute of Buddhist Studies is hosting some exciting events in the field of Buddhism and psychology.

Red Book Dialogues

In the fall of 2010, along with the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, we will be co-sponsoring two dialogues between Buddhism and The Red Book by C.G. Jung. These conversations, held in October and November will feature conversations with Zoketsu Norman Fischer of the San Francisco Zen Center and Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Click here for more information on these events.

International Conference on Other-Centered Approaches

In February 2011, along with the Center for Buddhist Education and the Amida Trust, we will be co-hosting a conference on other-centered approaches to Western psychology and Buddhism.

Click here for more information on this events.

Both of these events are open to the public. More details are forthcoming, so please mark your calendars and check back here for more information on registration and schedules.

Report: Buddhism without Borders conference

Monday, March 29, 2010, 11:07 am

Buddhism without Borders reception

This March, the Institute of Buddhist Studies hosted an international confernece titled “Buddhism without Borders: contemporary developments in Buddhism outside Asia.” The conference brought together more than two-dozen scholars to present new and innovative research, and nearly seventy participants from four continents were in attendance.

The conference was divided into six panels focusing on such topics as Buddhist Expressions and Experiences, Transnational Buddhims, and Buddhist Identity. Each panel had four panelists and a moderator and included time for discussion with the audience.

The event’s keynote address was delieved by Prof. Thomas A. Tweed of the University of Texas at Austin on Friday, March 19th. Prof. Tweed’s address focused on his recently published Crossing and Dwelling: A Theory of Religion, and it’s implications for the study of Buddhism. He described religions as social processes that confront suffering and intensify joy, and he challenged scholars to follow the global and trnasnational flows of communication that are a major factor in how religions spread in the modern world. For Buddhists, his theory, with its emphasis on the constantly changing and interdependent nature of religion, is readily applicable, and he discussed the many ways that Buddhism is influencing American culture more broadly.

Panelists included some notable names in the field of American Buddhist Studies such as Charles S. Prebish, Franz Aubrey Metcalf, and Richard Hughes Seager. The Institute’s Dean, Richard K. Payne presented a paper as well as a number of younger scholars who represent the next generation of American Buddhist Studies such as Jeff Wilson and Wakoh Shannon Hickey. With twenty-four scholars in attendance, a wide diversity of Buddhist traditions and research was presented.

Charles Prebish, the Redd Chair in Religious Studies at Utah State University, presented his preliminary findings of Buddhists in Utah and their experiences living in a dominate Mormon culture. Jeff Wilson of the University of Waterloo discussed the regional specificity of Buddhism in North America, noting the uniqueness of Buddhists living in different parts of the country. Duncan Ryuken Williams of the University of California, Berkeley, delivered a moving account of young Japanese-American Buddhists fighting for the U.S. armed forces during World War Two.

Other panelists discussed Buddhist developments in other parts of the Western world. Jitka Cirklová and Ruth Fitzpatrick reported on Buddhism in the Czech Republic and Australia respectively. And the work of Richard Seager, Daniel Veidlinger, Kimberly Beek, and Mindy McAdams demonstrated how Buddhism is being expressed through the arts, online, and in popular literature.

Tibetan, Theravada, Zen, Shinshu, and Shingon, were among the many schools of Buddhism under discussion, discussed through papers on topics as diverse as modernism and transnationalism, hospice workers, Jewish-Buddhist mindfulness practices, and politics.

The organizers hope to collect many of the event’s papers for future publication.

Seventy participants registered for the event. While most participants came from the United States, others traveled from Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. Prof. Tweed’s keynote was open to the public, and the Kodo was filled to near capacity.

Several participants were able to utilize the Jodo Shinshu Center’s hotel and dorm rooms. And many in attendance expressed their gratitude to the building’s staff who were, as always, welcoming and helpful.

The Institute would like to extend its sincere thanks to its students and the staff of the Jodo Shinshu Center for their help and hospitality in creating such a successful conference.

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.

2009 IASBS Conference Highlights

Monday, June 22, 2009, 11:45 am

Some 100 scholars, priests, and students attended the 14th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies held on June 12-14 at the Ryukoku University Omiya Campus in Kyoto, Japan. With the theme “Shin Buddhism in the World of the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Potential,” some 52 scholars, priests, and students from Japan, the United States, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hawaii, South America, and Europe presented papers on a wide variety of topics committed to Shin Buddhist Studies.

Some interesting papers included “Pure Land Teaching of Yongming Yanshu: Implications for Shin Buddhist Practice in the Twenty-First Century,” by Professor Albert Welter of the University of Winnipeg; “The Importance of Developing Religious Education and Pastoral Care Service,” by Mari Sengoku, graduate student at Tottori University; “The Influence of Women on Buddhist Secularization in the Song Period: Focuson Women in Southeast China,” by Jingjing Zhu a graduate student at the University of the West; and “Recent Changes in Society and Shin Buddhism,” by Gerhard Schepers, Professor Emeritus at the International Christian University.

BCA and IBS papers were given by Rev. Dr. Hoshu Matsubayashi, Rinban of the Seattle Betsuin, on “Contemporary Understanding of the Utmost Happy Pure Land”; Mitsumi Wondera, IBS Student, on “Takagi Kenmyo’s Influence to Contemporary Shin Buddhist Thought”; and Dr. Scott Mitchel, IBS Adjunct Professor, on “Buddhism , Pop-Culture, and Homogenization of the Dharma.”

IBS graduates presenting papers were Rev. Angela Andrade, Honpa Honganji South America on “Aspects of the Shin Buddhist Faith Literary Works”; Rev. Naoyuki Ogi , Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, on “TakagI Kenmyo: a 20th Century Example of a Way of Life on ‘Revitalizing Buddhism’”; Rev. Mary David, Moilili Hongwanji Buddhist Temple on “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Buddha’s Teaching”; and Rev. Tsui Chung-hui, graduate student at Hong Kong University on “Calligraphy of the Dunhuang Monestary: Based on the Northern Liang (AD 397-460) Period.”

Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean and Dr. Seigen Yamaoka attended the conference representing IBS.

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