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International Center for Humanities, Science, and Religion Symposium

Wednesday, November 06, 2013, 1:42 pm

Dr. Richard Payne, Dean of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, and the Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst, IBS Chaplaincy Program Director, participated in a Ryukoku University International Symposium on September 26-27, 2013, at the Omiya Campus, Kyoto, Japan. The program was sponsored by the International Center for Humanities, Science, and Religion (CHRS).

The theme of the symposium was: “Practical Ministry and Chaplaincy: Buddhist Compassion in Response to Human Distress.” Professor Tomoyasu Naito, Head of the Department of Shin Buddhist Studies and Practical Shin Buddhist Studies, spoke on the importance of peace of mind in his address, “Meeting Together at One Place and the Meaning of Peace of Mind in the Jodo Shinshu Tradition.”

Dr. Payne’s paper was titled, “To Whom Does Kisagotami Speak? Audience Reception, Interpretation, and Therapeutic Action.” He spoke on the importance of tailoring one’s response to the specific person and circumstances one encounters. Dr. Kisnst discussed the IBS chaplaincy program models for pastoral care based directly on Buddhist teachings in her papers “What Makes Buddhist Chaplaincy Buddhist? Developing an Educational Foundation for Buddhist Chaplains in a Multi-Tradition and Multi-Faith Setting.”

Responses were made by Professor Nobuhiro Fukagawa and Professor Akio Tatsutani for Dr. Kinst and Dr. Payne’s papers respectively. Professor Naoki Nabeshima, Director of CHSR, joined in on the discussion following the presentations.

“The conference provided the exploration of different aspects of Buddhist practical ministry and chaplaincy and the important ways we can learn from one another,” stated Dr. Kinst.

Panel left to right: Prof Fukagawa, Prof. Tatsudani, Dr. Kinst, Dr. Payne, Dr. Eisho Nasu, and Prof. Nabeshima.

Dharma at Times of Need: symposium jointly sponsored by IBS and Harvard

Thursday, April 11, 2013, 9:45 am

A two day symposium jointly sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and Buddhist Ministry Initiative, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, will be conducted on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA , with the theme “Dharma at Times of Need: The interface of Chaplaincy and Ministry.”

“This two-day symposium will explore the ways that engaging the insights of how the Dharma can benefit people at the times of greatest suffering, frustration and disappointment, and the role of minister and chaplain in assisting others at and through hose times of need,” said, Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean.

IBS and Harvard students and faculty will present papers to be discussed in their field of study.

The program:

 

Friday, May 3

3:00 – 3:30 pm                    Opening Greetings

3:30 – 5:30 pm                    First Panel

5:30 – 6:00 pm                    Break/Refreshments

6:00 – 7:00 pm                    Keynote: “Buddhist Chaplaincy and Practical Ministry in an International  Context.”

 

Saturday, May 4

8:30 – 9:00 am                    Opening Greetings

9:00 – 11:00 am                  Second Panel

11:00 – 1:00 pm                  Lunch Break

1:00 – 3:00 pm                    Third Panel

3:00 – 3:30 pm                    Break

3:30 -  5:30 pm                    Fourth Panel

5:30 -  6:00 pm                    Closing

 

The symposium is free and open to the public. Those who wish to participate are asked to register online.

Dharma at Times of Need: The Interface of Chaplaincy and Ministry

May 3, 2013 3:00 pmtoMay 4, 2013 5:00 pm

Register online now!

buddhist prayer flags chaplain ministryFundamental to the teachings of Buddhism is a description of the human condition as one of suffering, frustration and disappointment. A deep understanding of this condition is the necessary step toward living with and through that actuality, especially when we are confronted by that actuality in its starkest terms — the death of a loved one, a terminal illness, loss of hope, anguish.

This two day symposium will explore the ways that engaging the insights of the Dharma can benefit people at the times of greatest suffering, frustration and disappointment, and the role of minister and chaplain in assisting others at and through those times of need.

Location: Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley, CA

Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

This symposium is jointly sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, and the Buddhist Ministry Initiative, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge.

DHARMA AT TIMES OF NEED: THE INTERFACE OF CHAPLAINCY AND MINISTRY

Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, 2013
All sesssions will be held in the Kodo (Lecture Hall), second floor at the Jodo Shinshu Center.

Click here to download a PDF of this schedule.

Session 1: Friday, 3:30 to 5:30

Cheryl Giles, Francis Greenwood Peabody Professor of the Practice in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Harvard Divinity School
“SELF RENEWAL THROUGH NATURAL EMPATHY: CARING FOR OURSELVES AND OTHERS”

Dawn Neal, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“OFFERING BUDDHIST PRACTICES OUTSIDE BUDDHISM: CONSIDERATIONS FOR TRAINING BUDDHIST CHAPLAINS”

Adrianne Vincent, Harvard Divinity School
“BUDDHIST HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY, VIPASSANA MEDITATION, AND CARING FOR CANCER PATIENTS AND CAREGIVERS”

Kazuha Fujii, Ryukoku University
“PRACTICAL SHIN BUDDHIST STUDIES (JISSEN SHINSHŪGAKU 実践眞宗学): A STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE”

Keynote Address: Friday, 6:00 to 7:00

Seigen Yamaoka, Professor of Shin Buddhist Studies, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“MAKING MINISTRY PRACTICAL: CHANGING ROLES IN JAPAN”

Session 2: Saturday, 9:00 to 11:00

Peter Yuichi Clark, American Baptist Seminary of the West, and UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
“OFFERING RESPECTFUL CARE WHILE NAVIGATING MULTI-RACIAL AND MULTI- RELIGIOUS BOUNDARIES”

Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick, Harvard Divinity School
“EXPLORING BUDDHIST MINISTRY IN THE PULPIT AND IN 12-STEP GROUPS”

Matthew Hamasaki, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“MINISTERING TO DIVERSITY: THE JODO SHINSHU SANGHA IN AMERICA”

Margaret Lowe, Harvard Divinity School “BUDDHIST MINISTRIES IN THE CHURCH”

Session 3: Saturday, 1:00 to 3:00

Daijaku Kinst, Director, Chaplaincy Program, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“WHAT MAKES BUDDHIST CHAPLAINCY BUDDHIST?: DEVELOPING AN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR BUDDHIST CHAPLAINS AND MINISTERS IN A MULTI-TRADITION AND INTERFAITH SETTING”

Bill Dearth, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“MINISTERING TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY IN BCA TEMPLES”

Chenxing Han, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“VOICES FROM THE TWO-THIRDS: YOUNG ADULT ASIAN AMERICANS ENGAGE WITH BUDDHISM”

Nancy Chu, Harvard Divinity School
“THE ROLE OF PAIN IN TRANSFORMATIVE RELIGIOUS PRACTICES”

Session 4: Saturday, 3:30 to 5:00

Trent Thornley, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“SKILL IN STORYTELLING: WHAT THE ARIYAPARIYESANA SUTTA (NOBLE SEARCH) OFFERS BUDDHIST CAREGIVERS”

Sarah Jabbour, Harvard Divinity School
“DHARMA IN DYING”

Richard K. Payne, Dean, and Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies, Institute of Buddhist Studies
“TO WHOM DOES KISA GOTAMI SPEAK?: A TALE OF THREE AUDIENCES”

This event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is requested. Please register here.

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