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The Arts of Contemplative Care Book Event

October 26, 2012
7:30 pmto10:30 pm

The arts of contemplative careThe San Francisco Zen Center is hosting an evening of readings and reflections on The Arts of Contemplative Care – edited by Cheryl A. Giles and Willa B. Miller and recently released by Wisdom Publications – with contributing authors Daijaku Judith Kinst, Jennifer Block, Grace Schireson, and others.

In confluence with San Francisco Zen Center’s Contemplative Caregiver Course, The Arts of Contemplative Care collects the experiences and reflections of Buddhists for whom care is a form of spiritual practice. This new book explores the budding field of Buddhist “Contemplative Care” through the eyes of it pioneers. These individuals work in the diverse fields of hospital and hospice chaplaincy, prison ministry, military chaplaincy, college chaplaincy, pastoral counseling, pastoral education and Buddhist ministry, as professionals or volunteers.

Join us for an intimate view into this emergent field of engaged practice. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

This event is being hosted by the San Francisco Zen Center. Please contact the SFZC for more information.

New Publication: Buddhism in the Modern World

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 9:39 am

Buddhism in the Modern World
Routledge has published a new volume, edited by David L. McMahan, titled Buddhism in the Modern World.

McMahan is well-known for his foundational work in The Making of Buddhist Modernism (Oxford University Press, 2008) in which he describes how both Asian and Western interpreters have shaped Buddhist discourse over the last two centuries.

In Buddhism in the Modern World, McMahan brings together sixteen scholars to discuss various aspects of modern Buddhism in contemporary Asia and the West. Scholars from Martin Baumann and Paul David Numrich to Damien Keown and Cristina Rocha explore how Buddhism is practiced from Southeast Asia to Europe, how it influences ethics and social engagement, culture and politics.

From the publisher’s website:

Buddhism in the Modern World explores the challenges faced by Buddhism today, the distinctive forms that it has taken and the individuals and movements that have shaped it. Each chapter is written by a distinguished scholar in the field and includes photographs, summaries, discussion points and suggestions for further reading. The book provides a lively and up-to-date overview that is indispensable for both students and scholars of Buddhism.

Two IBS faculty members have also contributed to this volume. Dean Richard K. Payne contributes a chapter on Buddhism and psychology. In “Buddhism and the Powers of the Mind,” Dean Payne discusses the ways in which modern Buddhism and modern Western psychology arose within a similar cultural-historical milieu thus leading to the perceived similarities between the two traditions. Prof. Scott A. Mitchell contributes a chapter devoted to pop-cultural representations of Buddhism, discussing the ways in which Buddhism is expressed within and is co-opted by mass media.

Buddhism in the Modern World is available in paperback directly from the Routledge website.


Latest issue of the Pacific World now available

Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 11:16 am

The Pacific World, Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley has recently published its Third Series: Number 10 volume with two special sections dealing with the Psychological Reflection on Buddhism and New Perspectives on Buddhist Modernism. The sections were edited by Dr. Mark Unno, University of Oregon, and Dr. Jeff Wilson, Renison University College at the University of Waterloo, respectively.

Beginning from 2004, the Center for Humanities, Religion, and Science at Ryukoku University of Japan; the Institute of Buddhist Studies; University of Oregon; and Boston University have been the central collaborators on research into the field of Buddhism and psychotherapy. Papers presented, in part, held at the conferences biannually, are presented in this Journal.

New Perspectives on Buddhist Modernism presented in this journal are essays presented at the American Academy of Religions held in San Diego, 2007.

In the first section the authors and titles of papers presented are: Ven. Hogan Bays, Great Vow Monestery, Oregon, “On Silence;” Prof. Takanori Sugiokja, Ryukoku University, Kyoto, “The Dialectic of the Three Vows;” Prof. Vena R. Howard, University of Oregon, “Listening to the Buddha’s Noble Truths;” Prof. Naoki Nabeshima, Ryukoku University, “The Emancipation of the Evil Beings;” Marie Yoshida, University of Oregon, “Ajatashatru: Family System and Karma;” and a reprint of an article by the late Dr. James Kirsch, Los Angeles, “Affinities Between Zen and Analytical Psychology.”

The second section of authors and subject are: Wilson, “New Perspectives on Buddhist Modernism,” Prof. Wakoh Shannon Hickey, Alfred University, “Swedenborg: A Modern Buddha?” Prof. David L. McMahan, Franklin and Marshall College, “A Brief History of Interdependence;” Dr. Richard Payne, IBS, “Traditionalist Representations of Buddhism;” and Natalie Quli, IBS/GTU, “Multiple Buddhist Modernisms: Jhana in Convert Theravada.”

A book review on by Pema Chödrön on “No time to Lose,” is presented by Prof. Daijaku Judith Kinst, IBS.

You may view or download PDFs of all articles and the entire journal from the IBS website. Or contact the Pacific World if you would like to subscribe to the paper version.

This publication is made possible by the donation of BDK America, Berkeley,CA.

How Much is Enough?

Monday, February 22, 2010, 9:41 am

Publication announcement:
How Much is Enough? Buddhism, Consumerism, and the Human Environment

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

A new volume of essays edited by IBS Dean Richard K. Payne has recently been published by Wisdom Publications.

The massive outpouring of consumer products available today might alone lead one to ask How much is enough? But at the same time, if we allow ourselves to see the social, political, economic and environmental consequences of the system that produces such a mass of “goods,” then the question is not simply a matter of one’s own personal choice, but points to the profound interconnectedness of our day to day decisions about How much is enough? The ease with which we can acquire massive quantities of food, clothing, kitchenware, and various electronic goods directly connects each of us with not only environmental degradation caused by strip mining in West Virginia, and with sweat shops and child labor in India or Africa, but also with the ongoing financial volatility of Western capitalist economies, and the increasing discrepancies of wealth in all countries.

This interconnectedness is the human environment, a phrase intended to point toward the deep interconnection between the immediacy of our own lives, including the question of How much is enough?, and both the social and natural worlds around us. This collection brings together essays from an international conference jointly sponsored by Ryukoku University, Kyoto, and the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley. The effects of our own decisions and actions on the human environment is examined from several different perspectives, all informed by Buddhist thought. The contributors are all simultaneously Buddhist scholars, practitioners and activists—thus the collection is not simply a conversation between these differing perspectives, but rather demonstrates the integral unity of theory and practice for Buddhism.

Learn more or purchase the book directly from the Wisdom Publications website.

New Publication: Path of No Path

Sunday, April 05, 2009, 9:00 am

The Institute of Buddhist Studies, Graduate Seminary for Shin Buddhist Ministry and Buddhist Research, and the Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research both at Berkeley, announced the publication of the second of three volumes titled, “Path of No Path—Contemporary Studies in Pure Land Buddhism.”

This volume honors the late Dr. Roger Corless, professor emeritus of Duke University, who brought to heart a new perspective to the study of Buddhism and Pure Land Buddhism in particular. Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean and the Yehan Numata Professor for Buddhist Studies, is the editor.

The articles in the book cover a range of topics, from the practice of the Pure Land to its historical transmission and its contemporary interpretation.

Contributors of the book are as follows: Harvey B. Aronson, a psychotherapist in Houston, Texas; Gordon B. Bermant, lecturer at University of Pennsylvania and former President of BCA; Alfred Bloom, Professor Emeritus of the University of Hawaii and former Dean of IBS; Ruben L.F. Habito, Southern Methodist University; Arthur Holder, Graduate Theological Union; Charles B. Jones, The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.; Charles B. Jones, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.; Charles D. Orzech, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Charles S. Perbish, Utah State University; James H. Sanford, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Kenneth K.Tanaka, Musashino University, Tokyo and former professor at IBS.

The first volume titled “Shin Buddhism Historical, Textual, and Interpretive Studies,” was published in 2007 with Dr. Payne as editor. The volume honors the late Rev. Dr., Yehan Numata, founder of the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai and the Numata Center, Berkeley. The book commemorates the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Numata Endowment at the IBS.

Contributing writers from worldwide are as follows: John P. Keenan, Middlebury College, Vermont; Whalen Lai, University of California, Davis; T. Griffith Foulk, University of Michigan; Katerine K. Vaelasco, IBS/GTU graduate; Bruno Levin, Ruhr-Universitat, Bochum, Germany; Allan A. Andrew, University of Vermont; Hartmut O. Rotermund, Ecole Pratique dis Hautes Etude, Paris; Habbito, SMU; Roger Corless, Duke University. Minor L. Rogers and Ann T. Rogers, Washington and Lee University, Vermont; Joyu Chiba, President Emeritus of Ryukoku University, Kyoto; and Tetsuden Kashima, University of Washington. Payne and Tanaka also contributed to the volume.

More information on the Contemporary Issues in Buddhist Studies may be found on the IBS Webpage.

Books are available at the BCA Bookstore, 2140 Durant Ave., Berkeley, CA.

As Long As Space Endures

March 20, 2009
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

as long as space endures
Snow Lion Publications is pleased to announce the release of a new collection of essays edited by Edward A. Arnold; As Long As Space Endures: Essays on the Kalacakra Tantra in Honor of H.H. the Dalai Lama.

The Kalacakra Tantra—Kalacakra means “wheel of time”—is a tradition of Buddhist theory and practice whose root text treats a fantastic expanse of knowledge ranging from observations of the cosmos to investigations of meditative states and vital bodily energies. To celebrate the release of this important volume on the Kalacakra Tantra, the Institute of Buddhist Studies will be hosting a talk by Prof. David Gray of Santa Clara University.

The lecture will be held at the
Jodo Shinshu Center
2140 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704

Free and open to the public.

For more information on As Long As Space Endures, please visit the publisher’s website.

Edward Arnold’s biography can be found here.

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