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Spring 2014 Ryukoku Lecture Series

Monday, March 10, 2014, 10:01 am

The Institute of Buddhist Studies will present the 2014 Ryukoku Lectures with Professor Nobuhiro Fukagawa, from Ryukoku University Department  of Shin Buddhist Studies.  The title of the presentation  is “The Propagation of Shin Buddhism: Challenges and Possibilities, “ in a two part lecture on Wednesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Ave., Berkeley.

Professor Fukagawa was recently appointed to the rank of Kagaku, which is the highest academic ranking within the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha.  He is a noted scholar in Shin Buddhist Studies, but also a professor for the newly established graduate study program in Practical Shin Buddhist Studies.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Three Lectures by Takamaro Shigaraki

Tuesday, February 05, 2013, 9:00 am

Dr. Takamaro Shigaraki, noted Shin Buddhist Scholar, former Professor and President of Ryukoku University, and author of A Life of Awakening: The Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path (2005) and Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path: A life of Awakening (2013) will be the key note speaker at three Buddhist Churches of America major events.

The first is the Winter Pacific Seminar 21st Century, held on Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple. The title of his presentation is The Path of the Nembutsu. He will speak in Japanese with English translation by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, Institute of Buddhist Studies. The presentation will be followed by a dialogue with Dr. Shigaraki.

The event is co-sponsored by the IBS and the BCA Center for Buddhist Education, and hosted by the BCA Southern District Ministers Association and Buddhist Education Committee.

Registration donation of $30.00 includes lunch. Deadline is February 4, 2013. Southern District Temple members are asked to register through their local temple. General registration should visit the BCA website.

The second is the IBS and CBE sponsored Conversation with Shigarkgi-sensei on Tuesday, February 26,2013, at the San Mateo Marriott
Hotel. All BCA ministers, minister emeritus, and minister’s assistants are invited to take part in an informal conversation about the teachings and path of Jodo Shinshu with Shigaraki sensei. A light meal will follow.

Dr. Shigaraki’s final presentation, Tradition and Insight: Our encounter with the true essence of the Pure Land Way, will be presented on Thursday, February 28 in conjunction with the BCA National Council Meeting. The keynote address will explore the roles that a received tradition and personal engagement play in our realization of the truth of meaning of Jodo Shinshu. Presentations will also be made by Dr. Michael Conway of the Eastern Buddhist Society, and Rev Henry Adams of the Oxnard Buddhist Temple. The symposium is free of charge and open to all interest persons.

The symposium is sponsored by the IBS with the generous financial support of the George T. Aratani Endowment for the IBS Center for Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies.

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.

The Shin Buddhist Path and Truth

March 10, 2010
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

Professor Dennis Hirota of the Department of Shin Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University, will be the Ryukoku Lecturer at IBS this year. He will speak on the topic of “Shinran’s Phenomenology of Religious Life: Toward a Rethinking of Shinjin.”

Part one of his three-part lecture series is titled:
The Shin Buddhist Path and Truth
to be held at the Jodo Shinshu Center, on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, from 2:10 to 5:00 p.m.

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

The Shin Buddhist Path and Time

March 16, 2010
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

Professor Dennis Hirota of the Department of Shin Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University, will be the Ryukoku Lecturer at IBS this year. He will speak on the topic of “Shinran’s Phenomenology of Religious Life: Toward a Rethinking of Shinjin.”

Part one of his three-part lecture series is titled:
The Shin Buddhist Path and Time
to be held at the Jodo Shinshu Center, on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, from 2:10 to 5:00 p.m.

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

The Shin Buddhist Path and Dwelling

March 17, 2010
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

Professor Dennis Hirota of the Department of Shin Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University, will be the Ryukoku Lecturer at IBS this year. He will speak on the topic of “Shinran’s Phenomenology of Religious Life: Toward a Rethinking of Shinjin.”

Part one of his three-part lecture series is titled:
The Shin Buddhist Path and Dwelling
to be held at the Jodo Shinshu Center, on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, from 2:10 to 5:00 p.m.

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

Pacific Seminar

June 26, 2009 4:00 pmtoJune 28, 2009 11:30 am

The Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Center for Buddhist Education Present

Pacific Seminar the 21st Century
Shinran and His Teachings

Join us in exploring the significance of the “Larger Sutra of the Buddha of Immeasurable Life,” as discussed in Shinran Shonin’s major work, the Kyōgyōshinshō.

Speakers for the seminar include:

  • Dr. Toshikazu Arai, Professor of Humanities at Soai University, Osaka, Japan
  • Dr. Nobuo Haneda, Maida Center of Buddhism at Berkeley
  • Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, Institute of Buddhist Studies and Director of IBS Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies
  • Rev. Kodo Umezu, Director of the Center for Buddhist Education

Registration for the seminar is $175.00 for general participants and $125.00 for BCA members. For registration information and seminar schedule visit the Center for Buddhist Education or call (510) 809-1460.

This event will be held at
the Jodo Shinshu Center
2140 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, Ca

Download the tentative schedule here.

Download the registration form here.

The IBS and CBE Announce the 2009 Pacific Seminar

Wednesday, May 20, 2009, 9:17 am

The Institute of Buddhist Studies and the BCA Center for Buddhist Education will co-host the Pacific Seminar the 21st Century: Shinran and His Teachings, from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28, 2009 at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley.

The seminar will explore the significance of the “Larger Sutra of the Buddha of Immeasurable Life,” as discussed in Shinran’s major work, the Kyōgyōshinshō.

Speakers for the seminar include:

  • Dr. Toshikazu Arai, Professor of Humanities at Soai University, Osaka, Japan
  • Dr. Nobuo Haneda, Maida Center of Buddhism at Berkeley
  • Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, Institute of Buddhist Studies and Director of IBS Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies
  • Rev. Kodo Umezu, Director of the Center for Buddhist Education

Registration for the seminar is $175.00 for general participants and $125.00 for BCA members. For registration information and seminar schedule visit www.cbe-bca.org or call (510) 809-1460.

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.

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.

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