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IASBS events at this year’s AAR

Monday, September 16, 2013, 9:48 am

The American Academy of Religion (AAR) is the largest professional organization for scholars of religion in North America. Annually, the AAR hosts a conference that draws tens of thousands of religious scholars. Because this is the largest annual religious studies event in North America, scholars of Buddhism regularly attend, and there are numerous panels, presentations, and public events that focus on Buddhist history, thought, and culture.

The International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (IASBS), the largest international organization dedicated to the scholarly study of Pure Land Buddhism, has recently become a related scholarly organization of the AAR. This means that the IASBS will be able to host meetings in conjunction with the AAR’s annual meeting, thus allowing for greater exposure of Shin and Pure Land Buddhist studies to a North American audience.

To celebrate this new arrangement, the IASBS will host a reception at this year’s AAR meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

The reception is scheduled for Saturday, November 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, Whitehall Ballroom North, 550 Light St, Baltimore. Please join us to celebrate this new relationship, meet scholars and practitioners working in the fields of Shin and Pure Land Buddhist Studies, and learn more about both the IASBS and AAR. The reception is open to the public.

Also at this year’s AAR will be a panel dedicated to studies of Shinran. The panel, “(Re)imagining the Founder: Shinran in Modern Japanese History,” features Shin Buddhist scholars including Orion Klautau, Melissa Anne-Marie Curley, Makoto Hayashi, and others. Papers will explore new and emerging scholarship on Shinran’s life and biography.

The panel is scheduled for Sunday, November 24, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the Marriott Inner Harbor, Grand Ballroom West, 110 South Eutaw Street, Baltimore. The panel is also open to the public.

For more information on the American Academy of Religion, please visit http://www.aarweb.org.

For more information on the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies, please visit http://www.iasbs.org.

And for questions regarding this year’s events at the AAR, please contact Scott Mitchell at the Institute of Buddhist Studies.

Summer Pacific Seminar: Shinran and Ajatasatru

July 5, 2013toJuly 7, 2013

More information on this Center for Buddhist Education and Institute of Buddhist Studies jointly-held event will be posted here at a later date. Please visit this website for registration information.

Weekend Seminar and Intensive Study Program on Shinran Shonin’s Thought and the Nirvana Sutra

July 6, 2012toJuly 12, 2012

Weekend Seminar and Intensive Study Program on Shinran Shonin’s Thought and the Nirvana Sutra

Keynote and study program led by Mark L. Blum, State University of New York, Albany

Prof. Blum is translating the Nirvana Sutra for the BDK Tripitaka Translation Series. The first volume of this new translation of a key Mahayana text will be published this year.

Pacific Seminar 2012: Shinran’s Quest
Weekend seminar: Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 8, 2012

Piecing together the events in Shinran’s life with his writings, the goal of the seminar is to identify first the problematic issues that Shinran was facing personally and socially, then identify what the solutions were that he discovered, and then to expand this into a more broad discussion of the implications inherent in those solutions in regard to (1) how to interpret the Buddhist tradition, (2) how to assess the nature of mankind/humankind in his time, and (3) what implications these conclusions have for us today both in our particular social and psychological contexts, and for the human condition as a whole regardless of time or place.

A key component of the entire seminar will be the relationship between the doctrines in Tannisho and the Nirvana Sutra and how this perspective or gestalt was used by Shinran to understand the core teachings of The Larger Sutra and The Contemplation Sutra. This way of studying Shinran is something that at this point is rarely if ever discussed in English language materials on Shinran and Shin thought as a whole.

For more information on the Pacific Seminar, please contact the Center for Buddhist Education.

Shinran and the Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra
Intensive study program: Monday, July 9 to Thursday, July 12, 2012

This seminar will examine the role of the Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra in Shinran’s religious outlook. We will first look at the general themes of this scripture within the historical evolution of East Asian Buddhist thought, especially the Tiantai/Tendai scholastic tradition, and then look at where and how Shinran uses this sutra to support his arguments in the Kyōgyōshinshō.

Participation in the intensive study program requires participation in the weekend seminar as well. Academic credit (1.5 to 3.0 units) is available through the Institute of Buddhist Studies.

These programs are co-hosted by the Institute of Buddhist Studies, and the Center for Buddhist Education. Please contact the CBE for more information and registration materials.

2012 Ryukoku Lecture: Series True Teaching, Practice and Realization, part 1

March 8, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

2012 Ryūkoku Lecture Series
True Teaching, Practice and Realization: its aim and the formation of Shinran’s Pure Land Teaching

Presented by Professor Hisashi Tonouchi, Ryūkoku University

Thursday March 8, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Features and Critiques of Hōnen’s Pure Land Teaching

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held at the Institute of Buddhist Studies

2140 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, Ca 94704

Download a flyer for these events.

2012 Ryukoku Lecture Series: True Teaching, Practice and Realization, part 2

March 15, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

2012 Ryūkoku Lecture Series
True Teaching, Practice and Realization: its aim and the formation of Shinran’s Pure Land Teaching

Presented by Professor Hisashi Tonouchi, Ryūkoku University

Thursday March 15, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Birth through the nembutsu: Shinran’s explications of practice and shinjin

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held at the Institute of Buddhist Studies

2140 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, Ca 94704

Download a flyer for these events.

2012 Ryukoku Lecture Series: True Teaching, Practice and Realization, part 3

March 22, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

2012 Ryūkoku Lecture Series
True Teaching, Practice and Realization: its aim and the formation of Shinran’s Pure Land Teaching

Presented by Professor Hisashi Tonouchi, Ryūkoku University

Thursday March 22, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
The Jōgen Suppression and Shinran’s admonition against self-power

All lectures are free and open to the public and will be held at the Institute of Buddhist Studies
2140 Durant Ave.
Berkeley, Ca 94704

Download a flyer for these events.

Numata Lecture: Shinran’s Devotional Hymn of Prince Shotoku: Kōtaishi Shōtoku hōsan

November 19, 2010
3:00 pmto5:00 pm

This fall’s Numata lecture will be delivered by Dr. Kenneth Lee at the Institute of Buddhist Studies on November 19th. More details about this event are forthcoming.

Please contact the Institute with any questions.

Kenneth Lee joined the California State University, Northridge faculty in the fall of 2006 to teach courses in Asian religions, world religions, Indo-Tibetan and East Asian Buddhism, philosophy of religion, and comparative religions. His book, The Prince and the Monk: Shotoku Worship in Shinran’s Buddhism, traces the evolution of Shotoku worship in Japanese Buddhism.

Pacific Seminar 21st Century

June 25, 2010toJune 27, 2010

Pacific Seminar 21st Century
Shinran’s Path in America – Yesterday and Today
Exploring Nisei spirituality, temple traditions & values

Co-sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Education and the Institute of Buddhist Studies

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Tetsuo Unno

“This year, we will gather to listen to the stories of BCA’s Nisei (second generation, American-born) pioneers who helped to build the temples and maintain them for decades. Their stories and memories of their Issei (first generation, immigrant) parents — will help us to understand Shinran’s path in America,” explains Rev. Kodo Umezu, Director of the BCA Center for Buddhist Education.

The keynote speaker will be Rev. Tetsuo Unno, part-time minister at Pasadena Buddhist Temple, and popular lecturer at colleges and temples throughout the U.S. His ability to integrate Shin Buddhist perspectives in a range of educational, community and spiritual settings has inspired traditional followers and new audiences for several decades. Other speakers will include Rev. Shoki Mohri, BCA Minister Emeritus who will share his reflections on the post-World War II Buddhist experience (Japanese, translated to English, with commentary, by Rev. Unno); and Ms. Anne Spencer, Minister Assistant at the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple, who will share her insights as a first-generation, non-Nikkei temple member. The seminar will be interactive and feature a panel of Nisei stories, a Q/A session and small group discussion, moderated by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, Director of the Center for Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies at IBS; and Rev. Kodo Umezu, BCA CBE Director.

The seminar will reflect on the Nisei spiritual experience which has interwoven aspects of Japanese spiritual, social and cultural value systems; Buddhist teachings; and American ideals. Against the backdrop of pre-World War II racism and xenophobia; the exile and mass internment during World War II; post-war resettlement, the redress movement, and today, participants will discuss how various moral values — including “gaman” (perseverance), “shikataganai” (it cannot be helped); “haji” (shame) among others — influenced their lives. The Buddhist origins of some of the terms, and the changing interpretations of these terms, over time and by each generation, will also be discussed.

“We will be listening and sharing in the spirit of the Buddhist idea of ‘okage sama de’ (benefiting from the shade of those who walked before us). We are truly honored to present our guest speakers along with a panel of Nisei who will share their stories. We hope to have a good mixture of Nisei and younger generations and non-Nikkei. Everyone is welcome! And, if you cannot attend this one, we encourage you to sponsor something like this in your own community. CBE is ready to support you in any way we can,” Rev. Umezu concludes.

For more information on this event, including registration information, please contact the Center for Buddhist Education.

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.

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