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Monday, December 03, 2012, 9:31 am
Buddhist Ritual, Buddhist Culture
Update: Proposal Deadline Extended
The Institute of Buddhist Studies’ 3rd Annual Graduate Student Symposium
Keynote speaker Dr. Justin McDaniel
University of Pennsylvania
April 13th, 2013
Institute of Buddhist Studies
Call for Papers
We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 3rd Annual Graduate Student Symposium at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. Our theme this year is “Buddhist Ritual, Buddhist Culture.” Buddhist ritual practices are shaped by their location and are affected by the ritual objects. How does the material world determine the ways that Buddhism is practiced? How do Buddhists use ritual objects? In turn, how does Buddhism shape these objects and transform the physical world? What is the impact, for example, on the physical world as a result of religious pilgrimage or tourism? How do Buddhists transform physical objects in the process of ritualization? This symposium will focus on these themes and will consider both historical and contemporary uses of material objects in Buddhist ritual, Buddhism’s impact on cultural materials, and the relationships between Buddhism and sacred objects.
We invite graduate students to submit proposals considering one or more of these topics, either historically or contemporarily. Proposals should be no more than 200 words, and include the paper’s title and the author’s name, affiliation, and contact information. Please submit proposals to courtney.bruntz -at - gmail no later than January 31, 2013.
Professor McDaniel’s keynote address is being generously supported by the Yehan Numata Foundation.
Submission of Abstract: January 31, 2013
Notification of Proposal Result: February 15, 2013
Submission of Full Paper: April 1, 2013
Conference Event: April 13, 2013
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 2:54 pm
The Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS), seminary and graduate School, began its 2012 fall semester with a total of eighty students enrolled in its Buddhist Studies programs.
“The IBS continues to grow with the various study programs that are being provided for the needs of the contemporary world. We hope to continue to grow with the help and support of IBS friends who continue to support the vision and direction of our educational program,” said Dr. Richard Payne, Dean.
Of the total number of IBS students, sixteen are in the Common MA program (jointly administered by the IBS and the Graduate Theological Union), one is in the ministerial training program, ten in the Buddhist chaplaincy program, three general Buddhist Studies, and one Theravada Buddhist Studies.
Also attending are four exchange students, two from Ryukoku University, Kyoto, and two from Dharma Drum University, Taiwan.
For further information, contact the IBS.
Monday, May 21, 2012, 9:00 am
Five Institute Of Buddhist Studies’ students received their Master Degrees at a commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18, 2012 at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley.
The event was chaired by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto. The opening service was conducted by Rev. Kodo Umezu, IBS President and Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America.
Opening remarks were given by Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean, and Rev. Marvin Harada, IBS Trustee Interim Chair.
The commencement address was presented by Dr. Franz Aubery Metcalf, Professor at California State University Los Angeles and the IBS Spring Numata Lecturer. He spoke on the subject of “Our Buddhadharma, our Buddhist Dharma.”
IBS graduates were awarded a Masters Degree in Buddhist Studies degree, in joint sponsorship with the Graduate Theological Union. Graduates included:
- Kathryn Bilotti Stark, “Compassionate Awareness and Transformation: The Relevancy of Mindfulness Teaching and Practice in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care,” with thesis committee members Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kiinst, Dr. Payne, and Dr. Gil Fronsdal
- Alex John McDermid, “Gender in Jodo Shinshu Temple Families,” with thesis committee members Dr. Lisa Grumbach and Dr. Matsumoto
- Christina Yanko-Ringle, “Aspects of Yogachara in the Discourse on the Pure Land,” with thesis committee members Dr. Matsumoto and Dr. Payne
- Diana Lynne Thompson, “Narratives of Evil: A comparison of the Ajatashtru Story and Batman Graphic Novels,” with thesis committee members Dr. Matsumoto and Dr. Payne
- Anne Cottrell Spencer, “Jodo Shinshu in America: A Demographic Survey of the Buddhist Churches of America,” with thesis committee members of Dr. Scott Mitchell and Dr. Kinst
Ven. Nguyen Duong and Kathryn Stark were awarded the Certificate of Buddhist Chaplaincy for their work and course studies under the guidance of Dr. Kinst.
McDermid, Yanko-Ringle, and Duong received their degrees in absentia. All the degrees and certificates where conferred to the recipient by Dean Payne and Rev. Harada.
A reception followed with family and friends.
Monday, March 26, 2012, 9:01 am
The Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, CA sponsored and held its Second Annual Graduate Symposium that presented work from graduate students across the United States. Institutions represented included Florida State University, the Graduate Theological Union, the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Maitripa College, Northwestern University, and University of Southern California. Within the fields of Art History, Buddhist Studies, and Religious Studies, students presented papers focused on the theme of Globalization, Tourism, Modernization and the Religions of Asia.
Each student explored how one or more of these topics transforms Religions of Asia, both in Asia and the West. Major issues that arose included global and cultural transformations and translations of texts and practices, modern and contemporary activities of Buddhists, and current exhibitions and presentations of Buddhism and Religions of Asia.
The first panel of students gave papers that raised these issues as related to published materials. Jared Gardner from Maitripa College suggested ways that Buddhist literature on the self can be applied to global capitalism, arguing there is a need to think about globalization from a Buddhist perspective. Chenxing Han from the Institute of Buddhist Studies analyzed popular and scientific perspectives on mindful eating and their presentations of Buddhism, which generated conversations comparing the use of Buddhist ideas in popular versus scientific literature. Finally, Sarah Whylly from Florida State University investigated translations of Tannisho that gave way to discussions of contemporary translations of Buddhist texts and concepts. While these papers were diverse in their areas of expertise, an issue raised among them was the importance of power and publication. Across Asia and into the West, Buddhism is globalized and modernized in new ways, and these presenters evidenced how publications affect Buddhism’s contemporary cultural transformations.
The second panel of students raised issues of tourism, exhibition, and presentations of Buddhism and Religions of Asia. Courtney Bruntz from the Graduate Theological Union investigated how religious tourism before China’s 2008 Olympics impacted Beijing temple reconstruction, and in doing so, she presented the ways in which temples were repurposed to meet the needs of China’s growing tourist market. Xiao Yang from Northwestern University detailed visual strategies of Feng Zikai’s Buddhist-Inflected sketches to analyze the relationship between Buddhist art and the development of a civic body. This raised conversation regarding the connections between the cultivation of new cultural environments and Buddhist-inspired practices. Lastly, Victoria Pinto from University of Southern California looked at ‘The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito’ exhibit in North America to discuss contemporary representations of Buddhism. In keeping with the other two presenters, Victoria also raised correlations between visual materials and cultural settings. Questions brought up by the presenters included global representations of Buddhism and Religions of Asia, contemporary museum practices, effects of tourism, and visual strategies of artists. Whereas the first panel considered textual material, this second panel focused on the visual, and presenters introduced art and architecture as a means for conveying, exhibiting, and espousing particular religious and political ideals.
For more information on abstracts and papers from this symposium, please contact Scott Mitchell or Courtney Bruntz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, December 12, 2011, 8:23 am
We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 2nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. Our theme this year is “Globalization, Tourism, Modernization, and the Religions of Asia.”
Both in Asia and in the West, religions are transformed by globalization, tourism, and modernization. This conference invites graduate students to submit proposals considering how one or more of these topics affect religions of Asia, either in the U.S. or abroad.
Proposals should be between 150 to 200 words, and include the paper’s title and the author’s name, affiliation, and contact information. Please submit proposals no later than January 1, 2012.
For more information, or to submit a proposal, please contact Courtney Bruntz or Scott Mitchell.
Proposal Deadline: January 1, 2012
Notification of Acceptance: February 1, 2012
Submission of Full Paper: March 1, 2012
Symposium: March 16, 2012
Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 4:07 pm
The incoming class of fall 2011 at the Institute of Buddhist Studies is one of growing diversity of interest in Buddhist Studies, Shin Ministry and Buddhist Chaplaincy.
Some fifteen ministerial students are enrolled in the degree program, and five are auditing courses on-line. A total of fourteen students are in the Buddhist Chaplaincy degree certification program.Â Two students are in general studies with the goal of eventual ministry.
Of the Graduate Theological Union students participating in the IBS program, seventeen are on-site and twenty-two are taking on-line courses.
â€œIBS continues to grow as it brings Buddhist thought into the western context and provides for an avenue of seeing things from a different perspective, stated Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean.
Thursday, May 12, 2011, 2:12 pm
Three Institute of Buddhist Studiesâ€™ students received their Master Degrees at Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 6, 2011 at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley. The presentations were made by Dr. Leroy Morishiata, Chair of the IBS Board of Trustees.
The event was chaired by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto and began with Opening Service led by Bishop Koshin Ogui, Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America and President of IBS. Opening remarks were made by Dr. Richard Payne, Dean of the IBS, and Dr. Morishita.
The commencement address was presented by Rev. Nobuo Miyaji, Rinban of the Fresno Betsuin Buddhist Temple, who spoke on the importance of Shin Buddhist Education.
IBS graduates included:
- Linda Diane Dorse, â€œDogen in the Kitchen: Expressions of Shikantaza in Instruction for the Cook,â€ with thesis committee members Dr. Lisa Grumbach, Dr. Matsumoto, and Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst
- Takashi Miyaji, â€œShackles of Doubt,â€ with thesis committee members, Dr. Matsumoto, Dr. Nobuo Haneda, and Rev. Dr. Seigen Yamaoka. (His degree was accepted by his father, Rev . Miyaji.)
- Victoria Rose Pinto, â€œShinnyo-en: â€œAn Early History,â€ with committee members, Dr. Payne, Dr. Grumbach, and Dr, Jerome Bagget
Takashi Miyaji is currently attending Ryukoku University, Kyoto, in the Department of Shin Buddhist Studies, and Pinto will be attending the University of Southern California and working for her doctorate in the Department of East Asian Studies, Religion, in the fall.
Dr.Morishita, representing the IBS Trustees, publically announced the appointment of Dr. Yamaoka as the H.E. Kosho Ohtani Chair for Shin Buddhist Studies. Dr. Yamaoka is a Core Faculty member of the IBS and also a Core Doctoral Faculty member of the Graduate Theological Union.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 4:08 pm
Mr. George T. Aratani, a long time supporter of Institute of Buddhist Studies, was presented an Honorary Doctorate, and four IBS students received their Master of Buddhist Studies degrees at Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 14, 2010 at the Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA. The presentations were made by Dr. Leroy Morishita, Chair of the IBS Board of Trustees.
The commencement address was presented by Dr. Paul Harrison, co-chair of the Ho Center Buddhist Studies at Stanford University, who spoke on the expanding interest in Buddhist Studies, which is based on the discovery of new documents in ancient languages closer to the Buddhaâ€™s time.
Upon the conferring of the honorary doctorate to Aratani, Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto stated that Mr. Aratani could not be present to receive the award, but was truly appreciative of the award. Mr. Aratani has generously supported the IBS Center for Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies because he felt the urgent need to bring Shin Studies into America. Rev. Dr. Seigen Yamaoka received the degree on behalf of Mr. Aratani.
The IBS graduates were: G. Kenji Akahoshi of San Jose, David Kazuyoshi Fujimoto of Hawaii, Jon Brett Turner of Orange County, and Mutsumi Fujiwara Wondra of Orange County. Wondra is currently studying at Ryukoku Univ ersity, Kyoto. Alan Wondra accepted the degree on behalf of his wife.
Akahoshiâ€™s thesis was titled, â€œInterpreting the Two Aspects of Deep Mind Utilizing Psychological Metaphors.â€ His committee included Dr. Matsumoto, Dr. Richard Payne, and Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst.
Fujimotoâ€™s thesis was titled, â€œA Consideration of Religious Conversion: In Shinranâ€™s Thought and the Modern Conversion.â€ His committee included Dr. Matsumoto, Dr. Yamaoka, and Rev. Harry Bridge.
Turnerâ€™s thesis was titled, â€œShinran Shoninâ€™s Other Power Nembutsu: A Buddhist Sonic Ritual Based Upon the Mantra.â€ His committee included Dr. Payne, Dr. Yamaoka, and Rev. Marvin Harada.
Wondraâ€™s thesis was titled, â€œInterpreting Shinranâ€™s Teaching Within a Contemporary Shin Buddhist Community: How does a person who has attained the stage of the truly settled live in the contemporary world?â€ Her committee included Dr. Matsumoto, Dr. Eisho Nasu, and Rev. Harada.
The program was chaired by Dr. Matsumoto.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 4:13 pm
The Institute of Buddhist Studies, a graduate seminary for Buddhist Studies, Shin Buddhist Ministry, and Buddhist Chaplaincy, will hold its graduation commencement ceremony on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley.
The commencement speaker will be Dr. Paul Harrison of Stanford University who is co-director of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies.
Degrees will be presented to the 2010 graduates followed by an Honorary Doctorate to be presented to Mr. George Aratani, of Hollywood, Ca., a long-time supporter of the IBS.
The schedule is as follows:
- 10:00 Procession
- 10:15 Opening Service
- 10:30 Introduction of Guests
- 10:40 Comments by Dr. Leroy Morishita, Chair IBS Board of Trustee
- 10:55 Commencement Address: Dr. Harrison
- 11:25 Presentation of diplomas
- 11:40 Presentation of honorary Doctorate to Mr. Aratani
- 11:45 Closing comments
- 11:50 Recessional/oshoko by attendees
- 12:00 Reception with refreshments
Tuesday, September 08, 2009, 3:46 pm
The Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS), a Graduate Seminary for Buddhist Studies, began its 2009 fall semester with an enrollment of 65 students. Of the total 26 are IBS students and 39 are students for the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), a consortium of Christian Seminaries.
Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean, stated that in the past few years the enrollment has increased due to the new IBS location within the Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley. Because of our close proximity to the GTU and the University of California, the campus atmosphere of the IBS has become the focal center for Buddhist Religious Studies.
Of the 26 IBS students 19 are on the MA program, 3 are exchange students from Ryukoku University, 2 are special students, 1 students is with the International Ministerial Orientation Program (IMOP), and 1 auditor.
Of the GTU consortium schools 11 are from the GTU, 13 from the Pacific School of Religion, 8 from the Starr King School of Ministry, 3 from the Jesuit School of Theology, 2 from the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1 from the Franciscan School of Theology, and 1 from San Francisco Theological Seminary.
“On September 1, 2009, the IBS celebrated its 60th anniversary. The faculty and staff are deeply grateful to the members and friends of the Buddhist Churches of America for their continued support in our journey to support the Shin Buddhist movement and Buddhism in the United States,” said Dr. Payne.