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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: 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.

Second Annual Graduate Student Symposium

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 courtney.bruntz@gmail.com.

Graduate Student Symposium: Globalization, Tourism, Modernization, and Religions of Asia

March 16, 2012
1:00 pmto5:30 pm

We are pleased to announce the Institute of Buddhist Studies’ Second Annual Graduate Student symposium: “Globalization, Tourism, Modernization, and the Religions of Asia.”

The symposium will highlight work by graduate students, who will present a range of topics within the field of Religious Studies. Considerations will include religious tourism, cultural transformation of texts and practices, and modern and contemporary activities of Buddhists.

The event will take place 1:00pm – 5:30pm, Friday March 16th at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, with a light reception to follow.

RSVP on our Facebook page.

This event is free and open to the public.

Presenters include:

Courtney Bruntz, Graduate Theological Union: “Religious Tourism in Contemporary China: A Case Study of Beijing Temple Reconstruction and the 2008 Olympics.”

Chenxing Han, Institute of Buddhist Studies: “What’s Buddhism got to do with it?: Popular and scientific perspectives on mindful eating.”

Jared Gardner, Maitripa College and Starr King School for the Ministry: “Globalism, Capitalism and Race: Toward a Buddhist Theology of Racial Justice.”

Victoria Pinto, University of Southern California: “Encounter and Passage: A Look at ‘The Vision and Art of Shinjo Ito’ Exhibit in North America.”

Sarah Whylly, Florida State University: “Tannisho Translations.”

Xiao Yang, Northwestern University: “Art as Skillful Means (upāya方便), Art for New Chinese Citizens: Visual Strategies of Feng Zikai’s Buddhist-Inflected Sketches (1920-1940s).”

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