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Thursday, April 11, 2013, 9:45 am
A two day symposium jointly sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and Buddhist Ministry Initiative, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, will be conducted on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA , with the theme “Dharma at Times of Need: The interface of Chaplaincy and Ministry.”
“This two-day symposium will explore the ways that engaging the insights of how 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 hose times of need,” said, Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean.
IBS and Harvard students and faculty will present papers to be discussed in their field of study.
Friday, May 3
3:00 – 3:30 pm Opening Greetings
3:30 – 5:30 pm First Panel
5:30 – 6:00 pm Break/Refreshments
6:00 – 7:00 pm Keynote: “Buddhist Chaplaincy and Practical Ministry in an International Context.”
Saturday, May 4
8:30 – 9:00 am Opening Greetings
9:00 – 11:00 am Second Panel
11:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break
1:00 – 3:00 pm Third Panel
3:00 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 5:30 pm Fourth Panel
5:30 - 6:00 pm Closing
The symposium is free and open to the public. Those who wish to participate are asked to register online.
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
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 email@example.com.
Thursday, March 11, 2010, 9:00 am
The International Ryukoku Symposium, with the theme of “Buddhist Culture and Monseki (Imperial and Aristocratic lineage) Temples in Japan” was held on Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The RUBEC (Ryukoku University Berkeley Center) located at the Jodo Shinto Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA.
The symposium was co-sponsored by the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Dr. Duncan Williams, Director; Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan, and Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley. Dr. Richard Payne, Dean.
The first presenter was Professor Yukio Kusaka of Ryukoku University. His presentation was “Literary Texts and Archives at the Imperial Temple of Shogo-in.” He spoke on the literary contribution and transmission of classic literary texts to future priests of the imperial temples.
The second presenter was Associate Professor Tesshin Michimoto of Ryukoku Univertsity. His presentation was “The Five Wisdom Crown Buddha (Image) of Mt. Hiei.” His paper dealt with the use of the Five Wisdom Crown Buddha as a main shrine in the “jogyodo” or continuous nembutsu practice halls of Mt. Hiei. Also, in the field of religious studies, he showed that a single tradition held on to divergent interpretations of a single text, practice, or ideas without trying to reconcile them.
The third presenter was Visiting Professor Koichi Fujimoto at Ryukoku. His presentation was “Aristocratic Society and Temple Complexes with a Focus in the Construction of Byodo-in Temple.” In his presentation Fujimoto states that the founder of Byodo-in Temple, Fujiwara no Yorimichi show that every aspect of the temple, design and iconography was aimed at helping individuals envision the Pure Land. He also used the temple for a larger political and economic purpose, which was to protect the interests of his own clan Sekkanke line of the Fujiwaras.
The fourth presenter was, Dr. Donald Drummand Director of RUBEC Berkeley Center. His presentation was “Monastic Imperial Prince Kakuho and the Imperial Temple of Ninnanji.” He takes up the life of Prince Kakuho, his early life and his education. Kakuhoâ€™s major contribution stabilizing the factions on Mt. Koya.
Dr. Lori Meeks, Assistant Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages and Culture, at the University of Southern California, gave the final summation. In her summation she posed one large question to the presenters, that is, “what was the broader impact, on Japan Buddhism as a whole, of the aristocraticization of certain monastic institutions from the late Heian period forward? How did the expansion of monzeki culture, and the growing power of aristocratic elites at places like Mr. Hiei, affect the larger history of Japanese Buddhism?”
On Saturday, March 5, welcome reception was held at the JSC.