“Shinran and the Sutra of Immeasurable Life: Reflections on Reading in the Buddhist Tradition,” is the theme of the symposium co-sponsored by the Ryukoku University Translation Center and the Institute of Buddhist Studies Center for Contemporary Shin Studies on Thursday, August 6, 2015, at the Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA , from 9 am to 5 pm.

Leading Buddhist scholars and theologians will address the question of how Shinran’s treatment of the Sutra of Immeasurable Life might help us to understand what it means to read a Buddhist text (scripture) and what such reading might entail, require, and imply.

Papers will be presented by Dr. Dennis Hirota, Professor Emeritus Ryukoku University; Dr. Luis Gomez, Professor Emeritus Michigan University; Dr. Charles Hallisey, Harvard Divinity Schsool; Dr. James Fredericks, Loyola Marymount University; Dr. Mark Csikszentmihalyi, University of Califrornia; Dr. Ichigyo Oyama, Musashino University; Professor Mitsuya Dake, Ryukoku University; Dr. David Matsumoto, IBS; and others.

The symposium is funded in part by the George T. and Sakaye Aratani Center for Contemporary Shin Studies Endowment.

The public is welcomed to attend. A reception at the JSC will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm following the symposium.

Symposium: Shinran and the Sutra of Immeasurable Life