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February 2020

2020 Ryukoku Lecture (1)

February 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Life and Thought of Rennyo – His Propagation Skills and Influences The 2020 Ryukoku Lectures will be delivered by Kenjun Inoue, Assistant Professor of the Department of Shin Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University. The topic of the lectures will be Rennyo (1415–1499), the 8th Monshu of Hongwanji, widely credited as making the Hongwanji-ha Japanese Buddhism’s largest sect during the 15th century. Inoue-sensei will discuss Rennyo’s propagation skills and his influences. There will be two lectures on February 25 and 27, 2020…

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2020 Ryukoku Lecture (2)

February 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Life and Thought of Rennyo – His Propagation Skills and Influences The 2020 Ryukoku Lectures will be delivered by Kenjun Inoue, Assistant Professor of the Department of Shin Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University. The topic of the lectures will be Rennyo (1415–1499), the 8th Monshu of Hongwanji, widely credited as making the Hongwanji-ha Japanese Buddhism’s largest sect during the 15th century. Inoue-sensei will discuss Rennyo’s propagation skills and his influences. There will be two lectures on February 25 and 27, 2020…

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October 2020

The True Teaching? Fall 2020 Numata Lecture with Jolyon Baraka Thomas

October 9, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Register for this webinar here. Please join us on Friday October 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., Pacific time, for our first 2020 Numata Lecture. The True Teaching? Japanese Buddhists and the Quasi-Sectarian Politics of Public Schooling Secularist legal arrangements place religious organizations in a paradoxical position: they must serve the public good while simultaneously fostering private virtue. These tensions become particularly salient in situations where religious organizations must clarify their relationship to state, society, and the laity. In this lecture…

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Sculpture, Time, and Materiality in a Buddhist Cave Shrine: Fall 2020 Numata Lecture with Michelle C. Wang

October 23, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Register for this webinar here. Please join us on Friday October 23, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., Pacific time, for our second 2020 Numata Lecture. Sculpture, Time, and Materiality in a Buddhist Cave Shrine This talk examines the dialogue between architecture and sculpture in Maijishan Cave 133, located near Tianshui, Gansu Province.  Initially constructed in the sixth century, this Buddhist cave shrine continued to receive patronage from pious donors through the Ming and Qing dynasties.  Among the objects that were placed…

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March 2021

2021 Ryukoku Lecture: Prof. Akira Yoshida

March 8, 2021 - March 11, 2021
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Views of the Human Beings in the Doctrines of the Buddhist Praxis 「仏教の修道論に見られる人間観」 Akira Yoshida, Associate Professor, Ryukoku University, Faculty of Economics How did the teaching of early Buddhism view human beings and their Buddhist praxis toward enlightenment in India? We refer to the Abhidharma literatures by the Sarvastivada and writings in the sixth century about the theory of Buddhist epistemology. 修道論(修行論)に関する仏教の教説の中に見られる人間観のうちで注目すべきいくつかの特徴を見てみたい。特に、説一切有部のアビダルマ文献における記述や、6 世紀以降の 仏教認識論における記述を中心的にあつかう予定である。 In Japanese with English translation provided by Rev. Dr. Mutsumi, Institute of Buddhist Studies and Orange…

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Taitetsu Unno Memorial Lecture: Kenneth Tanaka

March 19, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Taitetsu Unno Memorial Lecture Featuring Kenneth Kenshin Tanaka Professor Emeritus, Musashino University, Tokyo Click here to register for this event. With generous support from the Unno family and in honor of the Seventh Cycle Memorial for Rev. Dr. Taitetsu Unno (1929-2014), the Institute of Buddhist Studies is pleased to announced the Taitetsu Unno Memorial lecture, to be held on Friday March 19, 2021 via Zoom webinar. A prolific author and scholar, Rev. Dr. Unno was a graduate of the Univeristy…

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April 2021

Lama Rod Owens Speaks on “Love and Rage: The Path to Liberation”

April 15, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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IBS is proud to support the The 14th Annual John E. Boswell Lecture at The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion with Lama Rod Owens: “Love and Rage: The Path to Liberation” In our present day, when a politics of anger infuses every institutional and cultural sphere, Lama Rod Owens, author of Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger, will explore a radical re-envisioning of this timely topic as he addresses, in particular, those who feel called…

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September 2021

Secularizing Buddhism Book Event

September 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Buddhism is both deeply personal and profoundly social. In the neutral tones of academic language, we might say that secular Buddhism, and secularized forms of Buddhist practice such as mindfulness, are simply adaptations to a new society. This picture is at times supported by claims that reinterpretation is simply what Buddhist history has always been. We can, however, look through the neutral measured tones of that language with a hermeneutics of suspicion. Then, we can see a history of conflict,…

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March 2022

2022 Ryukoku Lecture: Dr. Bunei Takada

March 14 - March 18

Ōjōyōshū- A Collection on the Essentials Concerning Birth and Shinran Shōnins 「往生要集』と親鸞聖人」  Professor Bunei Takada, Ryukoku University, Faculty of Letters: Shin Buddhist Studies Ōjōyōshū - A Collection on the Essentials Concerning Birth is the important scripture in Shin Buddhist studies. The author was Genshin, one of the Seven Pure Land Masters selected by Shinran. Shin Buddhist researchers and scholars tend to read this text in the context of Jōdoshinshū, and unconsciously overlook the original intension of Ōjōyōshū. This lecture is…

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April 2022

Buddhist Spiritual Care for Our Times

April 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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How can we engage in Buddhist pastoral care while addressing the pressing issues of our times? Join us Thursday, April 28, from 4-5pm Pacific Time for a panel with Rev. Blayne Higa, Rev. Jo Laurence, and Rev. Trent Thornley as they discuss their community-oriented ministry and chaplaincy work. The conversation will be moderated by IBS Chaplaincy Program Coordinator Chenxing Han. We'll have ample time for dialogue with these three special guests, so your insights and questions will be most welcome.…

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