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November 2019

2019 Annual Memorial Service

November 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Please RSVP if you are interested in joining us for our annual memorial service to remember all those who came before to make the Institute possible.

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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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March 2020

Foundations for Buddhist Chaplaincy: Cancelled

March 13, 2020 - March 15, 2020
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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UPDATE: This event has been cancelled. Regrettably, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, and an overabundance of caution, CJS and IBS have made the difficult decision to cancel this event. The organizers sincerely hope to reschedule this important conference at some point in the near future. For updates, please sign up for our email list. Foundations for Buddhist Chaplaincy: Dialogues and Developments in Japan and North America connecting Teachings and Effective Service Co-sponsored by the Institute of…

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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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November 2020

Fall 2020 Memorial Service

November 12, 2020

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January 2021

Be the Refuge — Book Launch: A Conversation with Chenxing Han

January 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Be the Refuge Book Launch: A Conversation with Chenxing Han Join us on Thursday, January 28, 2021, for a conversation with Chenxing Han to discuss her new book, Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists. Register for this event here! Begun as a research project at IBS, Han’s forthcoming book both critiques the erasure and uplifts the voices of Asian American Buddhists. Han's work champions Asian American Buddhists as trailblazers, bridge-builders, integrators, and refuge-makers, bringing a fresh…

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March 2021

2021 Ryukoku Lecture: Prof. Akira Yoshida

March 8 - March 11
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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 @ 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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