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September 2021

Secularizing Buddhism Book Event

September 10, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Zoom Webinar

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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October 2021

Virtual Open House

October 6, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

IBS is pleased to offer this year's first Virtual Open House. Come learn about our stackable curriculum, degree and certificate programs, financial aid and more! Sōtō Zen Buddhist Studies Certificate Program Director Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst, chaplaincy program coordinator Chenxing Han and Shin Buddhist Studies program coordinator Rev. Harry Bridge will be presenting on the two certificate programs and answering questions.     The agenda for this event is as follows: -Opening and introduction to IBS programs, application process and…

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2021 Graduate Student Symposium

October 22, 2021
Zoom Webinar

Authority and Normativity in and Between Buddhist Traditions 9 AM - 12:30 PM PT Registration info here The question “what is Buddhism?” is deceptively uncomplicated. Scratching beneath the surface of this question presents a host of issues surrounding who has the authority to make normative claims about the Buddhadharma, what it includes and what it excludes.  What resources do Buddhist authorities, laypeople, and academics draw on to define Buddhism for themselves and for others? What are the ethical and philosophical…

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November 2021

Annual Memorial Service

November 11, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zoom Webinar

The Institute of Buddhist Studies will hold its Annual Memorial Service via Zoom on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 7:00 pm (Pacific time). This will be an opportunity for us to remember all of the many people who have allowed IBS to grow and flourish. We would be very honored if you could join us at this important event. Click here to register for this event.

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January 2022

Spring 2022 Virtual Open House

January 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Zoom Webinar

IBS is pleased to offer a Virtual Open House on January 26, 2022. Come learn about our stackable curriculum, degree and certificate programs, financial aid and more! IBS alumni Rev. Blayne Higa and dharma teacher and chaplain Dawn Neal will speak about their educational experiences and answer question. Dean Scott Mitchell, Sōtō Zen Buddhist Studies Certificate Program Director Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst, chaplaincy program coordinator Chenxing Han and Shin Buddhist Studies program coordinator Rev. Harry Bridge will also be available…

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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
Zoom Webinar

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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May 2022

2022 Commencement Ceremony

May 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Please join us (virtually) for the 2022 Graduation and Commencement service on Friday, May 20, 2022. We will be honoring those students completing degree and certificate programs in 2022 as well as those students from 2020 and 2021. In order to protect the health and safety of our community, in person attendance will be limited to our graduates and one guest per graduate as well as IBS staff, faculty, and members of the Board of Trustees.  Graduates intending to attend…

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Intro to Buddhist Chaplaincy

May 21 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Curious about Buddhist chaplaincy? Join the Sati Center and the Institute of Buddhist Studies for a half-day overview of a chaplain's work of providing spiritual care and support for people in hospitals, hospices, prisons, and a wide variety of other settings. The work is wonderfully challenging and satisfying. In recent years, Buddhist practitioners have been experiencing chaplaincy as a powerful opportunity to practice engaged Buddhism, and for some, as a vocation and profession. Information about the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy,…

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July 2022

Summer Virtual Open House

July 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Zoom Webinar

IBS is pleased to offer a Virtual Open House on Wednesday July 20, 2022 from 5:30-6:30PST. Come learn about our stackable curriculum, degree and certificate programs, financial aid and more! IBS alum CJ Sokugan Dunford will speak about their educational experiences and answer questions. Dean Scott Mitchell, professor of Tibetan Buddhism and Buddhist Chaplaincy Dr. Nancy Lin, and Shin Buddhist Studies program coordinator Rev. Harry Bridge will also be available to answer questions about the application process, school culture, tuition, differences…

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