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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
Zoom Webinar

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
Zoom Webinar

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
Zoom Webinar

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
Zoom Webinar

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
Zoom Webinar

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 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom Webinar

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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Daring Compassion & Movement Chaplaincy

April 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom Webinar

Join us for a talk about care, accompaniment and resilience building in social change movements and the specific emerging role of movement chaplaincy as a source of support and care. Are movements secular? Is there a place for emotional and spiritual care in the work of changing laws, communities and dominant systems? We will explore these and other questions in an interactive discussion about providing care and nurturing sustainable leadership in the world of activism, organizing and social change. Faith…

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May 2021

2021 Graduation and Commencement

May 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Zoom Webinar

Please join us for a celebration of our students on Friday May 21 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Register here for the Zoom meeting. Due to the covid pandemic last year, IBS was unable to host an in-person commencement ceremony for our 2020 graduates. Unfortunately, though there is a light at the end of the tunnel, we are not quite ready to come together in person. And so we will gather virtually to celebrate the achievements of both our 2020…

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September 2021

Secularizing Buddhism Book Event

September 10 @ 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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