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August 2018

New and Returning Student Orientation

August 22, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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All current and incoming students are invited to attend the annual orientation to get important information and updates about programs and policies, meet with faculty and advisors, register for courses, and reconnect with friends and peers. Please contact the Registrar for details. This event is not open to the public.

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October 2018

2018 Graduate Student Symposium: Buddhist Political Engagements

October 5, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Buddhist Political Engagements How has Buddhist thought, cosmology, or ethics been used to engage, disengage, critique, or conform to systems of social and political power? Graduate student presenters will explore the various discursive strategies Buddhists have used historically and contemporarily to reimagine Buddhist worlds in the present moment, to critique or support political systems, and develop practices and approaches to the path in line or at odds with social norms. Melissa Anne-Marie Curley will deliver the keynote address, "Impure Land:…

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November 2018

Annual Memorial Service

November 1, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Join us for our annual memorial service to remember those who have gone before and helped to create, sustain, and grow the Institute. There will be a light reception at 5:30 followed by the formal service at 7:00. RSVP required.

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March 2019

Hearing the Light: innovation and compassion in American Pure Land Buddhism, BCANCM Symposium

March 7

Our annual symposium at the BCA National Council Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, March 7, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. More information is forthcoming.

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2019 Ryukoku Lecture (1): The World of Theravadins

March 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Please join us for the 2019 Ryukoku Lecture Series, delivered by Prof. Yukio Hayashi, “The World of Theravadins: It’s Tradition and Transition from the Field Observation since 1981.”

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April 2019

2019 Spring Colloquy

April 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Join us for a conversation with our graduating students to discuss their research and celebrate their success. Student speakers: Brent Beavers (GTU/IBS MA) No-Self, Five Aggregates, and a Fearless Heart in the Interruption of Transgender Othering in Healthcare Rhiana Wiggins (GTU/IBS MA) The Buddhist Teachings of Impermanence as a Heuristic Means: Transforming Fear and Denial of Death and Dying

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May 2019

Introduction to Buddhist Chaplaincy

May 11 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Sati Center, Insight Mediation Center, 108 Birch Street
Redwood City, CA 94062 United States
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With Jennifer Lemas, Daijaku Kinst, Diane Wilde and Others Saturday May 11, 2019, 9:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. Join us 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 Bud- dhism, and for some, as a vocation and profession. Information…

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2019 Graduation and Commencement Ceremony

May 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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The IBS 2019 Graduation Ceremony will take place the morning of Friday, May 24. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for details and to RSVP.

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October 2019

Robots in Robes: Buddhism, AI, and Skillful Means, 2019 Numata Lecture

October 17 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Please join us for the 2019 Numata Lecture with Dr. Courtney Bruntz Thursday October 17 at 4 p.m. Robots in Robes: Buddhism, AI, and Skillful Means In 2015, the Longquan Temple outside Beijing unveiled "Xian'er" -- a two-foot-tall robot monk capable of responding to questions, chanting sutras, and singing Buddhist songs. A few years later, the Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto debuted "Mindar" -- a six foot tall android Kannon (the Bodhisattva of Compassion) with the ability to provide a sermon…

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November 2019

Approaches to Shin Buddhist Ethical Thinking

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jodo Shinshu Center (IBS), 2140 Durant Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
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Ryukoku University and Institute of Buddhist Studies present a Symposium on Approaches to Shin Buddhist Ethical Thinking November 1, 2019 1:00 – 5:00 pm Jodo Shinshu Center 1:00-2:45 Papers by: Mitsuya Dake James Fredericks Charles Hallisey Dennis Hirota Responses and Discussion 3:00-5:00 Presentation: “Jōdo Shinshū and Ethics” Takashi Miyaji Responses and Discussion Speakers: Dennis Hirota, PhD Emeritus Professor of Shin Buddhist Studies Ryukoku University Mitsuya Dake Professor of Japanese Religion Ryukoku University Charles Hallisey Yehan Numata Senior Lecturer on Buddhist…

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