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April 2019

2019 Spring Colloquy

April 12, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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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 @ 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 @ 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 - March 15
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 @ 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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