Archives: faculty notes
Religions: Buddhism in the United States and Canada
April 23, 2019
New Book: Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path, A Life of Awakening
April 12, 2013
Buddhism or Buddhisms? Rhetorical consequences of geo-political categories
August 13, 2012
The categorization of Buddhism along geo-political lines is perhaps the most common organizing principle today. It also tends to be accepted uncritically. Thus we find, without explanation, such expressions as “Indian Buddhism,” “Tibetan Buddhism,” “Chinese Buddhism,” “Burmese Buddhism,” and so on. These categories predominate not only in popular representations of Buddhism, such as the Buddhist magazines, but also in textbooks of both “world’s religions” and of Buddhism, in academic societies, and publishing, and perhaps the most durable entrenchment, in academic appointments.
Gil Fronsdal: Making a Difference, A Vision for the Role of Mindfulness in Society
January 31, 2012
New Publication: Buddhism in the Modern World
January 26, 2012
Routledge has published a new volume, edited by David L. McMahan, titled Buddhism in the Modern World.
In Buddhism in the Modern World, McMahan brings together sixteen scholars to discuss various aspects of modern Buddhism in contemporary Asia and the West. Scholars from Martin Baumann and Paul David Numrich to Damien Keown and Cristina Rocha explore how Buddhism is practiced from Southeast Asia to Europe, how it influences ethics and social engagement, culture and politics.
Buddhist Chaplaincy Conference
May 16, 2011
Noboru and Yaeko Hanyu Buddhist Chaplaincy Professorial Chair
February 16, 2011
Noboru Hanyu, on January 26, 2011, established a $500,000.00 endowed professorial chair at the Institute of Buddhist Studies to honor his late wife Yaeko, who passed away on November 1, 2002. He attributes his life long association with the Buddhist Churches of America to the support of his loving wife.
June 21, 2010
Mr. George T. Arataini, a long time supporter of the Institute of Buddhist Studies was conferred an Honorary Doctorate at his home in Hollywood, CA on Thursday, June 17, 2010 by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, the IBS George and Sakaye Aratani Professor. Dr. Aratani was not able to attend the IBS Commencement Ceremony held on May 14, 2010 in Berkeley, CA.
New Core Faculty: Daijaku Judith Kinst
May 12, 2010
March 3, 2010
How Much is Enough?
February 22, 2010
2009 IASBS Conference Highlights
June 22, 2009
Some 100 scholars, priests, and students attended the 14th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies held on June 12-14 at the Ryukoku University Omiya Campus in Kyoto, Japan. With the theme “Shin Buddhism in the World of the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Potential,” some 52 scholars, priests, and students from Japan, the United States, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hawaii, South America, and Europe presented papers on a wide variety of topics committed to Shin Buddhist Studies.
The IBS and CBE Announce the 2009 Pacific Seminar
May 20, 2009
2009 Vesak Celebration
May 20, 2009
New Publication: Path of No Path
April 5, 2009
The Institute of Buddhist Studies, Graduate Seminary for Shin Buddhist Ministry and Buddhist Research, and the Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research both at Berkeley, announced the publication of the second of three volumes titled, â€œPath of No Pathâ€”Contemporary Studies in Pure Land Buddhism.â€
Dr. Eisho Nasu Receives New Post
April 1, 2009
Dr. Eisho Nasu, the Hongwanji Chair Professor of Shin Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, for the past twelve years, was recently offered by Ryukoku University, Kyoto to the position of full-professor of Shinshu Studies in the universityâ€™s Department of Letters. He will begin his teaching assignment on April 1, 2009. Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean, made the announcement at the IBS Trustee Meeting on Friday, January 23, 2009.