Archives: faculty notes

Religions: Buddhism in the United States and Canada

April 23, 2019

For the last year, IBS Dean Scott Mitchell has served as a guest editor for […]

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New Book: Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path, A Life of Awakening

April 12, 2013

Wisdom Publications has released a new book by noted Shin Buddhist scholar Takamaro Shigaraki, Heart […]

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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.

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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.

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Buddhist Chaplaincy Conference

May 16, 2011

Some 30 people, with various interest in Buddhist chaplaincy attended the first “Buddhist Chaplaincy Conference: […]

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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.

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Aratani Presentation

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.

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New Core Faculty: Daijaku Judith Kinst

May 12, 2010

The Rev. Dr. Daijaku Judith Kinst, Professor of Buddhism and Psychology, has recently been appointed as a core faculty member of the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS). The announcement was recently made by Dr. Richard Payne, Dean.

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Seattle Betsuin Spring Seminar

April 5, 2010

Institute of Buddhist Studies Dean and Yehan Numata Professor of Japanese Buddhist Studies Richard K. Payne will be delivering the 2010 Spring English Seminar at the Seattle, Washington, Betsuin Buddhist Temple.

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Publication Announcement

March 3, 2010

How Much is Enough? Buddhism, Consumerism, and the Human Environment

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How Much is Enough?

February 22, 2010

A new volume of essays edited by IBS Dean Richard K. Payne has recently been published by Wisdom Publications.

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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.

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The IBS and CBE Announce the 2009 Pacific Seminar

May 20, 2009

The Institute of Buddhist Studies and the BCA Center for Buddhist Education will co-host the Pacific Seminar the 21st Century: Shinran and His Teachings, from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28, 2009 at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley.

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2009 Vesak Celebration

May 20, 2009

The Buddhist Council of Northern California (BCNC) will hosts the annual Vesak Celebration on Saturday, […]

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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, “Path of No Path—Contemporary Studies in Pure Land Buddhism.”

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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 university’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.

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