The Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, Ryukoku University together with the Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and the Shin Buddhist Comprehensive Research Institute at Otani University announce the fifth in a series of workshops led by Mark Blum, Michael Conway, and Mitsuya Dake devoted to the critical examination of premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of Shin school of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read religious text in postwar Japan.
This current workshop will be held from March 1 to 3, 2019, at the University of California, Berkeley. The first workshop was held successfully in March 2017 in Berkley and succeeding workshops will continue until 2021, with meetings planned twice a year, in late March in Berkeley and early August in Kyoto, where it will be hosted alternately by Otani and Ryukoku Universities.
Organized around close readings of the most influential materials produced in early modern and modern Japan, the workshop aims at producing a critical, annotated translation detailing the salient ways in which this text has been both inspirational and controversial, as well as a series of essays analyzing a wide spectrum of voices in Japanese scholarship and preaching that have spoken on this work.
The current workshop will focus on a careful reading of Edo-period commentaries by Enchi (1662), Jukoku (1740), Jinrei (1801-1808), and Ryōshō (1841). There will also be presentations by participants in the previous workshops related to modern period commentaries by authors such as Akegarasu Haya (1911), Chikazumi Jōkan (1930), and Soga Ryōjin (1947), as well as important themes within the Tannishō itself.
There is no participation fee.
◆ Application Procedure
Application ProcedureFor detailed information please see the following files.
◆ Travel Fellowships (Ryukoku University)
The Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, Ryukoku University will also award a limited number of travel fellowships to the graduate students who are not affiliated with the three institutions listed above as well as those of Ryukoku University based on preparedness, need, and commitment to the project as a whole. Those interested in receiving a fellowship should send the a C.V. and short letter explaining your qualifications, motivations, and objectives (documents which you send to email@example.com) to the Ryukoku office, firstname.lastname@example.org by January 10, 2019.
Questions about the content of the workshop should also be directed to the above address, or Mark Blum (Buddhist Studies Program, University of California, Berkeley, email@example.com) and the Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, Ryukoku University (firstname.lastname@example.org).