The Toshihide Nowata Book Award in Buddhism was established in 2009 in order to support the further development of the Buddhist studies especially in the Western world. The eining entry for rhe best academic Buddhist title of the year is selected by an independent committee. The awardee for fiscal year 2017 was Dr. Jacqueline I. Stone, Professor,Department of Religion, Princeton University, and her Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhism and Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan.Dr. Stone’s chief research area is medieval Japanese Buddhism. And also, She is ongoing research the traditions of the Lotus Sūtra, particularly Tendai and Nichiren Buddhism, as well as their modern redefinitions.
On February 7, 2019, Dr. Stone held the special lecture whose title was “By the Power of One’s Last Nenbutsu: Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan.” In her lecture, Dr. Stone explained what the deathbed practices 臨終行儀 in Buddhism is, and she mentioned how this practices progagated to many people in Japan. And also, Dr. Stone dealed with the role that Kalyāṇa-mittatā 善知識 played in this practice.
Speaker: Dr. Jacqueline I. Stone (Professor, Department of Religion, Princeton University)
Chair: Mitsuya Dake （Professor, Faculty of International Studies, Department of International Communication, Ryukoku University）
Free of charge. No reservation is needed.
The lecture is held in Japanese.