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【October 4th, 2019】 Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism Special Lecture “What Metaphors Mean and Do within Buddhist Philosophical Text?: A Yogācāra Perspective”

Date
October 4th, 2019
Place
Conference Room, 2nd Floor West Hall, Ōmiya Campus, Ryūkoku University

【May 22, 2019】Special Lecture “A Window into Sino-Tibetan Pure Land Practices at Duhuang”

Date
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 1:15 to 2:45pm
Place
Conference Room, 2nd Floor West Hall, Omiya Campus, Ryukoku University
Presenter
(Timetable)

The Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures at Ryukoku University,Kyoto will host a special lecture by Dr. Jonathan Silk (Professor, Leiden University, Netherlands) entitled “A Window into Sino-Tibetan Pure Land Practices at Duhuang.”

 

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 1:15 to 2:45pm

 

Title: “A Window into Sino-Tibetan Pure Land Practices at Duhuang”

 

Speaker: Jonathan Silk (Professor, Leiden University, Netherlands)

 

To see more about Dr. Jonathan Silk, visit the website below.

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/staffmembers/jonathan-silk#tab-1

 

 

Location: Conference Room, 2nd Floor West Hall, Omiya Campus, Ryukoku University. Refer to the following link for information about the location of the campus.

https://www.ryukoku.ac.jp/english2/about/access/omiya.html

 

The lecture is held in English.

There is no fee for participation and no need to register in advance.

 

Sponsors
The Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures at Ryukoku University, Ryukoku University Research Center for Buddhist Cultures in Asia
Poster
Flyer 2019.5.22 Lecture, Jonathan Silk

【May 28, 2019】Special Lecture “Mid-century Transnational Japanese American Buddhism”

Date
Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00pm
Place
Conference Room, 2nd Floor West Hall, Omiya Campus, Ryukoku University
Presenter
(Timetable)

The Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures at Ryukoku University,Kyoto will host a special lecture by Dr. Scott A. Mitchell (Professor, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley California) entitled “Mid-century Transnational Japanese American Buddhism.” This lecture will be held in commemoration of the conclusion of an academic agreement with Institute of Shin Buddhist Studies.

 

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019, from 5:00 to 7:00pm

 

Title: “Mid-century Transnational Japanese American Buddhism”

 

Speaker: Scott A. Mitchell (Professor, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley California)

To see more about Dr. Mitchell, visit the website below.

Scott A. Mitchell

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Conference Room, 2nd Floor West Hall, Omiya Campus, Ryukoku University. Refer to the following link for information about the location of the campus.

https://www.ryukoku.ac.jp/english2/about/access/omiya.html

 

The lecture is held in English.

There is no fee for participation and no need to register in advance.

 

Sponsors
The Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures at Ryukoku University
Poster
【チラシ】 2019.5.28 Scott Mitchell Special Lecture

【February 14, 2019】Special Lecture “The Sacredness of Modern Japanese Emperors and Buddhas and Kami”

Date
February 14 2019, 15:00-16:30
Place
Conference Room, 2nd Floor West Hall, Omiya Campus, Ryukoku University
Presenter
(Timetable)

Dr. Fumihiko Sueki (International Research Center for Japanese Studies)

 

 

Special Lecture

“The Sacredness of Modern Japanese Emperors and Buddhas and Kami”

(近代天皇の聖性と神仏)

 

Free of charge. No reservation is needed.

The lecture is held in Japanese.

Sponsors
Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, Ryukoku University
Poster
"The Sacredness of Modern Japanese Emperors and Buddhas and Kami"

 

Inquiries:rcwbc.office@gmail.com

【February 7, 2019】 Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism Special Lecture

Date
February 7, 2019, 3:00~4:30 pm
Place
Conference Room, 2nd Floor West Hall, Ōmiya Campus, Ryukoku University
Presenter
(Timetable)

Dr. Jacqueline I. Stone

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.

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Dr. Jacqueline I. Stone (Professor, Department of Religion, Princeton University)

Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism Special Lecture

By the Power of One’s Last Nenbutsu: Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan

 

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.

 

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Inquiries:rcwbc.office@gmail.com

Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, Ryukoku University
Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism)
Research Center for Buddhist Cultures in Asia, Ryukoku University
Poster
Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism Special Lecture

【Announcement】 Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials at Ryukoku University (Fourth Meeting) 【past】

Date
June 22 to 24, 2018
Place
Omiya campus, Ryukoku University in Kyoto
Presenter
(Timetable)

From June 22th to 24th, the Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials (Fourth Meeting) was held at Omiya campus, Ryukoku University in Kyoto. In this workshop, Participants were divided into four groups and attempted to translate the commentaries on Tannishō written during the Edo time period into English. A lot of scholars gathered from the countries such as the U.S.A., Israel, and Taiwan, and actively engaged in the discussion.

In the workshop, Dr. Ayako Ōsawa and Mr. Wayne Yokoyama gave lectures on June 22. In addition, Rev. Shin’in Nishida also gave the special lecture “On the Study of the Tannisho in Edo Period” on June 23.


Conference Room, 2nd Floor West Hall

Welcome party

Rev. Shin’in Nishida

Small Group Translation Session

June 22, 2018

Meeting place: Conference Room, 2nd Floor West Hall, Omiya Campus Ryukoku University.

Meeting time: 10:00 am.

Please check the PDF attached to this mail or see the following website.

https://www.ryukoku.ac.jp/english2/about/location.html

https://www.ryukoku.ac.jp/english2/about/access/omiya.html

Program (New)

 

The Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures at 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 fourth in a series of workshops led by Prof. Mark Blum, Prof. Michael Conway, and Prof. 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.

The fourth workshop will be held at Ryukoku University Omiya Campus in Kyoto from June 22 to 24, 2018. The first workshop was held successfully in Berkley in March 2017 and succeeding workshops will continue until 2021, with meetings planned twice a year. The second workshop was held in Kyoto in early August 2017, the third one was held in Berkeley in March 2018. The fourth one will be hosted by Ryukoku University in Kyoto in June.

 

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.

 

Following the previous workshops, the workshop will focus on an English translation of Edo-period commentaries by Enchi (1662), Jukoku (1740), Jinrei (1801-1808), and Ryōshō (1841). There will also be special lectures regarding Tannishō during the workshop.

 

◆ Location

Omiya campus, Ryukoku University in Kyoto

*Omiya campus of Ryukoku University is close to JR Kyoto station. For detailed information please see the following sites.

https://www.ryukoku.ac.jp/english2/about/location.html

https://www.ryukoku.ac.jp/about/campus_traffic/traffic/t_omiya.html

 

◆ Cost

There is no participation fee.

 

◆ Format of the Workshop

English and Japanese.

◆ Requirements for Participation

Although any qualified applicant will be welcome to register, graduate students will be particularly welcome and the only recipients of financial assistance in the form of travel fellowships.

◆ Application Procedure

For detailed information please see the following files.

Announcement (PDF)

Please download the application format.

Application Format (word)

◆ Application Deadline

Participations: June 8, 2018 (Japan time)

Applicants for travel fellowship: April 26, 2018 (Japan time)

◆ Inquiries

Questions about the content of the workshop should also be directed to the following address.

rcwbc.office@gmail.com

Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures at Ryukoku University

Sponsors
Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, Ryukoku University
Centers for Japanese Studies and Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley
Shin Buddhist Comprehensive Research Institute, Otani University
Poster
Workshop on Tannishō Commentarial Materials at Ryukoku University (Fourth Meeting)

【June 8, 2018】 Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism Special Lecture

Date
Friday June 8, 2018, 3:00~5:00 pm
Place
Conference Room, 2nd Floor West Hall, Ōmiya Campus, Ryukoku University
Presenter
(Timetable)

The Toshihide Numata 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 winning entry for the best academic Buddhist title of the year is selected by an independent committee. The awardee for fiscal year 2016 was Dr. Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies, Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Harvard Divinity School, and her Being Human in a Buddhist World: An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet. Dr. Gyatso is the scholer of the early modern Tibetan Buddhism who also pays great attention to the issues of the Tibetan culture, society and jender.

On June 8, 2018, Dr. Gyatso held the special lecture whose title was “Categories, Mentalities, Individuals: Historiography in a Buddhological Vein.” In her lecture, Dr. Gyatso explained the relationship between Buddhist terms used in Tibetan medicine and the empiricism of the medical treatment, and also discussed their background.

 

 

“Categories, Mentalities, Individuals: Historiography in a Buddhological Vein”

 

Speaker: Dr. Janet Gyatso

(Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies, Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, Harvard Divinity School)

 

Chair, Interpreter: Eisho Nasu (Professor, Ryukoku University)

Respondent: Takahiko Kameyama (Adjunct lecturer, Ryukoku University)

 

  • Free of charge. No reservation is needed.
  • Both the lecture and response are held in English. They are simultaneously translated into Japanese.

Inquiries:rcwbc.office@gmail.com

 

Conference Room, 2nd Floor West Hall, Ōmiya Campus, Ryukoku University

Sponsors: Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, Ryukoku University and Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism)
Supporter: Research Center for Buddhist Cultures in Asia, Ryukoku University
Poster
[Third Meeting] Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism Special Lecture

Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism Special Lecture (October 9 2017)

Date
Monday, October 9 2017, 1:15-4:30 pm
Place
Conference Room, 2nd Floor West Hall, Ōmiya Campus, Ryukoku University
Presenter
(Timetable)

The Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, Ryukoku University is pleased to announce the special lectures by Dr. Lothar Ledderose and Prof. Sun Hua, two outstanding scholars who received the 2015 Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism for their edited volume, Buddhist Stone Sutras in China, Sichuan Province vol. 1.

 

 

1:15-2:45pm
“Japanese Scholarship on Chinese Sutras Engraved in Stone”
Speaker: Dr. Lothar Ledderose (Senior Professor, Heidelberg University and Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften)
Interpreter: Eishō Nasu (Professor, Ryukoku University)

 

3:00-4:30pm
“Mingshansi Temple in Anyue County of Sichuan Province and Liuzhao sect of Esoteric Buddhism”
Speaker: Prof. Sun Hua
(Director, Center for Cultural Heritage Studies, Peking University; Professor, School of Archeology and Museology, Peking University)
Interpreter: Li Manning (Research Assistant, Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, Ryukoku University)

 

Chair: Eishō Nasu (Professor, Faculty of Letters, Ryukoku University; Manager of International Research Division, Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, Ryukoku University)

 

Free of charge. No reservation is needed.

 

 

Dr. Lothar Ledderose

Photo Prof. Ledderose_small

 

1. Profile
Dr. Lothar Ledderose is a senior professor of Heidelberg University and Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften. He is also a member of the China Center of Visual Studies of the China Academy of Art, and corresponding member of the British Academy. His specialty is the Art history of East Asia.
Dr. Ledderose studied in Cologne, Bonn, Paris, Princeton, Harvard, Taipei, and Tokyo, and received his PhD in Heidelberg on 1969. He was a chair of East Asian Art History at the University of Heidelberg from 1976 to 2010, and senior professor since 2010. He is also a laureate of the 2005 International Balzan Prize.

 

2. Main Work
Mi Fu and the Classical Tradition of Chinese Calligraphy (1979)
Japan und Europa: 1543-1929. Ausstellung der Berliner Festspiele (1993, together with Doris Croissant).
Ten Thousand Things.Module and Mass Production in Chinese Art (2000)
Buddhist Stone Sutras in China 中國佛教石經 (2014 ff. Series editor)

 

 

Prof. Sun Hua

Photo_SunHua_Certificate

 

1. Profile
Prof. Sun Hua is a director of the Center for Cultural Heritage Studies, and professor of the School of Archeology and Museology in Peking University. His specialty is the archeology of Xia, Shang, and Zhou dynasties, archeology of South-west district in China, and Cultural Heritage Studies.
Prof. Sun Hua was born in Mianyang county of Sichuan Province in China. He has served as a teacher in Peking University where he completed the master’s course of archeology since 1987.

 

2. Main Work
Shenmi de wangguo: Dui sanxingduiwenming de chubu lijie he jieshi 神秘的王国―対三星堆文明的初歩理解和解釋 (2002)
Zhonghua yishu tongshi. Vol.2中華芸術通史2 (2006)
Buddhist Stone Sutras in China 中國佛教石經 (2014 ff.)

Sponsors
Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, Ryukoku University
Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism)
Research Institute for Buddhist Culture, Ryukoku University
Research Center for Buddhist Cultures in Asia, Ryukoku University
Poster
Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism Special Lecture (October 9 2017)

Memorial Lectures for the Establishment of the Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures

Date
July 23 2015
Place
101 Tōkō building, Ōmiya Campus, Ryukoku University
Presenter
(Timetable)

1:00–1:30 pm Opening Remarks

Wakahara Yūshō, Ryukoku University

 

1:10-2:10 pm Lecture

“Buddhist Manuscripts in Nepal: Research on the Manuscripts and Its Significance in Contemporary Buddhist Studies”

Sudan Shakya, Shuchiin University

 

2:10-2:20 pm Comment

Kanō Kazuo, Kōyasan University

 

2:20-2:50 pm Lecture

“Katmandu after the Nepal Earthquake 2015 and Support Activities by Honganji (1)”

Kusunoki Shūhō, Jōdo Shinshū Honganji-ha

 

3:00-3:30 pm Lecture

“Katmandu after the Nepal Earthquake 2015 and Support Activities by Honganji (2)”

Sonam Wangdi Bhutia, Hongwanji Buddhist Soiety, Nepal Kathmandu-Hongwanji

 

3:30-4:30 pm Lecture

“Frontiers of Academic Research on Buddhism: From Ryukoku University to the World”

Katsura Shōryū, professor emeritus, Hiroshima University

 

4:30-5:00 pm Comment

Kanō, Shakya

 

5:00 pm Closing Remarks

Nōnin Masaaki, Ryukoku University

Sponsors
Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, Ryukoku University
Jōdo Shinshū Honganji-ha
Volunteer NPO Center, Ryukoku University
Research Institute for Buddhist Culture, Ryukoku University
Research Center for Buddhist Cul tures in Asia, Ryukoku University
Poster
Poster
Rev. Sonam Wangdi Bhutia
Audience

Toshihide Numata Book Prize in Buddhism Special Lecture at Ryukoku University, 2015

Date
June 5 2015
Place
3rd floor hall Seiwa-kan, Ōmiya Campus, Ryukoku University
Presenter
(Timetable)

Erik C. Braun, Oklahoma University

Sponsors
Research Institute for Buddhist Culture, Ryukoku University
Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures, Ryukoku University
Society for the Promotional of Buddhism (Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai)
Poster
Poster