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Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures

Organization

Organization

Research System at the Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures

The Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures consists of the following three research divisions.

研究体制概念図

Director

Eiji Hisamatsu Professor, Faculty of International Studies

Eiji Hisamatsu
Position
Director of the Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures
Research Fields
Eastern Christian Mysticism
Office
Wagenkan, Fukakusa Campus, 67 Tsukamoto-chō, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-8577
Email
helden2jp@yahoo.co.jp

Researcher Database

This research division develops the doctrinal, historical, and cultural studies of Buddhism, and the studies of manuscripts and old documents in various areas which include the rare texts in the Ryukoku University.

Manager of the Basic Research Division
KUSUNOKI Junshō Professor, Faculty of Letters

Junshō Kusunoki
Position
Manager of the Basic Research Division
Research Fields
Japanese Buddhism, Thought of Vijñaptimātratā (yuishiki shisō)
Office
Email

Researcher Database

1)-1, Integrated Research Division for Shinran and Pure Land Buddhism

One of our aims is to organize and manage the rich and vast researches that were conducted on Shinran since the pre-modern era. These studies of Shinran were conducted from historical, philosophical, and literary viewpoints. This division will advance the studies of rare texts archived in the Omiya Library not only from a philological and philosophical standpoint, but it will also explore Shinran’s thought in terms of its truth and universality from a broad spectrum of perspectives.

Leader of the Integrated Research Division for Shinran and Pure Land Buddhism
SUGIOKA Takanori Professor, Faculty of Letters

Takanori Sugioka
Position
Leader of the Integrated Research Division for Shinran and Pure Land Buddhism
Research Fields
Shin Buddhist Studies, Thought of Shinran
Office
West Hall, Ōmiya Campus, 125-1 Daiku-chō, Shichijō-dōri, Ōmiya Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8268
Email
tsugioka@let.ryukoku.ac.jp

Researcher Database

Researcher
INOUE Kenjun, INOUE Yoshiyuki, IWATA Mami, UCHIDA Junshin, Uchimoto Kōyū, KADONO Hiroaki, SASAKI Daigo, TAKADA Bun'ei, DAKE Mitsuya, TAKEDA Susumu, TAMAKI Kōji, TONOUCHI Hisashi, NAKAMURA Yōko, NASU Eishō, NABESHIMA Naoki, NŌMI Junshi, FUKAGAWA Nobuhiro, FUJI Yoshinari, MORITA Takafumi
Research Plan

1-2, Integrated Research Division of Silk Road Studies

Continuing the research achievements of the “Central Asian Cultures Research Group” founded in 1953, this division will focus its explorations on the Buddhist materials of Central Asia collected by the Otani Expeditions as well as relevant materials archived throughout Japan and overseas. In addition to studies that are indirectly related to the Otani Expedition, the division will also examine Buddhist art works of the Silk Road and historical sites of Buddhist temples.

Leader of the Integrated Research Division of Silk Road Studies
MITANI Mazumi Professor, Faculty of International Studies

Mazumi Mitani
Position
Leader of the Integrated Research Division of Silk Road Studies
Research Fields
Buddhist Studies, Analysis of Buddhist Manuscripts Discovered in Central Asia
Office
Wagenkan, Fukakusa Campus, 67 Tsukamoto-chō, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-8577
Email
mitani@world.ryukoku.ac.jp

Researcher Database

Researcher
ISHIKAWA Tomohiko, ICHIKAWA Yoshifumi, IRISAWA Takashi, IWAI Shunpei, IWAO Kazushi, IWATA Tomoko, OKADA Yoshihiro, OKAMOTO Kensuke, XU Guanghui, SOGA Asako, NAKATA Yūko, FUKUYAMA Yasuko, MURAOKA Hitoshi, MURAMATSU Kanako
Research Plan

1-3, Integrated Research Division for Classical Canons and Tripitaka.

This group will proceed with research on rare classical canons and the Buddhist canon known as the Tripitaka, which are archived at Ryukoku University’s rare books collection department known as the “Shaji Dai Bunko” as well as other known locations. In addition, through comprehensive studies about Buddhist doctrine, rituals, and history based on these documents, the division will clarify what exactly Buddhist “academic knowledge” is and has been up until now and the methodology for its continued development.

Leader of the Integrated Research Division for Classical Canons and Tripitaka
WAKAHARA Yūshō Professor, Faculty of Letters

Yūshō Wakahara
Position
Leader of the Integrated Research Division for Classical Canons and Tripitaka
Research Fields
Buddhist Studies, Indian Philosophy
Office
325, West Hall, Ōmiya Campus, 125-1 Daiku-chō, Shichijō-dōri, Ōmiya Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8268
Email
ywakahara@let.ryukoku.ac.jp

Researcher Database

Researcher
ABE Yasurō, AOHARA Norisato, ŌTANI Yuka, KUSUNOKI Junshō, NŌNIN Masaaki, NORO Sei, HASEGAWA Takeshi, HAYASHIMA Satoshi, FUJIMARU Kaname, MICHIMOTO Tesshin, YASUI Shigeo, YOSHIDA Akira
Research Plan

1-4, Integrated Research Division for the History of Buddhism and Shin Buddhism

The group will examine and research various issues related to the history of Japanese Buddhism and Shin Buddhism. The division is divided into the “pre-modern” and “modern” groups. The pre-modern group will examine the precepts for priests and nuns and their development established by the nation under the Ritsuryo code. The modern group will examine the historical significance of Buddhist journals published during the Meiji period.

Leader of the Integrated Research Division for the History of Buddhism and Shin Buddhism
HAYASHI Yukio Professor, Faculty of Letters

Yukio Hayashi
Position
Leader of the Integrated Research Division for the History of Buddhism and Shin Buddhism
Research Fields
Modern History of Theravadins in Mainland Southeast Asia, Comparative Inter-Regional Studies of Buddhist Cultures, Area Studies of Religion and Society
Office
West Hall, Ōmiya Campus, 125-1 Daiku-chō, Shichijō-dōri, Ōmiya Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8268
Email
yukioh@let.ryukoku.ac.jp

Researcher Database

Researcher
NAKANISHI Naoki
Research Plan

1-5, Approved Research Projects

Researcher
INOUE Kenjun, INOUE Yoshiyuki, IWAO Kazushi, IWATA Tomoko, UCHIDE Kōta, OKAMOTO Kensuke, KUSUNOKI Junshō, SANO Tōsei, TONOUCHI Hisashi, NŌNIN Masaaki, NŌMI Junshi, NORO Sei, HAMSIMA Satoshi, YOSHIDA Akira
Research Plan

Postdoctoral Fellow
Markus RUESCH

Markus RUESCH
Position
Postdoctoral Fellow of the Basic Research Division
Research Fields
Japanese Buddhism, Religious Space
Office
3rd Floor, Hakuakan, Ōmiya Campus, 125-1 Daiku-chō, Shichijō-dōri, Ōmiya Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8268

Research Assistant
WEI Yi

WEI Yi
Position
Research Assistant of the Basic Research Division
Research Fields
Buddhist Studies  Chinese Buddhism  The Doctrine of Chinese Northern and Southern Dynasties
Office
3rd Floor, Hakuakan, Ōmiya Campus, 125-1 Daiku-chō, Shichijō-dōri, Ōmiya Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8268

2-1, Center for Humanities, Science and Religion (CHSR)

Based on the teachings of Buddhism, the Applicable Research Division intends to address the various social issues of the modern world. Such issues include areas in education, medical care, Vihara activities, grief-counseling, human rights protection, non-violence and world peace movements, bioethics, and environmental protection.

More Details

Applied Research Division with Emphasis on Buddhism Center for Humanities, Science and Religion (CHSR)

Permanent research theme:
“Possibilities of Buddhism to face the sufferings in the world”

  • Education (emotional education, education in ethics and religion, clinical pastoral education, inter-religious education for the multi-religion era)
  • Medicine (thanatology, palliative care, grief counseling, training for clinical chaplains)
  • Social Engagement (support for the recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, countermeasures to terminate suicides, social welfare, Buddhist NGO)
  • Nation and Society (Buddhism and the modern Japanese nation)
  • Environment and Economy (Buddhism on bioethics, issues on the sustainability of the earth and its inhabitants)
  • Religion and Peace (interreligious conversations, peace building based on non-violence and compassion)

We will provide the Center for Humanities, Science and Religion (CHSR) as one of our research groups. CHSR aims to become the leader in innovating new research projects that can respond to the critical needs of modern society while continuing to develop our past achievements that promote the idea of “Transcending Life and Death: Cross-disciplinary Research of Buddhism and Various Sciences.” In doing so, the division will aim at obtaining large-scale research funding from an outside source as its new project. Furthermore, the center will support experimental research that is not limited by traditional academic boundaries by implementing a program framework of “emerging research, open recruitment” within its division.

Manager of the Applied Research Division
NABESHIMA Naoki Professor, Faculty of Letters

Naoki Nabeshima
Position
Associate Director of the Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures
Manager of the Applied Research Division
Director of the Center for Humanities, Science and Religion (CHSR)
Research Fields
Shin Buddhist Studies, Buddhist View on Life, Shinran’s View on Life and Death and Hermeneutics of Salvation, Analysis of Vihara Activities (vihara katsudō)
Office
West Hall, Ōmiya Campus, 125-1 Daiku-chō, Shichijō-dōri, Ōmiya Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8268
Email

Researcher Database

Postdoctoral Fellow of the Applied Research Division
HITAKA Yuto

Yuto Hitaka
Position
Postdoctoral Fellow of the Applied Research Division
Research Fields
Religious Studies, Thanatology
Office
3rd Floor, Hakuakan, Ōmiya Campus, 125-1 Daiku-chō, Shichijō-dōri, Ōmiya Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8268
Email

Center for Humanities, Science and Religion (CHSR)

2-2, Exploratory Research Openly recruited

Researcher
INOUE Kenjun, INOUE Yoshiyuki, UCHIDE Kōta Uchimoto Kōyū, SASAKI Daigo, NŌMI Junshi
Research Plan

This division will be responsible for sharing information about the overall activities of the center to the international community while continuing the project of translating and publishing Buddhist canons and texts that were originally carried out by the Research Institute for Buddhist Culture. In addition to the publication of E-journal and website management, the division will promote exchanges with overseas scholars, other Buddhists, and religious specialists through the Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The division will encourage collaboration with universities and research institutes in different parts of the world and engage in the sponsorship of international symposiums that will invite scholars from overseas.

More Details

As religion becomes more global and multi-dimensional in contemporary society, there has been a growing awareness of the need for inter-religious dialogue. The division will encourage these conversations and interactions by collaborating with various religious research institutions abroad. With the theme of “inter-faith education” the division will carryout research at institutions of higher education.
In the international context of inter-religious dialogue this division will explore how Japanese Buddhist ideology is viewed in the eyes of the outside world as well as what Japanese Buddhism can further contribute to inter-religious education. Through these activities, the division will work as its core focus to not only develop young scholars to understand the importance of having an international mindset but also to promote global interactions of scholars.

Manager of the International Research Division
Dake Mitsuya Professor, Faculty of International Studies

Mitsuya Dake
Position
Manager of the International Research Division
Research Fields
Shin Buddhist Studies
Office
Wagenkan, Fukakusa Campus, 67 Tsukamoto-chō, Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto 612-8577
Email
dake*world.ryukoku.ac.jp (Please change * to @)

Researcher Database

Researcher
SANO Tōsei, NASU Eishō, HISAMATSU Eiji
Research Plan

Postdoctoral Fellow
KIKUKAWA Ichido

Ichido Kikukawa
Position
Postdoctoral Fellow of the International Research Division
Research Fields
Shin Buddhist Studies
Office
3rd Floor, Hakuakan, Ōmiya Campus, 125-1 Daiku-chō, Shichijō-dōri, Ōmiya Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8268
Email
kikukawa-ichido@ad.ryukoku.ac.jp

Research Assistant
SAKA Chihiro

Chihiro Saka
Position
Research Assistant of the International Research Division
Research Fields
Buddhist Art History, Hell, Women, Datsueba (Old Hag by the Sanzu River)
Office
3rd Floor, Hakuakan, Ōmiya Campus, 125-1 Daiku-chō, Shichijō-dōri, Ōmiya Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8268
Email
TBA

Administrative Staff

Purser Department of the Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures

Purser Department of the Research Center for World Buddhist Cultures
Office
1st Floor, West Hall, Ōmiya Campus, 125-1 Daiku-chō, Shichijō-dōri, Ōmiya Higashi-iru, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto 600-8268
Phone Number
Domestic: 075-343-3458
International: +81-75-343-3458
Email
cswbc@ad.ryukoku.ac.jp