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Center for Japanese Studies 50th Anniversary
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Tracing Japanese Buddhism: An International Conference
September 24, Thursday – September 27, Sunday

Tracing Japanese Buddhism: An International Conference (Day 2, Part 1) (Video Archive)
Tracing Japanese Buddhism: An International Conference (Day 2, Part 2) (Video Archive)
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On Thursday, September 24, 2009, the three-day international conference on Japanese Buddhism hosted by the Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley commenced with a welcome reception at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley. Duncan Williams (Chair, Center for Japanese Studies) and Richard Payne (Dean, Institute of Buddhist Studies) welcomed the over fifty scholars who came from around the U.S. and the globe to participate in this conference. On Friday, September 25th, the various keynote lectures and panel discussions began, featuring illustrious scholars from around the world who engaged in discussions on a variety of topics on Japanese Buddhism. In the evening, a gala banquet in honor of Shinnyo-en and the Shinnyo-en Foundation was hosted by the Center for Japanese Studies at the Berkeley Art Museum. UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau attended the gala, offering remarks on the innovative and meaningful support from Shinnyo-en, and Chief Bishop Mitsuo Nagatsuka of Shinnyo-en thanked the Chancellor and the UC Berkeley community for the wonderful partnership.

The conference continued on Saturday, September 26th, highlighted by the presentation of the Chancellor's Citation to Reverend Toshihide Numata, Chairman of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (The Society for the Promotion of Buddhism). The conference schedule included a fieldtrip to the Green Gulch Zen Center in Muir Woods, where participants were given a tour of the facilities before continuing their panel discussions. The evening ended with a Gala Dinner in honor of the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai at Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant in San Francisco.

The final day of the conference, Sunday, September 27th, featured a film screening of Okuribito (Departures) by Yojiro Takita, winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film that explored the rituals of funerary Buddhism through the life of a newly unemployed cellist who takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. The conference ended with a closing ceremony in the evening.


Event Program: September 24, Thursday

WELCOME RECEPTION
Location: Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

WELCOME REMARKS

Duncan Williams (Chair, Center for Japanese Studies)
Richard Payne (Dean, Institute of Buddhist Studies)

TOAST

Koshin Ogui (Bishop, Buddhist Churches of America)

Event Program: September 25, Friday

LOCATION: TOLL ROOM, ALUMNI HOUSE, UC BERKELEY
TIME: 8:45AM- 5:15PM

Opening Remarks

Naoki Murata (Executive Director, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
Duncan Williams (Chair, Center for Japanese Studies)

Keynote Lecture 1

"The Abhiseka Ritual and Imperial Successions in Early Heian Japan: Toward a Critique of the Chingo Kokka Theory"
Ryuichi Abe (Harvard University)

Abe Ryuichi giving his keynote lecture  day 1 of conference

Abe Ryuichi giving his keynote
lecture day 1 of conference

Chair: Mark Unno (University of Oregon)
Respondent: Ikuyo Matsumoto (Yokohama City University)

Keynote Lecture 2

"The Concept of 'True Dharma' in Japanese Buddhism"
Susumu Shimazono (University of Tokyo)

Chair: Richard Payne (Institute of Buddhist Studies)
Respondent: Paul Groner (University of Virginia)

Dialogue 1

"New Perspectives on 'Medieval' Buddhism"
Fumihiko Sueki (Nichibunken)
Brian Ruppert (University of Ilinois)

Respondent: Mark Blum (SUNY, Albany)

Panel Session 1: Buddhism in Medieval Japanese Literature

"Keepsake Robe/Robe of Liberation: Family Ties and Buddhist Renunciation in Medieval Japanese Literature"
Hank Glassman (Haverford College)

"Buddhism and Poetic Borrowings in Medieval Japanese otogizoshi: The Case Study of Amida no honji"
Monika Dix (University of Colorado)

"Extinguishing the Flame: Tameyo no sshi and the Boundaries of Horror in Medieval Buddhist Fiction"
R. Keller Kimbrough (University of Colorado)

Chair: Lori Meeks (University of Southern California)
Respondent: D. Max Moerman (Columbia University)

Panel Session 2: Numinous Materials and Ecological Icons in Premodern Japanese Buddhism

Trees and Japanese Buddhist Sculpture: On Historical Shifts in Arboreal Material"
Kensuke Nedachi (Kyoto University)

"Aromatic Icons"
Yukio Lippit (Harvard University)

"The Yakushi of the Mountains: Yakushi Worship and Its Images in the Late Nara through Early Heian Periods"
Mae Sarai (Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo)

"The Buddha-Body, Materiality, and the Environment: A General Look at the Representations of the Sacred in Japanese Buddhism"
Fabio Rambelli (Sapporo University)

Chair: Lori Meeks (University of Southern California)
Respondent: Greg Levine (UC Berkeley)


GALA DINNER IN HONOR OF SHINNYO-EN
Location: Berkeley Art Museum, UC Berkeley
Time: 6:00pm- 8:00pm

SPECIAL ART EXHIBIT

Japanese Buddhist art from the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture

WELCOME REMARKS

Duncan Williams (Chair, Center for Japanese Studies)
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau

REMARKS

Chief Bishop Mitsuo Nagatsuka, Head Minister and Administrative Director, Shinnyo-en Head Temple/Chairman and President, Shinnyo-en Foundation

SLIDE PRESENTATION THE BEAUTIFUL EYE OF SHINJO ITO"

Margaret Miles (Graduate Theological Union, UC Berkeley)
Respondent: Mark Blum (SUNY, Albany)


Event Program: September 26, Saturday

LOCATION: TOLL ROOM, ALUMNI HOUSE, UC BERKELEY
TIME: 9:00AM- 1:00PM

Susumu Shimazono giving his keynote lecture  day 1 of conference

Susumu Shimazono giving his
keynote lecture day 1 of conference

Keynote Lecture 3

"Remapping Japane se Religion: The View from Medieval Japan"
Bernard Faure (Columbia University)

Chair: Lisa Grumbach (Institute of Buddhist Studies)
Respondent: Mark Unno (University of Oregon)

Dialogue 2

"What is 'Kinsei/Early Modern' Buddhism?"
Fumio Tamamuro (Meiji University)
Janine Sawada (Brown University)

Chair: Barbara Ambros (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Keynote Lecture 4

"Buddhism, Nationalism, and the Making of Modern Nichirenist Identity"
Jacqueline Stone (Princeton University)

Chair: Tomoe Moriya (Hannan University)
Respondent: Makoto Hayashi (Aichi Gakuin University)

Presentation: The Mugen Project

The Mugen Project: The Beta-Version of the Online Bibliographical Database of Western-Language Sources on Japanese Buddhism
Duncan Williams (UC Berkeley)


PRESENTATION OF THE CHANCELLOR'S CITATION: TOSHIHIDE NUMATA

Toshihide Numata receives the Chancellor's Citation

Toshihide Numata receives
the Chancellor's Citation

Location: Toll Room, Alumni House, UC Berkeley
Time: 1:00pm- 1:30pm

REMARKS AND PRESENTATION

UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau

REMARKS AND ACCEPTANCE

Toshihide Numata, Chairman, Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai


LOCATION: GREEN GULCH ZEN CENTER, MUIR BEACH, CA
TIME: 2:30PM- 5:15PM


Field Trip/Tour of Facilities

Green Gulch Zen Center and Farm

Panel Session 3

"Can Zen Studies Break away from Parochialism?"
Michel Mohr (University of Hawaii)

"Zen Windows on Esoteric Buddhism"
William Bodiford (UCLA)

Chair: Masaki Matsubara (UC Berkeley)
Respondent: Carl Bielefeldt (Stanford University)


GALA DINNER IN HONOR OF BUKKYO DENDO KYOKAI
Location: Yoshi's Jazz Club and Japanese Restaurant, San Francisco
Time: 6:00pm- 8:00pm

WELCOME REMARKS

Duncan Williams (Chair, Center for Japanese Studies)
David Blinder (Associate Vice Chancellor, University Relations, UC Berkeley)

REMARKS

Numata Toshihide, Chairman, Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai

OPTIONAL SHOW IN YOSHI'S JAZZ CLUB

Roberta Gambarini Quartet with special guest James Moody


Event Program: September 27, Sunday

LOCATION: TOLL ROOM, ALUMNI HOUSE, UC BERKELEY
TIME: 9:00AM- 1:00PM

Panel Session 4: Modernity and Transnational Japanese Buddhism

"Modern Japanese Buddhism's Move Towards Transnational Asian Buddhism: Regional Connections, Mimicking Europe, and Cultural Initiatives"
Akeshi Kiba (Otani University)

"Overseas Propagation of Japanese Buddhism: A Comparative Study of the Nichiren Sect in Korea, Taiwan, Hawaii, and California"
Naofumi Annaka (Rissho University)

"The Flow of Japanese Buddhism around the Pacific: Japanese American Buddhists in Pre-war Japan"
Tomoe Moriya (Hannan University)

"Pre and Post-War Transnational Japanese Buddhism"
Takeshi Fujii (Gakugei University)

Chair: Andrew Barshay (UC Berkeley)
Respondent: Richard Jaffe (Duke University)

Departures

Keynote Lecture 5

"Japanese Buddhist Nationalism and Ideology During World War II"
Eiki Hoshino (Taisho University)

Chair: Michihiro Ama (UC Irvine)
Respondent: Mark Blum (SUNY, Albany)


LOCATION: PACIFIC FILM ARCHIVE THEATER, UC BERKELEY
TIME: 1:15PM-3:25PM

Film Screening

Okuribito (Departures) by Yojiro Takita (Shochiku, 2008, 131 mins, with English subtitles)


LOCATION: TOLL ROOM, ALUMNI HOUSE, UC BERKELEY
TIME: 3:45PM- 6:00PM

Panel Session 5: Contemporary Japanese Buddhism

"Marginal or Marginalized: The Teachings of Contemporary Temple Buddhism"
Steven Covell (Western Michigan University)

"Temple Orbits: Issues in the Study of Contemporary Japanese Buddhism"
Mark Rowe (McMaster Unviersity)

"Local and Global Forces Shaping Contemporary Japanese Buddhism"
John Nelson (University of San Francisco)

"Questioning the Boundaries of Religious Activities: Pet Memorial Rituals and the Law in Contemporary Japan"
Barbara Ambros (UNC, Chapel Hill)

Chair: Duncan Williams (UC Berkeley)
Respondent: Helen Hardacre (Harvard University)

Closing Ceremony

Co-sponsored by: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai/Numata Foundation, Shinnyo-en Foundation