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2022

Article introducing the Cabinet Office Moonshot R&D Program Goal 9 (Program Director: Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai) Appeared in Bunka Jiho

Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai was appointed as Program Director (PD) for Goal 9 of the Cabinet Office Moonshot R&D Program: ‘Realization of a mentally healthy and dynamic society by increasing peace of mind and vitality by 2050’. An article on this project appeared in Bunka Jiho (April 22, 2022, pages 1 and 6), a newspaper specializing in religion.

 

Under this goal, the 13 selected program managers (PMs) will lead the development of science and technology (Kokoro-tech) to promote peace of mind and vitality.

 

*Click the image to see the newspaper article (Japanese version only, PDF).

Article by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai was published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia

An article by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai (Divisional Director, Uehiro Research Division) overviewing the early history of the Drukpa Kagyü School, which is also the state religion of Bhutan, has been published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion by Oxford University Press.

 

Seiji Kumagai: “Early History of the Drukpa Kagyü School,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. Oxford University Press.

 

doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780199340378.013.664

https://oxfordre.com/religion/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199340378.001.0001/acrefore-9780199340378-e-664

Serial Article on Bhutanese Buddhism (Part 3) by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Published in the Newspaper Kuensel of the Kingdom of Bhutan

A serial article on Bhutanese Buddhism (Part 3) by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai (Divisional Director, Uehiro Research Division) was published in Kuensel, a national newspaper of the Kingdom of Bhutan. In this series, entitled “The Life and Legacy of Tsangpa Gyare: A three-part series,” Prof. Kumagai provides an overview of the founder of Bhutanese Buddhism, Tsangpa Gyare (1161-1211).

 

The article appeared in the printed edition of the Newspaper Kunsel (April 7, 2022, page 9) and in their online edition (April 7, 2022). https://kuenselonline.com/the-life-and-legacy-of-tsangpa-gyare-2/

 

In the last part of the serial articles, Prof. Kumagai outlines the establishment of the main monasteries by Tsangpa Gyare, the founder of Bhutanese Buddhism, the training of his disciples, and his later years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Click on the image to view the newspaper article (English version, PDF).

 

 

Interview with Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Appeared in Bunkajiho

An interview with Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai (Divisional Director, Uehiro Research Division for Ethics and Spirituality) appeared in the Bunkajiho, a newspaper specializing in religion (March 8, 2022, page 2). He was interviewed regarding the withdrawal of operations by the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji sect at the Asoka Vihara Hospital (Joyo City, Kyoto Prefecture), a stand-alone palliative care hospital.

 

The hospital opened 10 years ago as a Buddhist hospice, but the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji sect, the governing body of the hospital, decided to withdraw from the operation. In the interview article, Prof. Kumagai states that while the withdrawal from the operation itself is regrettable, there are many aspects of the past challenges and achievements to date that should be evaluated. He also argues that the accumulation of these achievements, including the issues involved, could be passed on to future generations, leading to significant social contributions.

 

 

*Click on the image to view the newspaper article (in Japanese, PDF).

Serial Article on Bhutanese Buddhism (Part 2) by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Published in the Newspaper Kuensel of the Kingdom of Bhutan.

A serial article on Bhutanese Buddhism (Part 2) by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai (Divisional Director, Uehiro Research Division) was published in Kuensel, a national newspaper of the Kingdom of Bhutan. In this series, entitled “The Life and Legacy of Tsangpa Gyare: A three-part series,” Prof. Kumagai provides an overview of the founder of Bhutanese Buddhism, Tsangpa Gyare (1161-1211).

 

The article appeared in the printed edition of the Newspaper Kunsel (April 2, 2022, page 8) and in their online edition (April 2, 2022).

 

https://kuenselonline.com/the-life-and-legacy-of-tsangpa-gyare/

 

In the second part of the serial articles, Prof. Kumagai outlines the history of Tsangpa Gyare, the founder of Bhutanese Buddhism, from his childhood to his student and training years. This article also includes pictures of ruins where Tsangpa Gyare was born and spent his childhood. Based on ancient documents, Prof. Kumagai located and discovered these sites, and he was the first in the world to publish these locations in photographs (Kumagai 2018). 

*Click on the image to view the newspaper article (English version, PDF).

Serial Article on Bhutanese Buddhism (Part 1) by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai Published in Bhutanese Newspaper Kuensel

A serial article on Bhutanese Buddhism (Part 1) by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai (Divisional Director, Uehiro Research Division) was published in Kuensel, a national newspaper of the Kingdom of Bhutan. In this series, Prof. Kumagai gives an overview of the founder of Bhutanese Buddhism, Tsangpa Gyare (1161-1211), in the article entitled “The Life and Legacy of Tsangpa Gyare: A three-part series.”

 

This article appeared in the printed edition of the Newspaper Kunsel (March 30, 2022, page 7) and in the online edition (March 30, 2022).

 

https://kuenselonline.com/the-life-and-legacy-of-tsangpa-gyare-a-three-part-series/

 

This article, the first of a total of three articles in the series, outlines the history of Bhutanese Buddhism.

 

*Click on the image to view the newspaper article (English version, PDF).

An Article on the New Book by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai, Entitled “The Traditional Tibetan Wisdom of Bon Religion: Surviving as the Weak,” Was Published in Chugai Nippo

An article on the new book by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai, entitled “The Traditional Tibetan Wisdom of Bon Religion: Surviving as the Weak” (Japanese version, Sogensha), was published in Chugai Nippo.

https://www.chugainippoh.co.jp/article/kanren/books/20220218-004.html

 

The book proposes the view that the “flexibility and resilience” of the Bon Religion may provide hints for living in uncertain times after the COVID-19 pandemic, since it teaches about coming to terms with an opposing party, rather than trying to defeat them.

 

 

Prof. Kumagai’s new book “The Traditional Tibetan Wisdom of Bon Religion: Surviving as the Weak” has already been featured in the following media (in Japanese):

 Chugai Nippo (February 18, 2022, page 7)

Kyoto University Website

https://www.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ja/research-news/2022-01-20

Kyoto University Twitter

https://twitter.com/univkyoto/status/1484063936064503808?cxt=HHwWgIC-0a6SupgpAAAA

2021

A Paper by Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka Has Been Published in the Book, ‘Cultural Complexes in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan: Spokes of the Wheel’

A paper by Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka, entitled “Agency, a Japanese Cultural Complex: Transformation of Jungian-Oriented Psychotherapy in an Age of Weaker Agency,” has been published in the book, ‘Cultural Complexes in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan: Spokes of the Wheel’ by Routledge.

 

Her discussion focuses on weak Agency (sense of self), which is one of the characteristics of Japanese culture. She uses novels and other sources to depict stories of self-reproduction and brief moments.

The new narrative frameworks that are being created in today’s society, where the framework of the “Self” is loosening, may give us some hints about how we should live in the future.

 

This book is part of a series about culture and kokoro, edited by Tomas Singer, a Jungian analyst and psychiatrist active in San Francisco. A discussion by Prof. Toshio Kawai is also included in this book.

 

https://www.amazon.co.jp/Cultural-Complexes-China-Japan-Taiwan-ebook/dp/B08P3W82WB/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_ja_JP=%E3%82%AB%E3%82%BF%E3%82%AB%E3%83%8A&dchild=1&keywords=Asian+Cultural+complex&qid=1614869681&s=english-books&sr=1-1

2020

‘SNS Counseling Case Book: Learning How to Support Through Clinical Cases,’ which Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka was involved in editing and writing, has been published by Seishin-shobo.

‘SNS Counseling Case Book: Learning How to Support Through Clinical Cases,’ which Senior Lecturer Chihiro Hatanaka was involved in editing and writing, has been published by Seishin-shobo.

This book is the sequel to “The SNS Counseling Handbook” (http://kokoro.kyoto-u.ac.jp/snscounselingbook_hatanaka_en/). The reader can learn about SNS Counseling based on actual clinical cases, as the book describes how counseling sessions utilizing SNS take place.

SNS Counseling is still a new form of psychological support. However, it is not completely different from conventional psychotherapy, rather, it provides us with a new perspective on how psychotherapy should be. Of course, what face-to-face interaction brings to us is irreplaceable, but the connections that the new channel of SNS opens up can also be valuable.

An online event was held on YouTube to commemorate the publication of this book. Details will be reported later.

 

An article by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai was published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion

An article on the life of Tsangpa Gyare (1161-1211), the founder of Drukpa Kagyü school, written by Associate Professor Seiji Kumagai, was published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion (Oxford University Press). Tsangpa Gyare’s school has been the state Buddhist school in Bhutan since the 17th century.
Seiji Kumagai: “Life and Works of Tsangpa Gyare (1161-1211), Founder of the Drukpa Kagyü School,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. Oxford University Press.

2019

The SNS Counseling Handbook (Yasushi Sugihara and Tomoki Miyata, eds., Seishin-shobo), featuring a chapter by Dr. Chihiro Hatanaka, has been published

This handbook is the first to discuss counseling services provided via social networking services (SNS), specifically the messaging app LINE, in Japan.

While psychological problems such as bullying, suicide and abuse have become more serious, recent changes in communication tools have reduced the number of people who use counseling services, such as telephone counseling. In response to this, counseling via SNS began to arise around 2017.

 

This book collects clinical attitudes, techniques, and knowledge that counselors should know regarding this new field of SNS counseling. Dr. Hatanaka wrote a chapter entitled “Modern youth psyche and youth culture” in which she discusses the psychological and cultural characteristics of the young generation who often utilize SNS counseling services.

 

The SNS Counseling Handbook (Yasushi Sugihara and Tomoki Miyata, eds., Seishin-shobo)

 

 

2018

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2017

Dr. Kumagai Publishes Book Entitled Bhutan: Kingdom Aiming for the Happiness of its People

Dr. Seiji Kumagai‘s book, Bhutan: The Kingdom Aiming for the Happiness of its People, was published by Sogensha in July 2017.
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Ever since the Bhutanese King and Queen’s visit in 2011, Japan has shown an increasing interest in Bhutan. In 2017, the Japanese Princess Mako of Akishino made news when she visited Bhutan.
Bhutan is well known as the country whose public policies aim not just for material prosperity, but also for the happiness of its people.
It’s Gross National Happiness(GNH) policies have drawn attention from the UN. In Japan, those policies have had significant effects, inspiring nearly one hundred local governments to form “The Happiness League” which is centered in Tokyo’s Arakawa Ward.
However, are the Bhutanese really happy? Do conflicts arise despite the country’s Buddhist policies? How are they balancing such policies with the modernization of the country? Dr. Kumagai’s book introduces various largely undiscussed realities of Bhutan that can be instructive for the future Japanese policies, such as the relationship between the economy and happiness, the leadership’s way of implementing policies.

2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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