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Special Lecture Series on Asian Culture

Japanese Buddhism for Beginners:
Hasshu Koyo (Compendium of the Buddhist Teachings)

Full – not accepting applications as of 9/11/17
Japanese spirituality, morality, and ethics have evolved around and been influenced by Shintoism and Buddhism since antiquity. Unlike Shintoism, which originated in Japan, Buddhism underwent various transformations in its passage from India to Japan. What is current Japanese Buddhism like?
In this seminar, attendees will learn the basics of Japanese Buddhism of Nara, Heian and Kamakura eras using the Hasshu Koyo by monk, Gyonen (1240-1321) from Todaiji Temple in the Kamakura era as a textbook.
The first half of each seminar will focus on reading the Hasshu Koyo in both the classical kanbun style and the modern Japanese.
The second half of each meeting will focus on group discussions. Although this is a beginner level seminar, attendees with previous knowledge on the subject are welcome to attend.
Dates: Wednesdays in the Fall 2017 semester: 10/11, 10/18, 11/1, 11/8, 11/22, 11/29, 12/13, 12/20
Time: 18:00-19:30
Location: Kyoto University’s Inamori Foundation Center, 1st Floor Seminar Room
Fee: Free of Charge
Coordinators: Dr. Seiji Kumagai and Dr. Akinori Yasuda
Sponsored by the Kokoro Research Center, The Uehiro Foundation on Ethics and Education’s Bhutanese Studies Research Laboratory