PLBC 2013 Full Schedule (click to download PDF)

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Friday, May 31, 2013

12:00 – 9:00pm  Registration, Student Union Building

*Registration table will be open all day

3:00 – 4:30pm

  • Panel 1: Pure Land Branches: Destinations 
  • Chair: Tsering Shakya (University of British Columbia)
    • Ingo Strauch (Université de Lausanne) “The Bajaur Mahāyāna Sūtra and the Role of Akṣobhya’s Abhirati Buddha Land in the Development of Pure Land Buddhism”
    • Benjamin Bogin (Georgetown University) “Prayer as Path: La Sonam Chodrup on the Aspiration for Rebirth at the Copper-Colored Mountain”
    • James B. Apple (University of Calgary) “The Historical Emergence of Maitreya’s Tuṣita Heaven as a Pure Land in Geluk-pa forms of Tibetan Buddhism”

3:00 – 4:00pm

  • Panel 2: Pure Land and Chan in Yuan Dynasty China
  • Chair: Charles B. Jones (The Catholic University of America)
    • Natasha Heller (UCLA) “Pure Land, Chan, and Poetry in the Yuan Dynasty”
    • Sing Song Liu (National Chengchi University) “Why Chan is Pure Land, Pure Land is Chan? Enactment of Teaching, Practice, and Realization in ‘Three Times Observance’ (三時繫念) from Chan Master Chong‐feng Ming‐ben (中峰明本)”

4:00 – 5:00pm

  • Panel 3: Shin Interacting with American Religious Culture
  • Chair: Kenneth K. Tanaka (Musashino University)
    • Richard Payne (Institute of Buddhist Studies) “Pure Land or Pure Mind?”
    • Kristin Johnston Largen (Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg) “Appreciation and Appropriation:  Christian ‘Borrowing’”

3:45 – 4:00pm   Break

5:00 – 6:30pm   Dinner, Pacific Spirit Cafeteria, Student Union Building

6:30 – 8:30pm   Keynote Address, Party Room, Student Union Building

  • Georgios Halkias (Oxford University) “Three Paths to Amitabha’s Pure Land: ‘Sutra,’ ‘Tantra’ and ‘Great Perfection’ Interpretations of Sukhavati in Tibet”

Saturday, June 1, 2013

9:00 – 9:30am   Conference venue open; coffee and beverages available

9:30 – 11:45am

  • Panel 4: Current Issues in Shin Buddhist Exegesis
  • Chair: Rev. Grant Ikuta (Steveston Buddhist Temple)
    • Akinobu Kuwahara (Institute of Jodo Shinshu Studies)  “A Study of Shinran’s View of the ‘Stage of Nonretrogression’: Through the Acceptance of Chapter on Easy Practice”
    • Yue Xiao (Research Institute of Bukkyo University) “Women in the Pure Land :The Karuṇāpuṇḍarīka and the Dà āmítúo jīng 大阿彌陀經”
    • Esho Muraishi (Musashino University) “Amitabha Buddha as the Working of Cosmic Salvation of All Sentient Beings”
    • Kenneth K. Tanaka (Musashino University) “The Dimensions of Wisdom and Cognition in Shinran’s Shinjin: Appropriateness of ‘Faith,’ ‘True Entrusting,’ and ‘Awakening’ as Translations”

9:30 – 11:45am

  • Panel 5: New Meeting Places: The Significance of Encounter for Contemporary Pure Land Studies
  • Chair: Takami Inoue (Otani University)
    • Melissa Anne-Marie Curley (University of Iowa) “Great Peace and Great Contentment: Pure Land in Kawakami Hajime’s Prison Diary”
    • Michihiro Ama (University of Alaska) “Buddhist Confession in Modern Japan”
    • Tomoyasu Naito (Ryukoku University) “‘Meeting Together at One Place’ and the Meaning of Peace of Mind in Jodo Shinshu Tradition”
    • Alex Minchinton (La Trobe University Bendigo) “The Spiritual Foundations of Beauty in Pure Land Buddhism”

10:30 – 10:45am   Break

11:45 – 1:15pm   Lunch, Pacific Spirit Cafeteria, Student Union Building

1:15 – 2:45pm

  • Panel 6: Claiming the Pure Land in Republican China
  • Chair: Diana Lary (University of British Columbia)
    • Stephanie Lin (Columbia University) “The Buddhist Deathbed and Pure Land Faith in Modern China (1928-1949)”
    • Jakub Zamorski (National Chengchi University) “Debating Pure Land in Republican China: The Case of Yixin nianfo ji de wangsheng lun (一心念佛即得往生論)”
    • Lei Ying (Harvard University) “Dying a Bodhisattva, Dying a Patriot: Monk Hongyi and his Death”
  • Panel 7: Pure Land Roots: Origins
  • Chair: James Placzek (Langara College and University of British Columbia)
    • Robert Szuksztul (Jagiellonian University) “Possible Roots of the Pure Land Buddhist Notion of Practice in Light of Some Early Buddhist Sources”
    • M.K. Edwards Leese (Independent Scholar) “On the Roots of the Pure Land Tradition:  The South Asian Context and the Buddhist Cave Sanctuary as Heavenly Realm”
    • Sonam Spalzin (Qualified-University Grant Commission N.E.T.) “Archaeological Investigation of Buddhism in Kashmir”

2:45 – 3:15pm   Break and group photo (kinen shashin)

3:15 – 5:15pm

  • Panel 8: New Fieldwork on Shin Buddhist Communities
  • Chair: Richard Payne (Institute of Buddhist Studies)
    • Daniel Friedrich (McMaster University) “Distilling Dharma: Preaching and Teaching in Contemporary Shin Buddhism”
    • Susie Andrews (Saint Joseph’s University) “Replacing Sukhāvatī: The Centrality of Śākyamuni and India in Contemporary BCA Dharma School Programming”
    • Scott A. Mitchell (Institute of Buddhist Studies) “From Gagaku to Calypso: Shifting Identities in US Shin Buddhist Music”
    • Anne C. Spencer (The College of Idaho) “Neither Heritage Nor Convert Buddhism: Diversifying Practices and Demographics in American Jodo Shinshu”
  • Panel 9: Envisioning the Pure Land from the Mountaintop, the Margins, and on the Move
  • Chair: James Dobbins (Oberlin College)
    • Aaron P. Proffitt (University of Michigan) “This World and/or/as the Pure Land: An Investigation into Tantric Nenbutsu Practice in Medieval Japanese Buddhism”
    • Ethan Lindsay (Princeton University) “Pure Land Buddhism at Mount Kōya in Medieval Japan: The Devotion of Fujiwara no Sukenaga”
    • Mark Blum (University of California, Berkeley) “Centering the Marginal: The Role of Bessho and Sanjo in the Spread of Nenbutsu”
    • Keiko Soda Isomura (Showa Women’s University in Tokyo) “Ippen: The last Buddhist monk of the Pure Land Buddhist leader in Kamakura Era in Japan”

5:15 – 6:45pm   Dinner, Pacific Spirit Cafeteria, Student Union Building

6:45 – 8:45pm   Keynote Address, Isabel MacInnes Room

  • Masahiro Shimoda (University of Tokyo), “Early Pure Land Buddhism Manifesting as Written Text in Ancient India: A Background for the Emergence of Buddhism of Otherness and Other Power”

Sunday, June 2, 2013

9:00 – 9:30am   Conference venue open; coffee and beverages available

9:30am – 12:15pm

  • Panel 10: Original Features in Shinran’s Pure Land Thought: Focusing on His Elucidation of Faith and Realization
  • Chair: Michael Conway (The Eastern Buddhist Society, Otani University)
    • Mitsuya Dake (Ryukoku University) “Historical Development of the Idea of Directing Virtue and Shinran’s Idea of Tariki Shinjin”
    • Yasushi Kigoshi (Otani University) “The Originality of the Understanding of the Mind of Faith in Shinran’s Pure Land Buddhism”
    • Eisho Nasu (Ryukoku University) “Genshin’s Discovery of the Easy Way to Receive Confirmation for Enlightenment (vyākaraṇa) in the Present Life”
    • Takami Inoue (Otani University) “The “Awakening” Open to All People: sotāpanna (“stream-entry”) and shōjōju (“company of the truly settled”)”
    • Respondent: Galen Amstutz (Institute of Buddhist Studies)

9:30 – 11:45am

  • Panel 11: Social Dimensions of the Pure Land in Twentieth Century Japan
  • Chair: Jessica L. Main (University of British Columbia)
    • Clark Chilson (University of Pittsburgh) “From Shin Practice to Psychotherapeutic Method: How the Separation of Religion and State in Post-War Japan Affected the Development of Naikan”
    • Cameron Penwell (University of Chicago) “Envisioning a This-Worldly Pure Land: Buddhist Social Work in Early Twentieth-Century Japan”
    • Peter Herman (Georgetown University) “The Politics of Buddhahood: Expanding Nirvana and the Problem of Ethical Ambivalence in Jōdo Shinshū”

10:30 – 10:45am   Break

12:15 – 1:45pm   Lunch, Pacific Spirit Cafeteria, Student Union Building

1:45 – 3:45pm

  • Panel 12: Praxis in Chinese Pure Land Soteriology
  • Chair: Mark Blum (University of California, Berkeley)
    • Charles B. Jones (The Catholic University of America) “Self-Power and Other Power in Early Modern Chinese Pure Land Thought”
    • Michael Conway (Eastern Buddhist Society, Otani University) “A Transformative Expression: The Role of the Name of Amituo Buddha in Daochuo’s Soteriology”
    • James Zeller (Florida State University) “Bridging Gaps: Yunqi Zhuhong, A Non-Sectarian Buddhist Master”

1:45 – 2:45pm

  • Panel 13: Great American Pastimes? Baseball and Scouting Meet the Pure Land
  • Chair: Julian Dierkes (University of British Columbia)
    • Jessica L. Main (University of British Columbia) “True to Buddha and Country: Understanding Shin Buddhist Boy Scouts”
    • Bill Staples, Jr. (Nisei Baseball Research Project) “Bodhisattva at Bat: Baseball as Buddhist Practice for Kenichi Zenimura”

2:45 – 3:45pm

  • Panel 14: Rhetorical Strategies in Medieval Chinese Pure Land
  • Chair: Mitsuya Dake (Ryukoku University)
    • Cuong T. Mai (University of Vermont) “The Amitāyus Visualization Sūtra (Guan wuliangshoufo jing, T.365) as an Apocryphal Mortuary Text: The Social and Ritual Contexts of Fifth-Century Chinese ‘Visualization’ Sutras”
    • Nancy Chu (Harvard Divinity School) “Syncretism as Strength: Flexibility and Integrity in Lianchi Zhuhong’s Pure Land Teachings”

3:45 – 4:00pm   Break

4:00 – 6:00pm

  • Panel 15: Art and Iconography of the Pure Land
  • Chair: Mandakranta Bose (University of British Columbia)
    • Hyejeong Choi (Ohio State University) “Visualization of Maitreya’s Pure Land – Mireuksa (629-639 CE), Temple of the Future Buddha Maitreya at Baekje Dynasty (18 BCE-660CE), Korea”
    • Ling Zhao (Zhejiang University) “The Gandhāran Origin of Chinese Amitāyus Sukhāvatī Image”
    • Chieko Nakano (Pima Community College) “The Praxis of kechien in emaki Picture Scrolls in Medieval Japan”

4:00 – 5:30pm

  • Panel 16: Interpreting the Name of Amida Buddha
  • Chair: John Paraskevopoulos (Hongwanji Buddhist Mission of Australia)
    • Patti Nakai (Buddhist Temple of Chicago) “Penetrating the Seven-Syllable Barrier: Nembutsu for Newcomers”
    • Mutsumi Fujiwara Wondra (Ryukoku University) “Significance of the Amida Tathagata’s Name in Shin Buddhism”

6:00 – 8:00pm   Farewell Dinner