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A Holistic Approach to Environmental Protection and Community Development

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The New International Engaged Buddhism Study Group 2019 Spring Series April 1 (Mon.) Guest: Phra Sangkom Thanapanyo Khunsiri Abbot of the Smart Pagoda, Chonburi, Thailand Over the last four decades, Japanese companies with the support of the Japanese government have been responsible for vast deforestation in a number of regions in Southeast Asia, including Thailand where most […]

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The Rinsho Buddhism Chaplaincy Training Program 5th Comprehensive Training Session (2018-19)

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While we exist in society, We hold on to one thought: Understanding the reality of birth, aging, sickness, and death, we take hold of the present moment Since opening its 1st Comprehensive Training Session in Tokyo in the Kanto region of Japan in the Spring of 2013, the Rinbutsuken Institute for Engaged Buddhism has completed three full sessions […]

Roshi Joan Halifax delivering the keynote speech at the World Fellowship of Buddhists 29th Annual Conference held at the Soto Zen Head Temple Soji-ji (Kanagawa, Japan November 9, 2018)

Making Society Whole

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Understanding the Interconnectedness of Personal and Social Suffering through Engaged Buddhism Special Seminar with Roshi Joan Halifax Founder of Upaya Zen Center Being With Dying Program December 17, 2018 Kodo Kyodan Buddhist Fellowship Yokohama 9:30-13:00 Organized by: International Buddhist Exchange Center (IBEC) of the Kodo Kyodan Buddhist Fellowship & Sophia University Grief Care Institute Cooperating Groups: Tohoku […]

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Building a Buddhist Temple Community as a Mechanism for Environmental and Social Change

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Shift the Power by Jonathan S. Watts[1] November 10, 2018 He has helped develop a micro-credit “Future Bank”, constructed temples and houses to last 100 years, and is working for a nuclear free Japan to “recover hope within 300 years”. Needless to say, Rev. Hidehito Okochi is a forward-looking Japanese Buddhist priest who has been […]

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Jodo Shin Hongan-ji Pure Land Denomination’s Buddhist Priests Selling Energy to Support Communities & the Maintenance of Temples Mainichi Newspaper October 25, 2018 The priests of the Jodo Shin Hongan-ji Pure Land Denomination (based in Kyoto at the Nishi Hongan-ji Temple) held a press conference today in Kyoto to announce the establishment of a retail electricity […]

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1st International Conference on Buddhism, Suicide Prevention, and Psycho-Spiritual Counseling

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Re-Awakening to Our Inter-connected World Hosted by the International Buddhist Exchange Center (IBEC) @ Kodosan the Japan Network of Engaged Buddhists (JNEB) Yokohama, Japan November 6-8, 2017 The Jodo Shin Hongan-ji Denomination Research Institute Ryukoku University Research Center for Buddhist Cultures in Asia (BARC) Kyoto, Japan November 9-10, 2017  Suicide in Japan and Buddhist Responses […]

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The Potential for Inter-Cultural Peace among Buddhists-Muslims-Hindus in Asia

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The New International Engaged Buddhism Study Group The Engaged Buddhism Study Group began in Tokyo in 2004 initiated by the Zenseikyo Foundation & Buddhist Council for Youth and Child Welfare and the AYUS International Buddhist Cooperation Network along with some other individual engaged Buddhists in order to examine the ways Buddhists could confront a variety […]

Panel discussion with Prof. Dr. Naohito Shimoyama, Head of the Department of Palliative Medicine at Tokyo Jikei Medical University (far left) and Prof. Takaki Ito of the Graduate School of Applied Religious Studies at Sophia University (second left)

Contemplative Care & Spirituality: Going Beyond Mindfulness Practice for Being with Suffering & Grief

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A Public Symposium presented by the Rinbutsuken Institute for Engaged Buddhism the Sophia University Institute of Grief Care the Tokyo Jikei Medical University Palliative Care Center  November 4, 2017 Tokyo Jikei School of Medicine, Tokyo Introduction The practice of Buddhist based mindfulness meditation is now sweeping the world. Entering various secular fields like business, medicine, and […]

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The New International Engaged Buddhism Study Group

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The New International Engaged Buddhism Study Group 2018 Spring Series March 5 (Mon.) Theme: Interfaith Solidarity for the Environment & the Potential of the Eco-Temple Movement Guest: Rev. Fletcher Harper Executive Director of GreenFaith (U.S.A) Rev. Harper is an Episcopal priest and the Executive Director of GreenFaith, one of the oldest religious-environmental organizations in the United States. GreenFaith’s […]