Colloquia are held periodically with scholars from Japan and abroad. Over the years, this intimate setting of a small circle of scholars, has provided a forum for a wealth of ideas and helped broaden the base of the Institute’s ongoing research.
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2015—

2010—2014

2005—2009

2000—2004

1995—1999

  • 25 June 1999

    Robin Roth Ecofeminism and Asian Conceptions of Nature

  • 11 December 1998

    Ruben Habito Beyond the Images of Nichiren in Modern Japan

  • 4 June 1998

    James Foard Icon, Deity, and Body in Medieval Japan: The Tale of the Burned-Cheek Amida

  • 17 November 1997

    Bryan Wilson Toleration, Secularization, and New Forms of Religiosity

  • 17 October 1997

    Ikado Fujio Globalization and Popularism in Religion

  • 17 April 1997

    Ilse Nina Bulhof-Rutgers Derrida and the Formless Self

  • 12 December 1996

    Klaus Peter Köpping Salvation in the Playful Mode: Religious Legitimization through Linguistic Means in the Case of Mahikari's Founder

  • 7 November 1996

    Horio Tsutomu What Nishitani Expected from Christianity

  • 30 November 1995

    Victor H. Mair Southeast Asian Bottle-Gourd Myths and their Assimilation into Chinese and Japanese Culture

  • 6 July 1995

    Kurihara Toshie Women's Movements in the Sōka Gakkai

  • 29 June 1995

    Kim Yung-Han Die Universal heilsgeschichtliche These der Rahnerschule vom reformierten Gesichtspunkt geleuchtet

  • 15 June 1995

    Shiozu Tōru Social Action and the Sōka Gakkai

1990—1994

  • 24 November 1994

    Yamamoto Shūichi Sōka Gakkai and the Problem of the Environment

  • 13 October 1994

    Kobayashi Masahiro Nichiren Shōshō and the Sōka Gakkai

  • 20 July 1994

    Johan Verstraeten Ethical Perspectives in Europe

  • 30 June 1995

    Miyata Kōichi Makiguchi and the Origins of the Sōka Gakkai

  • 28 April 1994

    Jan Swyngedouw Catholicism and the Sōka Gakkai

  • 3 December 1992

    Paul Mommaers No-self in Christian Mysticism

  • 2 July 1992

    Jan Van Bragt Problems of Interreligious Dialogue

  • 28 May 1992

    Ueda Shizuteru Religion and Culture

  • 23 April 1992

    Ueda Kenji Perspectives on Religion and Culture

  • 12 March 1992

    K. P. Jog The Assimilation of Buddhism into Hinduism

  • 2 January 1992

    Shimazono Susumu Dialogue and the Role of Religion in Modern Society

  • 17 December 1991

    Yamaori Tetsuo Goddesses

  • 13 December 1991

    Juan Carlos Scannone The Social Teaching of the Catholic Church: A Latin American Perspective

  • 15 November 1991

    Okano Moriya Dialogue or Unification?

  • 29 May 1991

    Karen Smyers The Inari Fox and Shinto Deities

  • 16 January 1991

    Robert Duquenne The Glorification of the Buddha: From Shakyamuni to Vairocana

  • 20 December 1990

    Hakamaya Noriaki Honne and tatemae from the Perspective of the Critique of Original Enlightenment Thought

  • 26 September 1990

    David J. Jeremy Capitalism and Christianity

  • 22 June 1990

    Miyake Hitoshi The Social Ramifications of the Genealogies of the Kumano Bettō

  • 15 May 1990

    Akizuki Ryōmin The Kōan in Hakuin Zen

  • 27 April 1990

    Anna Seidel The World of the Dead and Religious Activities at Tateyama

1985—1989

  • 21 November 1989

    Wang Yao Tibet's Cultural Heritage

  • 8 November 1989

    Raymundo Panikkar Incarnation and Inculturation

  • 6 November 1989

    Thomas Luiz The Role of Communicaton in Spreading Religoius Values

  • 18 October 1989

    Minor Rogers Rennyo's Legacy

  • 8 September 1989

    Herman E. Schaalman Basic Concerns of Contemporary Judaism

  • 26 June 1989

    Byron Earkart Mount Fuji and Shugendō

  • 10 May 1989

    Eugeen Roosens Ethnic Minorities in a Unifying Europe:The Cast of Immigrant Labor

  • 20 December 1988

    Yanagida Seizan The Two Prodigal Sons

  • 9 December 1988

    Martin Colcutt Kannon Cult and Meiji Restoration

  • 1 December 1988

    Royall Tyler The Nonduality of wakiand shite in Nō Drama

  • 26 October 1987

    Jean-Yves Calvez Commitment to Justice and Faith in Education

  • 14 March 1988

    Thomas Luckmann Religion and the Social Conditions of Modern Consciousness

  • 11 November 1987

    Ernesto Cardenal The Nicaraguan Revolution and the Catholic Church

  • 26 November 1987

    Jon Sobrino The Third World and Social Justice

  • 17 November 1987

    Nagao Gadjin Upward and Downward Directions in Buddhism

  • 30 May 1987

    Sulak Sivaraksa Buddhism and Development

  • 15 December 1986

    Frederick Streng How to Approach the Study of Religion: The Cases of Mircea Eliade and Nishitani Keiji

  • 6 December 1986

    Ivan Illich and Barbara Duden Developmental Labor and Human Independence

  • 5 December 1986

    Wilfred Cantwell Smith Sacred Scriptures in Religion

  • 10 November 1986

    Yuasa Yasuo Oriental Religion and Depth-Psychology

  • 6 June 1986

    Paul Knitter Crossing the Rubicon in the Theology of Religions

  • 19 May 1986

    Dale S. Wright Zen Buddhism in China

  • 10 April 1986

    Timothy L. Smith The Evangelical Mosaic in Twentieth-Century America

  • 2 December 1985

    Gustavo Gutiérrez Why 'Liberation Theology' Now?

  • 22 November 1985

    William LaFleur The Thought of Watsuji Tetsurō

  • 8 October 1985

    Brian Wilson New Religious Movements

1980—1984

  • 26 October 1984

    Karel Dobbelaere Is Western Europe Secularized?

  • 14 September 1984

    Rodrigo Carazo Political Guidance and Education for Peace

  • 29 June 1984

    Quentin Quesnell Religion and Nothingness in Lonergan

  • 8 June 1984

    Park Sung-Bae Faith and Practice in Korean Zen Buddhism

  • 13 February 1984

    Steven Large Buddhism and Political Dissent

  • 8 February 1984

    Julia Ching The Development of Confucian Spirituality

  • 2 December 1983

    Kiyota Minoru The Merits and Demerits of Buddhist Studies in Japan

  • 11 November 1983

    Frederick Copleston Metaphysics Today

  • 28 October 1983

    Lee Wan-Jae and Yamashita Ryðji Korean Confucianism and Japanese Confucianism

  • 21 September 1983

    Richard B. Pilgrim Foundations for a Religio-aesthetic Tradition in Japan

  • 3 February 1983

    Zwi Werblowsky Post-Biblical Jewish Messianism

  • 17 December 1982

    Robert J. Smith Ancestor Worship in Japan

  • 7 December 1982

    Lawrence Highfill The Pilgrimage Tradition in Japan

  • 30 June 1982

    Ueda Kenji Shinto and Systematic Doctrine

  • 30 April 1982

    Philip Hefner The Future of the Seminary

  • 13 January 1982

    Hans Küng The Development of My Ideas on Other Religions

  • 7 December 1981

    John Dyjkstra Eusden Jonathan Edwards and Zen Master Hakuin Ekaku

  • 6 November 1981

    Saki Akio Religion and Socialism

  • 4 November 1981

    Gerald and Patricia Mische Human Dignity in an Era of International Interdependence

  • 21 September 1981

    Thomas M. Gannon Religion and Publics: The Christian Right

  • 26 June 1981

    Inugai Masukazu New Trends in Catholic Ethics: Beyond Natural Law

  • 21 November 1980

    Yanagawa Keiichi The Religious Consciousness of the Japanese

  • 30 October 1980

    Werner Dettloff The Essence of Christianity

  • 6 October 1980

    Heinrich Rombach Man: A Dialogue

  • 20 May 1980

    Miyasaka Yōshō The Structure of the Mandala in Esoteric Buddhism

  • 10 January 1980

    Alfred Bloom Ethical Perspectives in Shinran

1975—1979

  • 6 November 1979

    R. Baine Harris The Dialectic of Plotinus

  • 27 November 1979

    Ansgar Paus The Basis of Rudolf Otto's Philosophy of Religion

  • 24 November 1979

    Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka The Philosophy of Cardinal Wojtila

  • 13 November 1979

    Thomas Berry Religious Research in a Global Community

  • 5 June 1979

    W. Theodore De Bary The Rise of Neo-Confucian Orthodoxy in Yüan China

  • 4 May 1979

    Henry van Straelen Euthanasia

  • 7 February 1979

    Fritz Buri Buddhism and Christianity

  • 19 June 1978

    Gorai Shigeru Shugendō: The Mountain Religion

  • 14 October 1977

    Etienne Lamotte The Scriptural Sources of the Upadesa and their Respective Value

  • 3 June 1977

    Nishitani Keiji "Japanese Religiosity"