Academic discussions with local scholars of religion are held periodically. Typically, a group of 15 to 20 persons assembles to listen to a presentation by one of the members on current research. A dinner follows.

  1. July 24, 2016

    Hioki Naoko, Saitō Takashi "Deconstructing Maria Kannon" / "The Three Oiwas: Versions of Yotsuya Horror Stories

  2. September 26, 2014

    Muramatsu Susumu, Murayama Yumi, Nagaoka Takashi Panel Discussion on Muramatsu Susumu's Topology of Modern Japanese Intellectual History

  3. November 28, 2013

    Fujino Yohei, Nagasawa Shiho, Nagaoka Takashi Panel Discussion on Hujino Yohei's The Anthropology of Taiwanese Popular Chiristianity

  4. February 26, 2010

    Date Kiyonobu, Fujita Hisashi, Maruoka Takahiro, Awazu Kenta Panel discussion on Marcel Gauchet's La religion dans la démocratie: Parcours de la laïcité.

  5. September 25, 2009

    Awazu Kenta Collecting Remains in Okinawa: Histories and Narratives.

  6. January 25, 2008

    Yasumaru Yoshio, Katsurajima Nobuhiro, Ōtani Eiichi Panel discussion on Yasumaru Yoshio'sThe Experience of Being Civilized.

  7. March 29, 2007

    Kawanami Hiroko Women in Buddhism: Understanding the Struggle.

  8. December 15, 2006

    Alena Govorounova Exploring Controversies in Christian vs. Buddhist Approaches to Bioethics: Is a Transreligious Framework for Reintegration of Science and Spirituality Possible?

  9. December 7, 2006

    Okuda Masahiko, Hayashi Makoto, Kawakami Tsuneo, Ōtani Eiichi Panel discussion on James Ketelaar's Of Heretics and Martyrs in Meiji Japan

  10. June 9, 2006

    Hayashi Makoto, Ōtani Eiichi, Endō Jun, Kiba Akeshi Panel discussion on Hayashi Makoto's The Way of Ying-Yang.

  11. July 7, 2005

    Sueki Fumihiko, Yamaguchi Aki, Ōtani Eiichi, Hayashi Makoto Panel discussion on Sueki Fumihiko's Meiji Intellectuals, and Modern Japan and Buddhism.

  12. July 15, 2004

    Barbara Ambros Viewing 'Opening the Gates to Heaven'.

  13. March 23, 2004

    Rossa O'Muireartaigh The Problem of Reification in D. T. Suzuki's Translation of Zen.

  14. October 3, 2003

    Madoka Assemat Michiyo The Secret Teaching ‘un’ in the I-ro-ha Poem and Kūkai’s ‘gyatei’: Intuition and Methodology for the Science of Life and Death.

  15. July 18, 2003

    Nagatani Chiyoko Religion as Daily Practice: Guan Gong Worship among the Dehong Dai of China.

  16. June 27, 2003

    Kashimura Aiko A Sociological Analysis of 'Reality Programs'.

  17. November 8, 2002

    Yamaguchi Aki The Dawn of Religious Studies in Modern Japan and the Missionaries: Unitarianism and the Intellectuals of the Meiji Enlightenment.

  18. June 7, 2002

    Hori Masahiko One Hundred Years of The Varities of Religious Experience: Who read it, why it was read and why it was not.

  19. December 27, 2001

    Shimazono Susumu, Itō Masayuki, Okuyama Michiaki, Hayashi Makoto Panel discussion on Shimazono Susumu's New New Religions and Postmodernity.

  20. October 26, 2001

    Itō Masayuki The Global and Local Dimensions of the New Spiritual Culture: A Study of the Rajneesh Movement

  21. June 8, 2001

    Hirashima Misa Under the Minaret and the Cross: Christianity in Malaysia and Ethnic Identity

  22. September 29, 2000

    Ishida Fumiaki Religion of Salvation and Psychotherapy: Thoughts on the Ajātasatru Complex

  23. June 2, 2000

    Yoshida Kazuhiko An Attempt at a New Portrait of Rennyo Based on the Historical Evidence in the Comments Inscribed on the Back of Buddhist Images

  24. March 3, 2000

    Kondō Mitsuhiro The Assasination of the 'Mahatma" and The Medicalization of Complex Psychological Movements: The Case of Byakkō Shinkōkai

  25. November 4, 1999

    Kumata Kazuo The Medicalization of Complex Psychological Movements: The Case of Byakkō Shinkōkai

  26. July 16, 1999

    Paul L. Swanson Bodhidharma's Wall-Gazing" and Sanskrit-Chinese Binomes

  27. April 23, 1999

    Paula Arai Sōtō Zen Rituals of Healing: Women's Experiences

  28. June 6, 1997

    Oda Yasuko The Significance of the Community and the Philosophy of Religion

  29. October 17, 1996

    Kurokawa Kazufumi The History and Thought of the Russian Orthodox Church

  30. June 28, 1996

    Hisamatsu Eiji Quietude in the Orthodox Tradition.

  31. February 24, 1995

    Kawata Minoru Yanagita Kunio and the Form of Japanese Religious Consciousness.

  32. November 25, 1994

    Okuyama Michiaki Historical Conditioning and Religious Creativity: Eliade's Treatment of Australian Religions.

  33. June 17, 1994

    Yusa Michiko Nishida Kitarō: Philosophy of Pure Experience

  34. February 2, 1994

    Robert Kisala The Idea of Peace in the New Religions.

  35. October 15, 1993

    Onodera Gõ The Sansu River

  36. June 24, 1993

    Kawahashi Noriko Religion and Gender