Members of the staff and visiting scholars are always welcome to conduct a seminar on their own research, or make a presentation of their research for discussion and criticism. Occasionally, a scholar from another Japanese university will conduct one of these seminars.
For the past several years some members of the staff have organized seminars and reading circles on their own, or with the assistance of outside scholars, for the general public (see below). Meetings are usually held twice a month for two hours. and are free of charge.
Although most of our visiting scholars and junior research fellows, as well as the permanent fellows, have delivered in-house seminars over the years, only long-term seminars are listed here. Even so, this list is far from complete.
Seminars for the General Public
Antony FERNANDODuring his stay at the Institute in 1995 and 1996 as a Southeast Asian scholar in residence Dr. Fernando delivered a series of bi-monthly seminars on "Christianity for Buddhists." The results are being prepared for publication.
James L. FORDIn a seminar held on 9 April 2004 Dr. Ford presented to the Institute staff an outline of his research on "Jōkei and Established Buddhism in Early Medieval Japan."
Herbert GUENTHERDuring an extended visit to the Institute as a visiting scholar in 1992, Dr. Guenther presented a series of seminars on his recent research into the life and thought of Saraha. The results were subsequently published as Ecstatic Spontaneity: Saraha's three cycles of Dōha.
Chris HARDINGOn 9 December 2015, Christopher Harding (University of Edinburgh) presents his research on “Buddhism, History, and Culture in the Making of Japanese Psychoanalysis.” The ensuing discussion focused on the work and influence of Kosawa Heisaku, who pioneered the introduction of psychoanalysis in Japan.
Jamie HUBBARDDuring his stay as a visiting scholar from 1992 to 1993, Dr. Hubbard presented a series of five seminars on the Sangaikyō.
William JOHNSTONDuring 1994 and 1995, William Johnston traveled to Nanzan for a series of 7 seminars concerning Christian Mysticism from an interreligious perspective. The text of his presentations was subsequently published as Mystical Theology: The Science of Love (London: Harper Collins, 1995).
KURITA HidehikoOn 16 June 2017, Dr. Kurita Hidehiko, a Junior Research fellow at the Nanzan Institute, delivered a paper on "The Birth of the Japanese New Religion Seichō no Ie and its Political Movement."
LEE Wan-JaeDuring his stay at the Institute as a Southeast Asian scholar in residence Dr. Lee a series of six seminars on Confucian thought.
Paul MOMMAERSDuring two visits to the Institute as a visiting scholar in 1993 and 1994 Dr. Mommaers collaborated with Jan Van Bragt on a comparative study of Christian and Buddhism Mysticism. The work was discussed in a series of periodic seminars and the results were subsequently published as Mysticism Buddhist and Christian: Encounters with Jan van Ruusbroec (New York: Crossroad, 1995).
Mark MULLINSOn 2 December 2015, Prof. Mullins presents for discussion his research "The Postwar Movement to Restore Shinto in the Public Sphere," focusing on the changing face of Shinto as it encounters secularism, neo-nationalism, and religious fundamentalism.
Roger Vanzila MUNSIOn 24 February 2011, Dr. Munsi, a permanent research fellow at the Nanzan Anthropological Institute, presented a paper on "The Matrilinear Kinship Ideology and Religious Forms: Identifying and Preserving Basakata Society." In it, he reported on his field work and an ongoing project to study the effects of colonialization on the Sakata people in the lower Congo and the elements that have enabled them to maintian their collective identity..
NAGASAWA Shiho 長澤志穂"The Development of Medication in Shin-Dynasty China: The Notion of naitan in The Secret of the Golden Flower.." 26 January 2011.
NAGASAWA Sōhei 長澤壮平"Social Participation and Relations in Traditional Village Ceremonies: The Ōgi Festival of Shizuoka, Yamagata Prefecture." 17 March 2010.
Jan NATTIERDuring an extended visit to the Institute as a visiting scholar in 1990, Dr. Nattier presented a series of seminars on her doctoral work. The results were subsequently published as Once Upon a Future Time: Studies in Buddhist Prophecies of Decline (Berkeley: Asian Humanities Press, 1991).
Steve ODINDuring his stay as a visiting scholar from 1987 to 1988, Dr. Odin presented a series of five seminars on the "Sunyata and Kenosis."
Bryan RILLOn 29 June 2010, during the course of a brief stay at the Nanzan Institute, Bryan Rill made a presentation on his field work as a Shugendō practitioner entitled "Shugendō: The Cultivation of Consciousness."
Jean-Noel ROBERTDuring his stay as a visiting scholar from 1984 to 1985, Dr. Robert presented a series of five seminars on "Tendai Disputations."
Minor and Ann ROGERSDuring an extended visit to Japan, while residing in Kyoto, Dr. Rogers and his wife Ann presented a series of seminars on their collaborative study of Rennyo. The results were subsequently published as Rennyo: The second founder of Shin Buddhism (Berkeley: Asian Humanities Press, 1991)
Paul L. SWANSONDr. Swanson led a series of seminars in 1988 on his research into the two-truths theory in Chinese T'ien-'tai Buddhism. The results were subsequently published in 1989 as Foundations of T'ien-t'ai Philosophy: The flowering of the two-truths theory in Chinese Buddhism.
Carla TRONU (2)On 17 March 2016, Dr. Tronu addressed a gathering at the Nanzan Institute on "Cultural Adaptation in the Making of Catholic Churches in Early Modern Japan: Location, Sacralization and Naming." A lively discussion followed.
Harrie VANDERSTAPPENDuring his stay as a visiting scholar from 1992 to 1993, Dr. Vanderstappen presented a series of seminars on "Reinterpreting Chinese Art through Landscape Paintings."
YOKOI MomokoOn 17 June 2017, Dr. Yokoi Momoko delivered a paper at the Nanzan Institute on "Measuring Japanese Religiosity."
YUSA MichikoDuring her stay as a visiting scholar during 1994 and 1995, Dr. Yusa presented in seminar her research on the life and thought of Nishida Kitarõ. The results are being prepared for publication.
James W. HEISIG (1983–2007)For 25 years, James Heisig held bi-monthly meetings for the general public on a variety of topics, ranging from classics in Japanese and western literature to philosophy and psychology to the history of magic.
ISHIWAKI Yoshifusa (1989-1998)A group of about 10 persons gathered around Dr. Ishiwaki to discuss questions related to ecclesiology. Meetings were held in the morning on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 10:00 to 12:00. A second seminar, dealing with Christian thought in general, met on the third Thursday of each month from 12:00 to 3:00 pm.
TAKEUCHI Yoshinori (1976-1977 )Prof. Takeuchi directed a series of interdisciplinary seminars on the thought and writings of Shinran.
GANKAI (1977-1980, 1987-1988 )The editoral staff of the Buddhist journal Gankai held a series of monthly seminars over the years on Pure Land theology and the Amida Sutra.