The Japan Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies was founded in February 1982 through the stimulus of the 1980 Hawaii Buddhist-Christian Conference and with Professor Doi Masatoshi as the principal initiator. Its aim from the start, as the Japan Chapter of the broader “East-West Religions Project” has been to promote East-West interreligious dialogue at the doctrinal level (philosophical and theological). It collaborates closely with the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies based in the United States.

The Society is presently headed by Tanaka Yutaka and has some 50 members. Annual meetings, which are always open to observers, are held each year in July in Kyoto, and the results published in Japanese in 『東西宗教研究』.

  1. Jesus' Words, Zen Words September 5-7, 2011

    speakers: Ueda Shizuteru, “Jesus' Words, Zen Words”; Mori Tetsurō, “A Look at Ueda's Interpretation of Nishida and 'Language”; Yagi Seiichi, “The Path to Dialogue”; Inoue Katsuhito, “Conversation Exegesis: An Approach to 'Jesus' Words, Zen Words'”; Matsuoka Yukako, “Comparing Gotama's Words with Jesus' Words”

    Journal of the Japan Society for Buddhist Christian Studies 11 (2012)

  2. Religion and Society August 30- September1, 2010

    speakers: Yagi Yōchi, "Religion and Society: An Attempt at a Theory of Communication Based on the Logic of Basho"; Sugawara Shinrō, "Escaping the Seven Places of Emptiness"; Kimura Kiyoshi, "Retributive Justice and Natural Law in the Book of Job"; Watanabe Manabul, "When Buddhism and Christianity were 'New Religions': The Genetic Perspective in the Study of New Religions" Kawanami Akira, 'Mahāyāna Buddhism and .'

    Journal of the Japan Society for Buddhist Christian Studies 10 (2011)

  3. The Possibility of Philosophy of Religion (2) July 31-September 2, 2009

    Tsuruoka Yoshio, “Does Mysticism Belong to the Christian West? A Reading from the “Mystical” Prayer of John of the Cross”; Shimizu Taisuke, “Willigis Jäger and the Search for a Unified Spiritual Wisdom East and West: Christian Mysticism and Zen”; Takemura Makio, “Buddhism and Mysticism: Zen and Esoteric Buddhism”; Yasunaga Sodō, “Christians and Zen Experience: On Yagi's Experience on the Train to Kassel”

    Journal of the Japan Society for Buddhist Christian Studies 9 (2010)

  4. The Possibility of Philosophy of Religion (1) September 1-3, 2008

    speakers: Keta Masako, "Modes of Thought n Today's World: Jan Van Bragt's Hopes and Disappointments vis-à-vis the Kyoto School"; Hanaoka Eiko, "In Search of New Possibilities for the Philosophy of Religion: Fundamental Experience and the Conversion of Philosophy;" Peter Barkelmans, "The Idea of Faith in The Awakening of Faith in Mahāyāna"; Kim Seung-Chul, "Christian Theology Faces Religion and Science"; Yagi Seiichi, "The Possibility of the Philosophy of Religion: A Christian Viewpoint"

    Journal of the Japan Society for Buddhist Christian Studies 8 (2009)

  5. In Memoriam: Jan Van Bragt September 10-12, 2007

    speakers: James Heisig, "The Pontifical Thought of Jan Van Bragt"; Nishimura Eshin, "Jan Van Bragt's Understanding of Nishitani's Philosohy"; Hoshikawa Keiji, "The Problem of Language in Interreligious Dialogue"; Nobuhara Tokiyuki, "The Dialogue among Religions and the Dialogue among Civilizations"; Tanaka Yutaka, 'The Philosophy of Nothingness and the Theology of Haya"

    Journal of the Japan Society for Buddhist Christian Studies 7 (2008)

  6. The Significance of the Japan Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies July 26-28, 2006

    speakers: Kawanami Akira, "The World of the Infinite Circle (Sphere) East and West: Its Emergence and Development in Mahāyāna Buddhism"; Yagi Yōichi, "The Japan Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies: Looking Back and Looking Ahead after Twenty-Five Years"; Keta Masako, "The Special Character and Significance of the Japan Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies: A View from the Philosophy of Religion"

    Journal of the Japan Society for Buddhist Christian Studies 6 (2007)

  7. The Personal and the Impersonal in the Absolute July 20-25, 2005

    speakers: Hanaoka Eiko, "The Infinite Opening of the Absolute'in Christianity and Buddhism"; Yagi Seiichi, "Basho Theory in the New Testament (Impersonal Theology)"; Takemura Makio, "The Personal and the Impersonal in the Buddhist Absolute";'Tanaka Yutaka, "The Personal and the Impersonal in the Absolute: The Personal and the Most Universal"'

    Journal of the Japan Society for Buddhist Christian Studies 5 (2006)

  8. The Thought of Ueda Shizuteru July 20-22, 2004

    speakers: Ueda Shizuteru, "My Thought." Yagi Seiichi, "A Semiotics of Basho Theory: A Reply to Critics on the Application of the Semiotics." Matsuoka Yukako, "A Buddhist-Christian Perspective on 'Being in the Twofold World of Basho'." Hashimoto Hiroaki, "The Possibility of Interreligious Dialogue in Tauler in the Light of the Acceptance of Eckhart in Japan"

    Journal of the Japan Society for Buddhist Christian Studies 4 (2005]

  9. Body and Place: Perspectives East and West. July 24-26, 2003

    speakers: Honda Masaaki, "From Body to Place"; Kawanami Akira, "The Pure Land and the Body"; Hanaoka Eiko, "Body Theories East and West"; Yagi Seiichi, "Prologue to a Theory of Locus"

    Journal of the Japan Society for Buddhist Christian Studies 3 (2004)

  10. Religion and the Body: I. July 24-26, 2002

    speakers:Yoritomi Motohiro, "The View of the Body in Shingon Buddhism"; Kosaka Kunitsugu, "The Question of the Body in Nishida"; Yagi Seiichi, 'The Body as Place: Symbolic Expression of Locus Theory"

    Journal of the Japan Society for Buddhist Christian Studies 2 (2003)

  11. Nature. July 23-25, 2001

    speakers:Ueda Shizuteru, "On Nature"; Tanaka Yutaka, "Nature"; Kawanami Akira, "Form, Emptiness, and Nature"; Taniguchi Masako, "Inculturation: An Essay on the Writings of Miyazawa Kenji"

    Journal of the Japan Society for Buddhist Christian Studies 1 (2002)

  12. Presentations by Members. July 24-26, 2000

    speakers: Okumura Ichirō, "The History of Spirituality: From Buddhism to Christianity"; Hanaoka Eiko, "The Problem of Spirituality at the Turn to the 21st Century"; Yagi Seiichi, "The Development of the Ongoing Dialogue"; Kobayashi Enshō, "The Lady Māyā and the Virgin Mary"; Takada Shinryō, "Eschatology and Mappō"

    Daijōzen 2001/4-5

  13. Jung: Self, Spirituality, and Nature. July 21-23, 1999

    speakers: Watanabe Manabu, "Jung and the Self"; James Heisig. "Jung, Christianity, and Buddhism"; Horio Tsutomu, "Spirituality and Nature"

    Daijōzen 2000/4-5.

  14. From Nishida Philosophy to Holy Spirit Theology. July 21-23, 1998

    speakers: Onodera Isao, "From Nishida Philosophy to Holy Spirit Theology,'Thoughts on the Holy Spirit and Trinitarian Thought"; Muramoto Shōji, "The Psychology of Spirituality: Points of Contact among Buddhists, Christians, and Nonbelievers."

    Daijōzen 1999/4-5

  15. The Fundamental Standpoint of Abe Masao. July 22-24, 1997

    speakers: Abe Masao; respondents: Takeda Ryūsei, Yagi Seiichi

    Daijōzen 1998/5-6

  16. Buddhist-Christian Issues and Nishitani's Thought: II. July 17-19, 1996

    speakers: Horio Tsutomu, "Religion and Philosophy in Nishitani"; James Heisig, "Nishitani's Reception in the West"; Hanaoka Eiko, "Christianity and Buddhism in Nishitani"; Yagi Seiichi, "Buddhist Philosophy and New Testament Theology"'; Hashimoto Hiroaki, "Nishitani's Emptiness and Tauler's Mysticism"; Ōmine Akira, "The Idea of Emptiness in Nishitani'; Takeda Ryūsei, "Religion, Philosophy, and Science."

    Daijōzen 1997/5-6. Most of these papers were also delivered at the International Congress of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies held in Chicago in August, 1996.

  17. Buddhist-Christian Issues and Nishitani's Thought: I. July 24-26, 1995

    speakers: Ishida Yoshikazu, "Nishitani's Philosophical System"; Ueda Shizuteru, "Nishitani's Place in the History of Philosophy"; Hase Shōtō "Nishitani and Nihilism"; Nobuhara Tokiyuki, "History, Person, Ethics"

    Daijōzen 1996/5-6

  18. Emptiness-God-Death. July 18-20, 1994

    speakers: Kajiyama Yuichi, "Emptiness and Transmigration"; Yagi Seiichi, "God"; Nishimura Eshin, "Emptiness and Death"; Jan Van Bragt, "The Victory of Life over Death in the Christian Tradition"

    Daijōzen 1995/6-7, pp. 3-92

  19. Yogacara and Christianity. July 19-21, 1993

    speakers: James Heisig, "Religious Awakening and the Reawakening of the Senses"; Okumura Ichirō :Religious Language: Wisdom and Love"; Yokoyama Kōichi, "The Cleansing of the Ãlayavijnana"; Takemura Makio, "Yogacara and the Eastern Idea of the Individual"

    Daijōzen 1994/6-7, pp. 3-47 and 1994/8-9, pp. 42-90; resume in Buddhist-Christian Studies 1994, p. 203

  20. Nishida's Philosophy. July 20-22, 1992

    speakers: Ueda Shizuteru, "The Basic Standpoint of Nishida's Philosophy"; Akizuki Ryōmin, "Zen and Nishida's Philosophy"; ōmine Akira, "Inverse Correspondence and Amida's Name"; Onodera Isao, "From Nishida's Philosophy to a Theology of the Holy Spirit”; Yagi Yōichi, “The Conception of Words and the Structure of their Place"; Tanaka Yutaka, “Christianity and a Philosophy of Creative Turn-about”

    Daijōzen 1993/5, pp. 35-50 and 1993/7-8, pp. 3-75; resume in Buddhist-Christian Studies 1993/9-10, pp. 235-237

  21. Pure Land Buddhism and Christianity. July 22-24, 1991

    speakers: Bandō Shōjun, "The Original Nature of Pure Land Buddhism"; Jan Van Bragt, "Emptiness Thought and Pure Land Buddhism"

    Daijōzen 1992/5-6, pp. 3-28 and 1992/7-8, pp. 3-34; resume in Buddhist-Christian Studies 1992, pp. 231-232

  22. Religion and Language. July 23-25, 1990

    speakers: Yagi Yōichi, 'Religion and Culture as Communication and Direct Experience'; James Heisig, "On the Function of Symbol"; Tanaka Yutaka, "The Logic of Place and the Critique of Religion"; Kawamura Eiko, "The Problem of Language in True Reality"

    Daijōzen 1991/3-4, pp. 3-53 and 1991/6-7, pp. 3-50

  23. Zen and Pure Land Buddhism. July 24-26, 1989

    speakers: Ueda Shizuteru, "The Core of Zen"; Terakawa Shunshō "The Core of Pure Land Buddhism"

    Daijōzen 1990/6-7, pp. 3-50

  24. Nishida Philosophy, Monastic Exchange. July 25-27, 1988

    speakers: Honda Masaaki, "The Reversibility-Irreversibility Problem"; Okumura Ichirō "Marginalia on the East-West Spiritual Exchange Program"

    Daijōzen 1989/5-6, pp. 3-50

  25. An Attempt at a Theology of Dialogue. July 20-22, 1987

    speaker: Doi Masatoshi

    Daijōzen 1988/6-7, pp. 3-42

  26. Primitive Buddhism, Mahayana, and Christianity. July 21-23, 1986

    speaker: Tamaki Kōshirō (3 lectures)

    Daijōzen 1987/5-6, pp. 2-68 and 1987/10, pp. 3-24

  27. Points of Contact of Christianity and Buddhism. December 24-25, 1985

    speaker: Nishitani Keiji (2 lectures)

    >Daijōzen 1986/7, pp. 2-67

  28. Zen Awakening and Christian Awakening. July 23-25, 1984

    speaker: Tokiwa Gishin, "A Theological Encounter of Christianity and the Religion of Awakening"; 'Yagi Seiichi, "Jesus and Zen" (2 lectures)

    Daijōzen 1985/4-5, pp. 3-63; resume in Buddhist-Christian Studies 1986, pp. 97-120

  29. Hisamatsu Zen and Pure Land Buddhism. July 25-27, 1983

    speaker: Hoshino Genpō (2 lectures)

    Daijōzen 1984/6, pp. 3-70; resume in Buddhist-Christian Studies 1989, pp. 101-122

  30. Takizawa Katsumi's Theology July 26-28, 1982

    speaker: Takizawa Katsumi (3 lectures)

    Daijōzen 1983/2, pp.3-49>; resume in Buddhist-Christian Studies 1983, pp. 119-120