Events Stepping on Lotus Flowers: Rethinking Buddhist Faith in Modern Asia

31st March, 2023 09:30:00~17:30:00 JST

The Buddhist situation in Asia today is undergoing rapid changes as a result of economic development and the emerging influence of Islam and Christianity. In much the same way as Christianity was obliged to question its tradition and identity in the modern West, Buddhist traditions, values, and thought in Asia would seem to warrant re-examination in the light of religious pluralism, feminism, contemporary philosophy, and the like.

At the suggestion of the University of Dhaka and with the support of the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, we invite Tokurinji’s colleagues from Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, and Japan to join us for a seminar to take up these questions. We hope this will prove a valuable opportunity to hear reports on the state of Buddhist studies from across Asia and to discuss Buddhist faith in modern times.


Part 1
Chair … Seung Chul Kim
9:30 -9:45 Opening 
9:45-10:30 田中公明 ― 中村元東方研究所専任研究員、高野山大学客員教授、東洋大学大学院講師
10:30-11:15 周夏 ― 同朋大学仏教文化研究所客員研究員
11:15-12:00 嘉木揚凱朝 ― 社会科学院世界宗教研究所教授、同朋大学仏教文化研究所客員所員
12:00-12:45 Sugeng Tanto ― 名古屋女子大学非常勤講師
                        “Introduction to Buddhism in Indonesia”
Part 2
Chair … Matthew McMullen
15:00 -15:15 Introduction
15:15 -16:00  Abdul Bashir ― Professor, Department of Islamic History and Culture, University of Dhaka
                       ”The Role of Buddhism in Pluralistic Society: Bangladesh Perspective”
16:00-16:45  Dilip Kumar Barua ―Professor,Department of Pali and Buddhist Studies,University of Dhaka
                       “A Provisional Report on the Formation of the Bhikkhuni Sangha (Nuns) of Bangladesh”
16:45 -17:30  Sikder Monoare Murshed ― Professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Dhaka
                    “Buddhism, Rabindranath Tegore and Japan”
17:30  Conclusion (Shucho Takaoka)

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