LECTURE> "Japanese Buddhism in Europe" (Jørn Borup) at Otani University, Kyoto

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Dear Colleagues,

The International Buddhism Research Division of the Shin Buddhist Comprehensive Research Institute will host a public lecture by Professor Jørn Borup (Aarhus University). The details are as follows.

Speaker: Jørn Borup (Aarhus University)

Title: "Japanese Buddhism in Europe"

Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2018, from 16:30 to 18:00

Place: Multimedia Seminar Room (Korukan, 3rd Floor), Otani University (Koyama Kamifusa-cho, Kita-ku, Kyoto-shi 603-8143)

(Near Exit no. 6 of Kitaoji Station on the Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line)


Japanese Buddhism has mainly followed two main channels in its dissemination and appropriation in Europe: Zen and Soka Gakkai. Zen became the ideal for the 19th and 20th century intellectuals, with D. T. Suzuki as a key figure with the ‘Suzuki effect’ leaving a significant impact on Western culture and Buddhism. As a global form of Buddhism, Soka Gakkai in 20th Century has mainly been exported through the charismatic personality of Daisaku Ikeda as an international and trans-ethnic kind of Buddhism. This presentation investigates the transfiguration and globalization of Japanese Buddhism in Europe, mainly with examples of the practice, institutions and images in Denmark.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Please direct inquiries to Michael Conway (conway@res.otani.ac.jp).


Michael Conway (Lecturer, Otani University)