2018 Tannisho Workshop in Berkeley

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March 2, 2018 to March 4, 2018
California, United States
Subject Fields: 
East Asian History / Studies, Japanese History / Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies and Theology, Sociology

The third Tannishō Workshop will be held at the Jōdo Shinshū Center in Berkeley, focusing on critically examining premodern and modern hermeneutics of the Tannishō, a core text of the Shin sect of Buddhism, and arguably the most well-read religious text in postwar Japan. 2018 will be the second year in this five-year project that meets twice each year: for 2018 we will meet in Berkeley from March 2 to 4 and in Kyoto at Ryūkoku University from June 22 to 24. Organized around close readings of the most influential materials produced in early modern, modern, and postmodern Japan, the workshop aims at producing a critical, annotated translation detailing the salient ways in which this text has been both inspirational and controversial, as well as a series of essays analyzing a wide spectrum of voices in Japanese scholarship and preaching that have spoken on this work. Continuing our work from last year, we will read sections of commentaries by Enchi (1662), Jukoku (1740), Jinrei (1808), and Ryōshō (1841). For the modern period, works by Andō Shūichi (1909), Chikazumi Jōkan (1930), and Soga Ryōjin (1947) will be the major concern, as well as the translation history of the text. 

The language of instruction will be primarily English with only minimal Japanese spoken for purposes of clarification, but the texts will be in primarily in Classical Japanese and Modern Japanese, with some outside materials in kanbun and English. Participants will be expected to prepare the assigned readings, and on occasion make relevant presentations in English about content.

Participation is free and open to the public. No prior participation is required but you must register. A limited number of travel fellowships are available to qualified graduate students. See details in the URL posted here.

Please note that as an addendum scheduled just prior the workshop, on the afternoon of March 1st a small symposium will be held on the University of California, Berkeley campus on premodern and modern Japanese Buddhist responses to issues of social discrimination, with a focus on the sufferers of Hansen's disease (leprosy). Papers will be given by Hank Glassman, Jessica Main, and Jesse Starling. Details of the location and time for this will be posted separately; it is mentioned here so those planning on attending to the Workshop can adjust their schedules accordingly.


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Mark Blum

Buddhist Studies Program

University of California, Berkeley

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