Schedule of Panels

Friday August 7:

Panel 1: Images of Intersubjective Praxis in Classical and Contemporary Jodo Shu
1:30 – 4:00, Kodo

Mark Blum, University of California, Berkeley, presiding

Who Attains Birth? Honen’s Understanding of the Amida Sutra
Kazuhiro Ishida
Jodo Shu Research Institute, Tokyo

Intersubjectivity in Death and Birth (ōjō): Moving Against the Tide of Individualism in Buddhism in Japan and the United States
Yoshiharu Tomatsu
Jodo Shu Research Institute, Tokyo

Helping the Homeless, Transforming the Helper: Intersubjectivity in the Activities of the Hitosaji “One Spoonful” Association
Akinori Takase
Jodo Shu Research Institute, Tokyo

Together We Die or Together We Live: Intersubjective Intimacy in the Suicide Prevention Work of Contemporary Japanese Priests
Jonathan Watts
Jodo Shu Research Institute, Tokyo

Panel 2: Cultural Translations of Pure Land Buddhisms
1:30 – 4:00, Room 135

Jessica Main, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, presiding

Introducing the Sort-Of Buddhist; or, “If there is no ‘I’ to have a religious identity then how do I fill out this darn survey?”
Anne C. Spencer
The College of Idaho

Pure Land Principles in Practice: an Exploration of Vietnamese Buddhism in the Midwest
Courtney Bruntz
Oregon State University

The Politics and Poetics of Subjectivity: Autonomy and Sovereignty in English-speaking Jodo Shinshu
Enrique Galvan-Alvarez
International University of La Rioja

Subjectivity as a Double-edged Sword for the Non-Japanese Reception of Shinshu
Galen Amstutz
Independent Scholar

Saturday August 8:

Panel 3: Embodied Subjectivitiy and Pure Land Praxis
9:00 – 11:00, Kodo

James Dobbins, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, presiding

Jōdo Shinshū Subjectivity and Medicalized Discourse:  Taniyama Yōzō’s Vihara and the Shifting Role of Practitioner and Priest
Charles Cook
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Sinful, Sickly, and Neurotic: Self-Reflection and Self-Power in Modern Japanese Pure Land
Melissa Anne-Marie Curley
University of Iowa

Gendered Bodies, Subjectivity and the Pure Land
Kristin Johnston Largen
Gettysburg Seminary

Embodied Activity in Pure Land Buddhism: At the Interface of Subjectivity and Objectivity
Richard K. Payne
Institute of Buddhist Studies

Panel 4: Pure Land Philosophies Across Cultures
9:00 – 11:00, Room 135

Enrique Galvan-Alvarez, International University of La Rioja, presiding

Proletarian Subjectivity, or, Why is the Shin Buddhist Legacy Worth Fighting For?
Thomas Calobrisi
Graduate Theological Union

Already But Not Yet: Calendar and Reality
Gordon Bermant
University of Pennsylvania and Institute of Buddhist Studies

Buddhahood as an Intersubjective Phenomenon in the Thought of Longchen Rapjam
Yaroslav Komarovski
University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Questioning the Eastern-ness of the Western Pure Land: Revisionist Reflections on Pure Land’s Indian Identity
Stephen Jenkins
Humboldt State University

Panel 5: Perspectives on Subjectivity in Pure Land Buddhism
11:15 – 1:15  Kodo

Kenneth Tanaka, Musashino University, Tokyo, presiding

How to Attain True Subjectivity in the “Latter Days of the Law” (Mo-fa): A Comparative Study of Pure Land School and Three Stages School in China
Teruma Nishimoto
Musashino University

The Understanding of Shinran’s Idea of Birth in the Context of Modern Discourse
Mitsuya Dake
Ryukoku University

Mind the Gap between the Theory of Selflessness and the Concept of Subjectivity
Masahiro Shimoda
The University of Tokyo

Subjectivity at the Heart of Shin Spirituality and Doctrine:
Defining the Meaning of Subjectivity
Kenneth K. Tanaka
Musashino University

Panel 6: Shin Buddhist Reflections on Subjectivity
11:15 – 1:15, Room 135

Patti Nakai, the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, presiding

An inquiry into subjectivity and a contemporary expression of pain: a Shin Buddhist approach
Angela Andrade
Honpa Hongwanji Sao Paulo, Brazil

From Honen to Shinran: Continuation and Transformation based on the Saihō Shinanshō
Toshikazu Arai
Soai University, Osaka

The Benefit of Constantly Practicing Great Compassion: Understanding Subjectivity in Shin Buddhist Propagation
Ryoei Nanjo
Ryukoku University

A Reexamination of Subjectivity in Shin Buddhism
Takashi Miyaji
Ryukoku University

Panel 7: The Clarification of the Issue of Religious Subjectivity in Modern Ōtani-ha Doctrinal Studies
2:30 – 4:30, Kodo

Michael Conway, Otani University, Kyoto, presiding

Individual and Communal Aspects of Self and Subjectivity in the Modern Shin Buddhist Thought of the Ōtani-ha
Takami Inoue
Otani University

Being within the Tathāgata: Yasuda Rijin’s Laying of a Foundation for the Religious Subject
Takeshi Kaku
Otani University

Companions on the Way in the Tathāgata’s Light: The Incorporation of the Tannishō in Kiyozawa Manshi’s Thought
Yūsetsu Nishimoto
Otani University

The Subject, Not Object, of Faith: Soga Ryōjin’s Reinterpretation of Dharmākara Bodhisattva’s Role in Shin Soteriology
Michael Conway
Otani University

Panel 8: Locating the Subject in China’s Pure Land Buddhisms
2:30 – 4:30, Room 135

Courtney Bruntz, Oregon State University, Portland, presiding

Nirvāna as Permanence, Joy, Self, and Purity in a Medieval Chinese Buddhist Commentary
Wendi L. Adamek
University of Calgary

Self-Power (zili 自力) and Other-Power (tali 他力) in Late Imperial Chinese Pure Land Buddhism: Negotiating the Boundary of Self and Buddha.
Charles B. Jones
School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America

Defending the Pure Land: Huaigan’s Qunyi lun
Kendall Marchman
Young Harris College

On the “Subjectivist Turn” in Modern Pure Land Thought: Some Insights From Chinese Sources
Jakub Zamorski
National Chengchi University, Taipei

Sunday August 9:

Panel 9: Modern Constructions of Shin Buddhist Subjectivity
9:30 – 12:00, Kodo

Scott Mitchell, Institute of Buddhist Studies, presiding

Faces of Jōdo Shinshū: Lay and Priestly Experiences of True Pure Land Buddhism
Daniel Friedrich
McMaster University

Gendered Shin Buddhist Subjectivity in Theory and Practice
Jessie Starling
Lewis & Clark College

Subjectivity During Wartime: The Shin Modernist Views of Soga Ryōjin
Jeff Schroeder
Duke University

To Be a Person of this Doctrine (shūmonjin 宗門人), To Be a Person of this Order (kyōdanjin 教団人): Collective Subjectivity in Modern Shin Buddhist Rhetoric
Jessica L.Main
University of British Columbia

Respondent: Michihiro Ama, University of Alaska-Anchorage

Panel 10: Forming the Subject in Pure Land Buddhisms
9:30 – 12:00, Room 135

Anne Spencer, The College of Idaho, presiding

On the Formation of the Precepts in the Early Pure Land Sūtras
Yue Xiao
The Research Institute of Bukkyo University

Ascertain rebirth by self-validation or communal accord?
Sing Song Liu
National Chengchi University, Taipei

The Subjective View of the Student: Angulimāla and Myōhōbō
Patti Nakai
The Buddhist Temple of Chicago

Is Having Faith Difficult Practice?: Phenomenological and Rhetorical Understanding of Shinran’s Nembutsu Doctrine
Eiji Suhara
University of Arizona