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3rd Collaborative Research between Dongguk University College of Buddhist Studies and Culture (Korea) and the Toyo University International Research Center for Philosophy (Japan), 1st Unit

3rd Collaborative Research between Dongguk University College of Buddhist Studies and Culture (Korea) and the Toyo University International Research Center for Philosophy (Japan), 1st Unit

The 3rd collaborative research conference was held on July 11, 2015 at the Toyo University Hakusan Campus (Building 8, 7th floor, 125 Memorial Hall).

IWAI Shogo (IRCP Reseacher) presided over the conference with JUNG Sang-Kyo overseeing language interpretation. After opening remarks by TAKEMURA and KANG Mun-sun (Ven. Hyewon/Dongguk University), six researchers delivered presentations.

The first presentation by SATO Atsushi (IRCP Visiting Reseacher) was “The Korean Buddhist World’s Assimilation of Information from Overseas—Focusing on the 1910s.” Based on the study of the translations of five documents from the Chōsen Bukkyō Geppō (Korean Buddhist Monthly), which was published from 1912 to 1913, the presentation discussed how the Korean Buddhist world of the modern period acquired literature from China and Japan and what they were trying to obtain. Next, KIM Kwang-sik (Dongguk University) made a presentation entitled “Dual Paths Relative to Marriage and Eating Meat in Korea’s Modern Period Buddhism—A Case of Approval and Disapproval toward the Assimilation of Japanese Buddhist Practices.” During the Japanese colonial period, the question of whether priests should be allowed to marry and eat meat became widespread; arguments for and against the Korean Buddhist world’s response were discussed.

The presentations after the lunch break included one by MIURA Setsuo (IRCP Reseacher) entitled “Inoue Enryō’s Yōkaigaku (Mystery Studies),” in which he introduced Inoue Enryō’s life as well as the content of Yōkaigaku and its significance. That talk was followed by a presentation by KIM Ho-seong (Dongguk University) entitled “Kurata Hyakuzō’s Understanding of Shinran—Focusing on The Beliefs of Hōnen and Shinran (Vol. 2),” in which Kurata Hyakuzō’s understanding was discussed, and its characteristics and problematic points were revealed.

After a short break, TAKEMURA’s presentation entitled “Suzuki Daisetsu and Nishida Kitaro” outlined their philosophies of religion and elucidated how they were significant. The final presentation was by Professor KANG, “The Culture of Training as Shown in the Registries in Modern Period Korean Zen Temples.” This lecture discussed the culture of Zen training at the time by evaluating the records left in modern period Korean Zen temples.

After the research presentations, a discussion among all presenters became quite impassioned, eventually overrunning the scheduled time. Finally, MURAKAMI Katsuzo (IRCP Reseacher) presented some closing remarks and the research conference concluded. Providing an opportunity for the Korean and Japanese researchers to each present a different viewpoint with the purpose of generating new knowledge was a major achievement of the conference.

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