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Present study groups:Contemporary Issues

The groups in this area investigated pressing social, ethical, and religious issues impacting on life in modern Japan.

It is not registered now.

Former study groups:Contemporary Issues

Recently, the study group was being held at the Institute, but the list has already ended.

Issues of Concern for Temples in Modern Japan

Description Temples in the Rinzai and Ōbaku schools were surveyed on several issues of central importance in contemporary Japanese Buddhism: 1) relations between temples and temple supporters (danka); 2) the role of temple wives; 3) the role of nuns. The results were published and distributed to all temples in the Rinzai and Ōbaku schools.

Aum Shinrikyō

Description The implications of the Aum Shinrikyō Affair were discussed from the Zen tradition’s perspective by doctrinal authorities from the Ōbaku and Rinzai schools in a ten-month series of meetings.

Brain Death

Description The various issues related to the concept of brain death were discussed by officials responsible for educational affairs at the Ōbaku school and various branches of the Rinzai school, and a report of their conclusions was released.