The Institute For Zen Studies

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Present study groups:List of philosophy research groups

This group, led by Prof. Ueda Shizuteru (Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University), formed in 1983. Its primary goal has been to explore the significance of Zen in the modern world and for the modern world – to discover how Zen can actively contribute to Western philosophy and how Western philosophy can actively contribute to Zen, and in that way seek the fundamental principle which incorporates both East and West.

Tripitaka Study Circle

Description In 1995, after finishing its study of The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana大乗起信論, the group adopted the name Tripitaka Study Circle 大蔵会 and took up the study of texts fundamental to the thought of Zen Buddhism. At present the group is reading the Consciousness-only theory 成唯識論.

Former study groups:List of philosophy research groups

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

Philosophy Study Group

Description This group studied various texts between 1983 and 1995.

Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana Study Group

Description As part of the Philosophy Study Group, this group read The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana over the course of thirty-seven meetings between 1985 and 1995.

Dialogues with Scientists

Description To date, four dialogues with representatives of various scientific fields have been held.