Friday Night Public Lecture
November 22, 2013 | 6:30 to 8 PM
Shin Buddhism and Modernity
Professor Melissa Anne-Marie Curley
|Professor Melissa Anne-Marie Curley is the Assistant Professor, Japanese Religions at the University of Iowa. She did extensive research on Rev. Shinsho Hanayama a BCA Bishop in the 60’s. What is so interesting about Bishop Hanayama was before coming to America, besides being a Professor at Tokyo University – he volunteered to be a Buddhist Chaplain during the trials of the Japanese War Crime Tribunals following the Second World War. He offered Tojo Hideki a glass of wine just before his execution. In his book The Way of Deliverance: Three Years with Condemned Japanese War Criminals, he wrote “And I realized that we Buddhists must reflect upon ourselves before criticizing others. Our own lack of spirituality and will-power was one of the principal causes of Japan’s present fate.”Dr. Curley portrays Rev. Shinsho Hanayama as a significant figure in the history of the BCA and the important role he played in the history of modern Japan before coming to America. Her talk will focus on how we can look at his efforts as a chaplain as a model for imagining a Shin Buddhist form of compassionate engagement with others.
Please join us for this fascinating and historic look at Shin Buddhism yesterday and today.
All Dharma Discussions and lectures will be held in the ABSC Library followed by a reception. A suggested donation is requested of $5 for ABSC members, seniors, and students, all others $10