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March 20–21, 2014

Numata Conference in Buddhist Studies

Violence, Nonviolence, and Japanese Religions: Past, Present, and Future

This event is cosponsored by the Department of Religion at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the Buddhist Study Center (Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawai‘i).

This conference is made possible thanks to the generous support received from:

  • The Numata Foundation (Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai) Japan

  • The Henry R. Milander Fund for Buddhist Studies.

    New The conference booklet with the synopsis of the entire conference including all paper abstracts is available here:–21_2014.pdf

    Additionally, a majority of the papers as they were presented are also available on ScholarSpace:


    Presentations and discussions will be held at the East-West Center, in the Keoni Auditorium within the Hawaii Imin International Conference Center (, on the campus of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1711 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848.
    The movies will be screened in the School of Architecture Auditorium (Arch 205). 2410 Campus Rd. Honolulu, HI 96822.

Schedule of Presentations

Thursday, March 20, 2014

1. Session A: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Psychological and Applied Dimensions (The Present)

  • Helen Baroni, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Religion, “The System Stinks: Sources of Inspiration for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.”
  • Yuki Miyamoto, DePaul University, “Violence and Atonement in the Postindustrial Age: Minamata Patients, Hongan no Kai, and the Carving of Jizō Statues.”
  • James Robson, Harvard University, “From Buddhist Monasteries to Mental Hospitals:  Meditation, Violence, and Tending to the Insane in Traditional and Modern Japan.”

Coffee or tea break 10:40–11:00 a.m.

  • Thao N. Le, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Family and Consumer Science, “Preventing Violence: Implementation & Outcome of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention in Hawaii & Vietnam.”
  • Henry Lew, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, John A. Burns School of Medicine, “Prevalence of Chronic Pain, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Combat Returnees.”

Keynote Address 2:00–2:45 p.m.

  • David Loy, Independent Scholar, “The Interdependence of Violence: A Buddhist Perspective.”

2. Session B: 3:00–6:00 p.m. The Premodern Roots of Violence (The Past I)

  • Mikael S. Adolphson, University of Alberta, Canada, “Discourses on Religious Violence in Premodern Japan.”
  • Saeko Shibayama, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, East Asian Languages & Literatures, “Violence in the Land of Harmony: The Buddhist Concept of Anger in the Konjaku monogatarishū (ca. 1120).”
  • Paul Groner, University of Virginia, “Wrongdoing and Expiation in Japanese Tendai.”

Coffee or tea break 4:40–5:00 p.m.

  • Dennis Hirota, Ryūkoku University, Japan, “Buddhist Narratives and the Release from Violence.”
  • Mark McNally, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, History, “The Role of Violence in the History of American and Japanese Nativism.”

Evening Movie Screening A: 6:30 p.m.–7:45 p.m. Aloha Buddha (72 min.)


Friday, March 21, 2014

3. Session C: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The Twentieth-Century Trauma (The Past II)

  • Micah Auerback, University of Michigan, “Buddhist Chaplaincy to the Imperial Japanese Military as an Arena for Intersectarian Rivalry: The Career of Satō Gan’ei (1875–1918)”
  • Kunihiko Terasawa, Wartburg College, “Japanese Buddhist Youths and Their Struggle with Violence in the Military Before and During WWII: The Case of Hirose Akira (1919–1946).”
  • Duncan Ryuken Williams, University of Southern California, “Contesting Loyalties: Japanese American Buddhist Participation in the World War Two American Military.”

Coffee or tea break 10:40–11:00 a.m.

  • Manfred Henningsen, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Political Science, “Terror and Amnesia: The Processing of the Memory of WWII in Japan and Germany.”
  • Ian Reader, Lancaster University, UK, “Millennialism with and without the Violence: An Examination of Late Twentieth-century Japanese New Religions.”

4. Session D: 2:00–5:00 p.m. Transsectarian and Universalizing Endeavors (The Future)

  • James Mark Shields, Bucknell University, “One Village, One Mind? Eto Tekirei, Tolstoy, and the Structure of Agrarian-Buddhist Utopianism in Taishō Japan.”
  • Tomoe Moriya, Hannan University, Osaka, Japan, “Transmitting the Pre-war and Wartime Legacy to Future Generations in Hawaii: Pure Land Buddhist Approaches to Cultivating Peace and Building an Egalitarian Society.”
  • Masato Ishida, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Philosophy, “Transforming Visions for the Future: Ifa Fuyu’s Search of an Okinawan-Japanese Identity.”

Coffee or tea break 3:30–3:50 p.m.

  • Michel Mohr, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Religion, “The Missing Link: Bridging the Gap Between Meiji Universalism, Postwar Pacifism, and Future Transreligious Developments.”
  • Mara Miller, Independent Scholar, Hawai‘i, “Visualizing the Past, Envisioning the Future: Utilizing Atomic Bomb Memorials, Fukushima, and the ‘Fourth Space’ of Comparative Informatics.”

5:10 p.m. Symposium Closing Remarks.

Evening Movie Screening B: 6:00–7:45 p.m. Gate: A True Story (104 min.)

  • Followed by a discussion with the Producer and Film Director Matt Taylor.


[Last update: May 29, 2014]

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