Talks

Zen and Japanese Spiritual Practices

October 19, 2021 7:00 pm
Live Webinar

Part of the Living Traditions Series

Tuesday, October 19 at 7–8 pm EDT (4–5 pm PDT) | Calculate your local time

What is Zen? It is a term most people are familiar with, but for which few are able to find deeper understanding. This religious tradition has influenced not only Japanese culture and spiritual practices immensely, but has also had a significant impact on Western society. At this talk, we invite scholars and practitioners to share their unique perspectives, examining Zen's role and perception in Japan and the West, differences in practices, and the path forward in a post-COVID world. This is the second of the five-part Living Traditions webinar series.

Speakers:
Daiko Matsuyama, Deputy Head Priest of Taizo-in, Zen Buddhist Temple; Visiting Lecturer at Stanford University
Shoko Mekata, Post-Doc Associate, Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University
Dave Morin, Co-founder & Managing Director, Offline Ventures; Chairman, Esalen Institute

Moderator:
Paul S. Atkins, Professor in the Department of Asian Languages & Literature, University of Washington

Agenda
7-8 pm EDT (4-5 pm PDT)    Discussion and Q&A

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Program Details: This is a free event, with advance registration required. The program will be live-streamed through YouTube, and registrants will receive the viewing link by email the day before the event. Participants can submit questions through YouTube during the live stream.

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Photo credit: Daiko Matsuyama

Living Traditions webinar series is co-presented with Portland Japanese Garden and supported by the Government of Japan.

Portland Japanese Garden       The Japanese Government

Talks+ Programs at Japan Society are generously sponsored by MUFG (Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group) and ORIX Corporation USA. Additional support is provided by an anonymous donor, the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund, and Helen and Kenneth A. Cowin.

MUFG       ORIX