NCC Center for the Study of Japanese Religions, Kyoto Japanese






Interreligious Studies in Japan Program (ISJP)

Preparing students to encounter people of different religions and cultures



Visiting Mount Koya (Shingon School)
In response to global tensions among religions today, the Interreligious Studies in Japan Program (ISJP) offers systematic study of Japanese religions and provides opportunities for interreligious dialogue. Its aim is to promote mutual understanding as a basis for peaceful coexistence and cooperation.

One semester consists of courses on Shinto, Buddhism, reading a classic Buddhist text in translation, New Religions, Japanese Christianity, Theology of Religions, and introduction to the Japanese language. Theoretical studies are supplemented by an exposure program consisting of field trips to various religious centers and meetings with their representatives. Attending one semester offers basic information, while participation in two semesters provides broader knowledge.

The goal is to widen the students’ perspectives towards other religions and to deepen their own faith in order to build peace among people of different religions. To get a better understanding of past ISJP activities, see also our report of previous semesters.

ISJP Fall Semester 2006

Courses held from October 10 to December 15:
  1. Shinto and Folk Religion (Prof. Peter Knecht, Nanzan University):
    Wednesdays, 13:15 - 16:30 (two classews every other week)
  2. Japanese Buddhism (Prof. Robert Rhodes, Otani University):
    Fridays, 10:45 - 12:15
  3. Japanese New Religions (Prof. Martin Repp, Ryukoku University):
    Tuesdays, 15:00 - 16:30
  4. Japanese Christianity and Theology (Prof. Yuki Hideo, Doshisha University; Prof. Mizugaki Wataru, Kyoto University):
    Thursdays, 10:45 - 12:15
  5. Theology of Religions (Prof. Jan van Bragt, Nanzan University):
    Thursdays, 13:15 - 14:45
  6. Reading a Classical Buddhist Text in English Translation: The Lotus Sutra (Prof. Michael Pye, Marburg University / Otani University):
    Tuesdays, 10:45 - 12:15

Students who want to attend the entire ISJP Program should follow the proper application procedure.

Students in the Kansai area who want to participate only in selected courses apply directly (PDF, 34 kB) at the NCC Study Center.

Participation fee per course (10 weeks): 10.000
(students of K-GURS: 8.000)

Fall Semester: Fall SemesterDetailed Curriculum

  1. Shinto
  2. Japanese Buddhism*
  3. Japanese New Religions*
  4. Christianity in Japan
  5. Theology of Religions
  6. Reading a classic Japanese Buddhist text in English translation*
  7. Basic Japanese language

*The contents are organized in such a way that the two semesters do not overlap but complement each other.

Program Overview

Spring Semester: Spring SemesterDetailed Curriculum

  1. Folk Religion
  2. Japanese Buddhism*
  3. Japanese New Religions*
  4. Japanese Theology and Philosophy
  5. Theories of Interreligious Dialogue
  6. Reading a classic Japanese Buddhist text in English translation*
  7. Basic Japanese language

Fall Semester: Fall SemesterDetailed Curriculum

  1. Shinto
  2. Japanese Buddhism*
  3. Japanese New Religions*
  4. Christianity in Japan
  5. Theology of Religions
  6. Reading a classic Japanese Buddhist text in English translation*
  7. Basic Japanese language

*The contents are organized in such a way that the two semesters do not overlap but complement each other.

Exposure Program
Periods

One semester consists of two weeks of orientation (general introduction) and ten weeks of regular courses. Fall semester: September – December, spring semster: April – July.

Participants

ISJP is designed for university students who are interested in the study of religions in Japan as well as in the experience of interreligious dialogue. The following are especially welcome: undergraduate and graduate students of theology, religious studies, religious education, Japanese studies, and Eastern philosophy.

Requirements
Instead of participating in the whole program, it is also possible to attend one (or more) class(es) of one’s choice. For more information, please contact the Coordinator.
Credits

Participants receive certificates for each class as well as for the whole program. Students, who write a paper on a subject agreed with the teacher receive credited certificates.

Living Costs & Tuition

Living costs including accommodation are a minimum of 120,000 per month.
Tuition is 100,000 per semester.

Application

Please fill in the application form (PDF file, 64 kB) in English; enclose your curriculum vitae (including university studies, hobbies and volunteer activities); a letter of recommendation by a professor; photocopy of passport for visa application (validity minimum one year); letter of guarantee for sufficient financial support (e.g. scholarship).

Application Deadlines

March 31 for fall semester, October 31 for spring semester (exceptions are possible in special cases).

Please send your applications to the Program Coordinator. Candidates should apply for visas at a Japanese embassy or consulate in their home countries. The proper category is “cultural visa” (bunka visa).

Faculty and Board

Faculty

The teachers of this program are experts in their field and have been selected by the Advisory and Executive Committee. The names of previous lecturers are listed in the reports.

ISJP Board Members

Rev. Hamaya Peter Norio (Coordinator of ISJP, NCC Study Center, Chairman of the Board of Trustees)*
Prof. Doi Kenji (Kwansei Gakuin University; NCC Study Center, Director)*
Prof. Fujimoto Kiyohiko (Bukkyo University)
Prof. Higuchi Susumu (Kwansei Gakuin University)
Rev. Ichikawa Sadataka (Jodoshu priest, Bukkyo University)
Ass. Prof. Iwano Yusuke (Kwansei Gakuin University, NCC Study Center, Vice Director)*
Prof. Katayanagi Eiichi (Kyoto University)
Prof. em. Mizugaki Wataru (Kyoto University)
Prof. Mizutani Makoto (Doshisha University)
Prof. Nakamichi Motoo (Kwansei Gakuin University)
Prof. Robert Rhodes (Otani University)
Prof. Takada Shinryo (Ryukoku University)
Prof. em. Yuki Hideo (Doshisha University, former Director of the NCC Study Center)
Prof. Miyasho Tetsuo (Doshisha University)*
Rev. Teramoto Tomomasa (Nishi Hongan-ji priest, Ryukoku University; ISJP Secretary)*

* Members of the Executive Board




Contact

Don't hesitate to contact us with your questions or comments:
Full CurriculumSend us an email
Phone/Fax: +81-(0)75-432-1945

NCC Center for the Study of Japanese Religions
Interreligious Studies in Japan Program (ISJP)
Attn. Coordinator
Karasuma Shimotachiuri, Kamikyo-ku
Kyoto 602-8011, JAPAN

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