We encounter a number of contradictions in texts of Japanese Buddhism and philosophy. Are they mere rhetoric, purporting to shock people? Can they be explained away in one or another non-paradoxical manner? Or are they meant to be literally true or real? If so, is the reality really inconsistent? With the support of the John Templeton Foundation and Kyoto University, an international team of scholars will investigate those issues. Though being run in English, this symposium is opened to anyone who is interested in Buddhism and philosophy.

flyer PDF


From Friday Jan. 16 to Sunday Jan. 18, 2015

West Campus, Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University, Yoshida-Izumidono-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan
   (the building 69) PDF

(2) Shirankaikan Annex
The Faculty of Medicine Campus, Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University, Yoshida Konoe-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan

*The public symposium is held at 16:00-18:00 on Sunday January 18th at (2) Shirankaikan Annex.
*The other sessions except the symposium above are supposed not to be open for the public.
*No participation fee & no registration.


Prof. Yasuo Deguchi, (Kyoto University)
Prof. Toru Funayama(Kyoto University)
Prof. Jay Garfield, (National University of Singapore)
Prof. Shoryu Katsura(Ryukoku University)
Dr. Ralf Müller (Universität Hildesheim)
Prof. Graham Priest (The Graduate Center of City University of New York)
Prof. Robert Sharf (UC Berkley)


The Sir John Templeton Foundation,
Center for Applied Philosophy and Ethics,
Kyoto University, Kyoto University Asian Studies Unit


Kyoto Station to Kyoto University

To take a taxi
The journey will take about 20 minutes and cost approx. 1,800 yen.
To take the bus: Kyoto City Bus
The bus ride will take approx. 30-35 minutes and cost 230 yen.
Kyoto Univ. Main Campus
# 206
bound for Kitaoji Bus Terminal via Higashiyama St.
Get off at "Kyodai Seimon-mae".
# 17
bound for Ginkaku-ji via Kawaramachi St.
Get off at "Hyakumanben".