On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, the Faculty of Arts had the honor of receiving Professor Shōryū Katsura, President of Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai (BDK), Society for the Promotion of Buddhism.
Together with Professor Katsura were Harumi Aoki, Executive Director of the BDK, Reverend Shojun Ogi, and Kasidis Sarasalin, General Manager of Mitutoyo (Thailand) Co., Ltd., an organization supporting the activities of the BDK.
The purpose of the meeting was to become acquainted with Buddhist activities of both the BDK and the Faculty of Arts. Most importantly, the BDK wished to support the study of Japanese Buddhism by establishing
the Namata Visiting Scholar System at the Faculty of Arts. The system is a program to help fund visiting scholars in
The representatives from the Faculty of Arts led by the Dean, Professor Kingkarn Thepkanchana, PhD, were Professor
Bhadra Rujirathat, PhD (Peter Skilling), Khyentse Fellow, Associate Professor Suradech Chotiudompant, PhD,
Assistant Professor Nirada Chitrakara, PhD, Assistant Professor Namphueng Padamalangula, PhD,
Assistant Professor Siriporn Pakdeepasuk, PhD, Assistant Professor Chanwit Tudkeo, PhD,
Assistant Professor Arthid Sheravanichkul, PhD, and Sompornnuch Tansrisook, PhD.
Also present was Assistant Professor Pratoom Angurarohita, Director of the Center for Buddhist Studies,
Professor Shōryū Katsura is the author and editor of publications on various facets of classical Indian Buddhist thought.
He is best known for his work on Buddhist epistemology—the thought of Dignaga, Dharmakirti, and their commentators.
His contributions are also in the study of Madhyamaka, Abhidharma, and later Mahayana thought.
The BDK is an international organization which promotes the teaching of the Lord Buddha.
Its mission is to contribute improvement of welfare and world peace by promoting the Buddhist essences of compassion,
interconnectedness, culture and research.
The organization desires to provide a modern interpretation of the Buddha’s teaching and to create a more compassionate humanity through its global educational programs. http://www.bdk.or.jp