Japanese Civilization Institute

Japanese Civilization Institute 2017 8th Symposium

Zen and Mindfulness

Zen spread itself to the world after Daisetsu Suzuki’s English book “Zen and Japanese Culture” came out before WWII. Entering the 21st Century today, we see “mindfulness” quickly spreading amongst people at Silicon Valley. It’s bee incorporated in new employee orientation programs at famous companies including Google. We would like to capture mindfulness in the context of commonness and look into its disparity to contemplate what zen means for Japanese Civilization.
For the occasion, we would like to hold a panel discussion with Mr. Issho Fujita, director of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center who is acquainted with both zen and mindfulness and who has taught zen for 17 years in the U.S. We would also like to invite Ms. Kimiko Bokura-Shafe, founder of MiLI (Mindful Leadership Institute), who introduced the employee orientation program based on neuroscience and mindfulness developed by Google’s main office to Japanese companies.

Symposium Speaker

Issho Fujita (A monk of Soto Zen Buddhism and international missionary. 2nd director of the Soto Zen Buddhism International Center.)

Kimiko Bokura-Shafe (Founder and chairman of MiLI (Mindful Leadership Institute).)

Date: 26th May, 2017
7 p.m.-9 p.m.(doors scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m.)
Venue: Japan University of Economics, Tokyo Shibuya Campus Hall
(the hall seats apporoximately 100 people)


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