The main themes of my research can be broadly separated into three categories: the reception and development of Vinaya precepts in Japanese Buddhism, Buddhist śamatha-vipaśyanā “cessation and observation” meditation, and research related to Buddhist discourse and conversion through preaching. I want to engage in a wide range of fields from a cultural comparison perspective, from Buddhist studies to analysis of Buddhist thought, and so I focus on the eastern half of Asia, including India and Southeast Asia, through to China, Korea, and Taiwan. Recently I have been particularly interested in meditation and I am working to tease out the modern significance of such within the context of Buddhist studies.
|Ph.D., the University of Tokyo Graduate School|
|Research fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science|
|Researcher, the Nakamura Hajime Eastern Institute|
|Professor, Aichi Gakuin University|
|2011||Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo|
|2016||Concurrent Professor, Uehiro Project for the Asian Research Library|
Books & Articles
Southern Revival of Precepts in the Early Medieval Period (in Japanese). Hozokan, 1999 (2nd edition, 2012).
The Structure of Japanese Buddhist Doctrine (in Japanese). Daizo Shuppan, 2009.
Theories on Buddhist Meditation (in Japanese). Shunjusha, 2008.
History of Japanese Buddhism (in Japanese). Shunjusha, 2015.
Japanese Religions (translator) (in Japanese). Shunjusha, 2007.