Kyoto University, Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS/Shishukan)

A Seminar in Applied Buddhist Philosophy

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The Mindful Living Research Group, as part of the Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability (GSAIS, Shishukan), Kyoto University, is a graduate and post-graduate seminar focusing on “mindful living,” in search for the “good life” in the 21st century. Originally a Buddhist concept, the core life-skill of “mindfulness” has become an essential notion at the crossroads of East and West, mind and body, classical humanities and cognitive sciences, philosophy and medicine, research and application. Approaching mindfulness according to the model of the “threefold wisdom” (study, reflection, and practice), we offer a structured program in Buddhist philosophy (based upon its classical texts and languages), which linked to other major fields (psychology, education, informatics, etc.) through skillful interdisciplinary study, can potentially become applied in the “life-world.” We welcome graduate or post-graduate research projects, and we organize regular research meetings, reading group, mindfulness practice, interdisciplinary workshops, cultural activities, collaborating together on academic publications and social applications.

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Past Special Events and Lectures

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Requirements for Application

We can accept in our Research Group one to three new graduate students every year. See the admission information of our Graduate School. We welcome also post-doctoral research projects. In both graduate and post-graduate cases, we select projects in what we define here as applied Buddhist philosophy, aligned with our essential intent and objectives. Applicants are thus encouraged to write their research proposal after having studied carefully the information and references provided on this website.

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The Research Group’s members, especially graduate students in their 5th year, intend to offer interventions as part of their project-based research (PBR). Furthermore, depending on special requests, the essential educational content, researched and developed in our Research Group, can be transmitted in 3-hour, 1-day, or 3-day format, generally in Kyoto University, and conducted in either English or Japanese language.

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