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Cleveland Humanities Festival

Archived research guides for Cleveland Humanities Festival


This guide was prepared for the presentation by Professor Mark Blum entitled "Buddhism and the Natural World: Discerning an Environmental Imperative." The event will be on Monday March 25, 2019 5:00 pm-6:00 pm at Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom A.


Mark Blum profile imageDr. Mark Blum is Professor and Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair in Japanese Studies of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures in the University of California, Berkeley.

He received his M.A. in Japanese Literature from UCLA and his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies in 1990 from the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in Pure Land Buddhism throughout East Asia, with a focus on the Japanese medieval period. He also works in the area of Japanese Buddhist responses to modernism, Buddhist conceptions of death in China and Japan, historical consciousness in Buddhist thought, and the impact of the Nirvana Sutra in East Asian Buddhism.

He is the author of The Origins and Development of Pure Land Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2002), and co-editor of Rennyo and the Roots of Modern Japanese Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Cultivating Spirituality (State University of New York Press, 2011), and his translation from Chinese of The Nirvana Sutra: Volume 1 (Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai America, 2013). 

Selected Books by Professor Mark Blum

Talks by Professor Mark Blum