Events & Courses

Scientific Studies

The core matter of the „House of Apprentices for Thinking Religion“ is thinking the oneness of religion along the ways of the difference of cultures. This endeavor would neither like to compare cultures nor to mix them together.

Instead, it takes as its aim the contemplation of the One as it reveals itself specifically in each culture without deserving, or being conducive to comparison.

The efforts of this house should therefore not be subsumed under the idea of „comparative studies.“ As a consequence, this „House of Apprentices“ promotes attentive listening and concerned conversation between the cultures and thereby comes close to the main purpose of the EKŌ Centre.

Please pose questions regarding the general framework, forthcoming lectures and gatherings to the person in duty:
Dr. habil. Hermann–Josef Röllicke ☎ 0211–577918–214, ✉ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Buddhist Events

  • Hōonkō Seminar

    Hōonkō Seminar


    Fri-Sun, 26-28 Nov 2021|Starting Fri, 26 Nov, 2:00 pmOnline
    Rev. Dr. David MATSUMOTO 松本デービッド先生 (President, Institute of Buddhist Studies)

    “The Narrative Structure of Tannishō: Portrayals of Other Power and self-power in Shin buddhist Life”

    Participation is free. Please register by email to

    Tannishō is one of the most polular texts in the Jōdo Shinshū tradition. Written by Yuien, a follower of Shinran Shōnin, the bold and offen channging words of this "raor-edged scripture" have intrigued nembutsu practicers throughout the years. The text is, moreover, a captivating work literatur, the impact of which has been felt far beyond the boundaries of Shin Buddhism.

    Most studies of Tannishō focus on its dramatic doctrinal declarations, such as, "Even a good person attains birth in the Pure Land, so it goes without saying that an evil person will" or "Hell is decidedly my home." In this seminar we will emphasize the narrative strcture of Tannishō, which is formed by Yuien's recors of messages, exchanges and stories involving Shinran and his followers. We will consider how that structure offers stories or portrayals of the multiple levels at which the mind of Other Power and the mind of self-power operate within the thoughts, actions, and lives of Shin Buddhists.

Academic Programmes

  • Scientific Studies - BDK-Grant


    The BDK Grant is meant for candidates below the age of 40 who are plannig to enroll for a scientific buddhological research programme at a Japanese university or some different institution in Japan in preparing their dissertation projects. Applications from interested parties of Japanese nationality will not be allowed for.

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