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Dr. Duncan Ryuken Williams

Wrong Dr. Duncan Ryuken Williams?


USC Dornsife School of Religion

Employment History

  • Chair
    University of California , Berkeley
  • Lifeguard
    University of California , Berkeley
  • Associate Professor of East Asian Languages
    University of California , Berkeley
  • Chair
    Center for Japanese Studies
  • Director
    USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture


  • B.A. , Religious Studies
    Reed College
  • Ph.D. , Religion
    Harvard University
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Rev. Dr. Duncan Williams, ..., 2 June 2015 [cached]
Rev. Dr. Duncan Williams, Soto Zen priest and chairman of the USC School of Religion.
Interview with Dr. Duncan Williams | Shinnyo-en Foundation, 18 June 2009 [cached]
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Interview with Dr. Duncan Williams
Dr. Duncan Williams
Dr. Duncan Williams, Chair of the Center for Japanese Studies, UC Berkeley
Duncan Williams, Associate Professor of Japanese Buddhism, received his B.A. in Religious Studies at Reed College (1991), his M.T.S. at Harvard Divinity School (1993), and Ph.D. in Religion at Harvard University (2000). He works primarily on Japanese Buddhist history, Buddhism and environmentalism, and American Buddhism. He is the author of The Other Side of Zen: A Social History of Soto Zen Buddhism in Tokugawa Japan (Princeton, 2005), translator of four Japanese books, and editor of three volumes including American Buddhism (Curzon, 1999) and Buddhism and Ecology (Harvard, 1997). He is currently completing a manuscript entitled Camp Dharma: Japanese-American Buddhism and the World War Two Incarceration Experience (forthcoming, UC Press) and an edited volume, Issei Buddhism in the Americas: The Pioneers of the Japanese-American Buddhist Diaspora. His next project focuses on Buddhism and bathing practices in Japan through the themes of healing and purification.
Dr. Williams: I have been at Berkeley for three years.
Dr. Williams: Our mission is to deepen the understanding of Japan.
Dr. Williams: The Center and the Shinnyo-en Foundation have some basic, shared values.
Dr. Williams: In November, a group of professors from UC Berkeley, including our Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, assembled in Tokyo for a signing ceremony with the Shinnyo-en Foundation.
Dr. Williams: My own personal path to peace is to be a bridge between Japan and the western world.
Duncan Williams, a UC ..., 16 Mar 2011 [cached]
Duncan Williams, a UC Berkeley associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures, was on his way to the Narita International Airport in Tokyo when a devastating earthquake shook Japan. Read more on The Daily Californian
Shinnyo-en and the University of Southern California Announce a New Partnership for Education and Global Understanding - Shinnyo, 15 Mar 2014 [cached]
rofessor Duncan Ryuken Williams, chair of the USC Dornsife School of Religion and director of the new USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture said, "With the support of Shinnyo-en, we will continue to deepen the understanding between the peoples of Japan and America by promoting study of Japan, study in Japan, and study with Japan.
"This historic gift to the USC ..., 21 June 2012 [cached]
"This historic gift to the USC School of Religion highlights the department's commitment to study the enduring questions of human life and values from a global perspective," said Duncan Williams, the chair of the USC School of Religion.
Williams is one of few ordained Buddhist priests to chair a religious studies department in the United States. He previously served as the Buddhist chaplain at Harvard University and held the Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair of Japanese Buddhism at the University of California, Berkeley.
"The USC School of Religion is creating a distinctive program embodying a new Asia Pacific/West Coast style of religious studies," Williams said. "We aim for a multi-faith and global religious studies program that takes advantage of our place and moment as we position ourselves to be the intellectual hub for the Asia Pacific century."
"This gift will help distinguish the USC School of Religion by emphasizing strengths in areas that don't have a history in divinity schools," Williams said.
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