K.K. タナカ

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K.K. タナカ
Musashino University
Faculty of Economics Liberal Arts Education

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

May 1973
Feb 1974
Sep 1978
May 1981
Research Assistant
May 1984
Sep 1987
Sep 1987
Aug 1991
Associate Professor
Sep 1991
Aug 1995
Associate Professor


Apr 1975
Mar 1978
Graduate School, Division of Humanities, The University of Tokyo
Apr 1978
Aug 1978
Graduate School, Division of Humanities, The University of Tokyo

Committee Memberships

Aug 2005
International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies  President
Dec 2011
Japanese Association for the Study of Buddhism and Psychology  President

Awards & Honors

Rev.Kono Memorial Scholarship
Sunao Kikunaga Scholarship
Mebelle McLeod Lewis Memorial Fund

Published Papers

Development and Practice of Adhimukti in Tathagatagarbha Thought and Shinjin in Shinran Thought
Journal of the Association of Japanese Buddhism   2014(79-2) 161-184   Aug 2014   [Invited]
Adoption of Rational Therapy in University Buddhist Education
Journal for the Study of Buddhist Education   2015年(6) 43-51   Aug 2015   [Invited]


Simultaneous Relation (Sahabhu-hetu):A Study in Buddhist Theory of Causation
The Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies   Vol.8(NO.1(1985)) 91-111   Jun 1985
Encyclopedia of Religion   497-498   Apr 1986
Where is the Pure Land? Controversy in Chinese Buddhism onthe Nature of the Pure Land
The Pacific World   36-45   Oct 1987
Bibliography of English Language Works on Pure Land Buddhism:Primarily 1983-1989
The Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies   85-99   Oct 1989
Ethics in American Jodo-Shinshu: Trans-Ethical Responsibility
The Pure Land:International Association of shin Buddhist Studies   91-116   Dec 1989

Books etc

The Dawn of Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine: Ching-ying Hui-yuan's Commentary to the Visualization Sutra
Jul 1990   
An Introduction to Jodo- Shinshu Buddhism in America
WisdomOcean Publications, Berkeley   Jun 1997   
American Buddhism: Buddhism is Changing, America is Changing
Musashino University Press   May 2010   ISBN:978-4-903281-15-5
Since the middle of 1970s, Buddhists have grown 17 fold and now constitute 1.1% of the U.S. population. A survey has revealed that 10% of Americans have been strongly influenced by Buddhism with regard to matters of religion or spirituality.
Religion of Awakening: Buddhism that America Encountered, Contemporary Buddhism Today
Dec 2012   ISBN:978-4-905425-28-1
It focuses on the contemporary nature of American Buddhism, as opposed to the Buddhism of Asia rooted in ancient and medieval history. The book takes up meditation and the focus on the "now" that have attracted Americans.
Introducing Buddhism, an American Style of Changing the Mind
Shunjusha   Dec 2016   
This is half of the script from a year-long TV program that aired on a cable television network on 52 Sundays during the year 2006. After introducing a bit of the development of Buddhism in America, the book introduces the teachings of the Four Ma...

Conference Activities & Talks

Shinran's Conception of the Name as Amida Itself:A Soteriological Paradigm in Pure Land Buddhism
Conference of the International Association of Buddhist Studies,   1 Oct 1995   


Crossing Boundaries through Buddhism: Parent Kenneth Tanaka on his recent books and TV series exploring Buddhism's global spread
The Others   Mar 2007
It is an article in which I inform the students, faculty and alums of the American School in Japan of my mission to bridge the cultural, national, religious and national boundaries.
We're All Together on the Alluvial Plain: Anecdotal Accounts of the Necessity for, and Challenges to, Interreligious Dialogue,
The Others   Oct 2006