Kanae Kawamoto

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Kanae Kawamoto
Kyoto University
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Job title
Affiliate Researcher
Dr. (September, 2017)


Kanae Kawamoto (Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies) is an affiliate researcher at Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University. She was trained in Myanmar and Thailand in the total six years for understanding traditional Theravada Buddhist teaching and practice. Eventually her academic approach enables both textual and field studies with an integrated view on theoretical and practical interest. She works on the themes of meditation practice, culture and ethical issues such as suicide and euthanasia, which are seen in Theravada Buddhist traditions.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2019
Lecturer, Ryukoku University
Apr 2019
Lecturer, Ritsumeikan University
Apr 2018
Affiliated Researcher, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
Apr 2015
Tutor Leader, Writing Support Center, Ryukoku University
Oct 2016
Apr 2017
Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute for the Science of Religion, University of Bern, Young Researchers Exchange Programme between Japan and Switzerland
Apr 2015
Mar 2017
Research Fellow (DC2), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


Apr 2014
Mar 2017
Doctoral Course, Buddhist Studies, Ryukoku University
Jun 2011
May 2014
Buddhist Studies, International Master's Programme, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University (Thailand)
Jun 2008
May 2011
Buddha Dhamma Course, International Theravada Buddhist Missionary University (Myanmar)
Oct 2009
Jan 2010
Level 1, Abhidhamma in English, International Institute of Abhidhammā, Myanmar

Committee Memberships

Oct 2018
Japan Association of Religion and Ethics  Committee member

Awards & Honors

Global Connection Award (USA), Meet The Composer

Published Papers

Kanae Kawamoto
Religion and Ethics   18 26-38   Dec 2018   [Refereed]
Kanae Kawamoto
Contemporary Buddhism   18(Issue 2) 346-363   Sep 2017   [Refereed]
The folklore of Nak (Naak) or ‘Mae Nak Phrakhanong’ (Mother Nak of Phrakhanong
District) permeates Thailand as the most popular story of a ghostly haunting.
The story, originating in the nineteenth century, has been made into a plethora
of version...
Kanae Kawamoto
Bukkyogaku Kenkyu   73 79-110   Mar 2017   [Refereed]
In the context of ethical issues such as euthanasia and death with dignity which are steadily increasing in importance in the context of modern Buddhist studies, especially in the West, there has been considerable discussion about moral views on s...
Novelizations of Nagamasa Yamada in Japan after the 1980s: His Life and Dream over the Maritime Silk Road
Kanae Kawamoto
Volume of International Symposium on Mazu Culture   145-155   Nov 2015
Kanae Kawamoto
Prajna Vihara   15(1) 1-19   Jan 2014   [Refereed]
Pragmatic Benefits and Concentration through Ānāpānasati Meditation
Kanae Kawamoto
Volume of The 2nd IABU (International Association of Buddhist Universities) Conference.   98-103   Jun 2012   [Refereed]
Kanae Kawamoto
Volume of Lay Buddhism in the Modern World, The 6th International Lay Buddhist Forum   124-130   Nov 2012   [Refereed]
Kanae Kawamoto
Buddhist Virtue in Socio-Economic Development, The 8th International Buddhist Conference on the United Nations   589-599   May 2011   [Refereed]
Kanae Kawamoto
Buddhismo Theravada Hispano      2011


Okada, Takumi
The Asahi Shimbun      Jan 2019
Including my interview.
English translation here:
Kanae Kawamoto
Web Samgha      Nov 2018
Online serial articles
Raymond Lam
Buddhistdoor Global      Nov 2017
The interview article with me by Raymond Lam
Report on the 18th IABS Congress
Kanae Kawamoto
News Letter of Japan Society for Southeast Asian Studies   (107) 32-33   Nov 2017
Yohei Shimizu
SEALG (Southeast Asian Library Group) Newsletter    (45) 29-39   Dec 2013
English translation of Yohei Shimizu's article

Books etc

Samgha Japan Voi. 32 "Body and Meditation"
Kanae Kawamoto (Part:Contributor, Embodying the Messiness of samsara: Towards Queer Buddhist ‘Liberation Theology')
Samgha   Apr 2019   
K. N. Jayattileke's Article Collection vol. 1
K. N. Jayattileke (Part:Single Translation)
Samgha Press   Nov 2018   ISBN:4865641378
死と輪廻―仏教から死を見つめ直す― (別冊サンガジャパンVol.4)
Samgha   Apr 2018   ISBN:486564122X
Buddhism in Contemporary World 1 Popular Figures in Thailand and Myanmar
Sangha   Feb 2015   ISBN:4905425719

Conference Activities & Talks

Experiences and Religious Effects of the Japanese who Practice Burmese Pa-Auk Buddhist Meditation
Kanae Kawamoto
Japanese Association for Religious Studies, the 78th Annual Conference   14 Sep 2019   
Kanae Kawamoto
International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) 11   17 Jul 2019   International Institute for Asian Studies
Kanae Kawamoto
IPCR : Annual Report Meeting 2017   15 Feb 2019   Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
Justin Stein, Kanae Kawamoto, Tim Graf
American Academy of Religion (AAR)   19 Nov 2018   
Religion and Hospice Care: Case Studies Focusing on Buddhism [Invited]
Zhang Kai, Kanae Kawamoto
Buddhist Approaches to Hospice Care and Life Education   3 Nov 2018   
Kanae Kawamoto
The 19th Conference of Japan Association of Religion and Ethicis (JARE)   6 Oct 2018   
Moral Views on Killing and Suicide as found in the Pāli Buddhist Texts
Kanae Kawamoto
The 77th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association for Religious Studies (JARS)   9 Sep 2018   
Kanae Kawamoto
IPCR : Annual Report Meeting 2017   15 Feb 2018   
Kanae Kawamoto
Visual Documentary Project (VDP) 2017   7 Dec 2017   Center for Southeast Asian Studies & The Japan Foundation Asia Center
Kanae Kawamoto
The 18th Conference of Japan Association of Religious Ethics   7 Oct 2017   
Kanae Kawamoto
XVIIIth Congress of the IABS, University of Toronto   25 Aug 2017   
小児往生をめぐる子との死別と自己の救済 (Separation from One's Child and Self-salvation concerning Shoni Ojo) [Invited]
Kanae Kawamoto
Workshop by Research Institute of Buddhist Culture (RIBC)   22 Feb 2017   
Dialogues regarding Monastic Suicides: The Acceptance and Observation of Death in the Pāli Sutta
Kanae Kawamoto
Colloquium, The Institute for the Science of Religion, The University of Bern   1 Dec 2016   
Kanae Kawamoto
The 75th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association for Religious Studies (JARS)   11 Sep 2016   
Women’s Participation in Multi-cultural Society of Malaysia
Nurul Izzah, Elizabeth Wong, Maria Reinarut Carlos, Akira Matsunaga, Kanae Kawamoto
Seminar co-organized by Ryukoku University and The Sasakawa Peace Foundation   21 Apr 2016   
Case Examination of the Writing Support in Ryukoku University: Remarks on the Supporting Environment and Training System of Tutors
Shido Kobayashi, Kanae Kawamoto, Kumiko Kamei
The 8th Symposium of Writing Centers Association of Japan   5 Mar 2016   
Buddhist Views on Suicide and Euthanasia in Buddhism: beyond the Ambiguity of Karma
Kanae Kawamoto
The 27th Annual Conference of Japan Association for Bio Ethics   28 Nov 2015   
Salvation of the Untimely Dead and the Bereaved from a Perspective of Shōni Ōjō (the Possibility of Children Attaining Birth in the Pure Land
Kanae Kawamoto
The 74th Annual Conference of the Japanese Association for Religious Studies (JARS)   5 Sep 2015   
The Significance and Practical Benefits of the Concentration through Samatha Meditation
Kanae Kawamoto
Mindfulness & Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice, San Francisco State University   5 Jun 2015   
The Significance and Practical Benefits of the Concentration through Ānāpānasati Meditation
Kanae Kawamoto
The 29th Annual Conference of Society for the Study of Pali and Buddhist Culture   30 May 2015   
Kanae Kawamoto
The Research Seminar of the Guna Chakra Research Center, Assumption University, Thailand   29 Jan 2014   
Kanae Kawamoto
The 6th International Lay Buddhist Forum, Malaga University, Spain   1 Nov 2012   
Kanae Kawamoto
The 8th International Buddhist Conference on the United Nations Day of Vesak Cerebrations   13 May 2011   

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

Pa-Auk Buddhist Meditation Practice of Burmse Buddhist Tradition
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists
Project Year: Apr 2019 - Mar 2022    Investigator(s): Kanae Kawamoto
Buddhist Approach to Modern Suicide Issues: Focusing on the Documentary The Departure
The Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation: Research Grant for 2018
Project Year: Oct 2018 - Sep 2019    Investigator(s): Kanae Kawamoto
Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University: IPCR (International Program of Collaborative Research) - CSEAS
Project Year: Jun 2018 - Mar 2019    Investigator(s): Kanae Kawamoto
BARC Research Center for Buddhist Culture in Asia: Research Grants
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2019    Investigator(s): Kanae Kawamoto
Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University: IPCR (International Program of Collaborative Research) Program
Project Year: Jun 2017 - Mar 2018    Investigator(s): Kanae Kawamoto
The JSPS & Swiss government: Young Researchers Exchange between Switzerland and Japan with JSPS
Project Year: Oct 2016 - Apr 2017    Investigator(s): Kanae Kawamoto
Investigation of Premature Mortality from a Buddhist Perspective
KAKEN: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2015 - Mar 2017    Investigator(s): Kanae Kawamoto

Social Contribution

Parami Friends
[Organizing Member, Others]  Parami Friends  Translator for Burmese instructors on their meditation retreats in Japan  2014 - Today
Ryukoku University Community College (REC)
[Lecturer]  Ryukoku University Community College  Buddhism in the World seen in Cinema  14 May 2019 - 9 Jul 2019
SOTTO: The Kyoto Suicide and Self-death Consultation Center
[Others]  Apr 2014 - Mar 2016
A volunteer


Mar 2019   Ven. Ittetsu Nemoto's talk 'Japan's Buddhist Monks Taclking Suicide Prevention: Mutual Assitance for Searching the Meaning of Life
Jun 2018   Embodying the Messiness of samsara: Towards Queer Buddhist ‘Liberation Theology’
Date: 2018. 6. 20 (Wed) 16:45-18:15
Venue: Omiya Campus, Ryukoku University, Kyoto.
Speaker: Dr. Bee Scherer, Professor, Canterbury Christ Church University
Director of INCISE(International Center for Inclusion and Social Justice)

Moderator: Eisho Nasu
Translator: Kanae Kawamoto
Jul 2017   Transboundary Japanese Female Buddhists
Translator: Kanae Kawamoto

The workshop organized by BARC (The Research Center for Buddhist Culture in Asia), Ryukoku University