Associate Professor of East Asian Religions
Departments of Religious Studies and Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Oregon
“Boundless Compassion: Buddhism and the Webs of Interdependence”
FRIDAY, APRIL 20 • 3:15a
Mark Unno’s interests lie in Medieval Japanese Buddhism, specifically in the relation between intellectual history and social practices. He also researches and has published in the areas of modern Japanese religious thought, comparative religion, and Buddhism and psychotherpay.
Unno is author of many articles and book chapters in English and Japanese, including “Buddhist-Christian Dialogue: Mystery of the Naked Heart” (forthcoming); “Modern Pure Land Philosophers: Kiyozawa Manshi and Soga Ryōjin” (Oxford Univ. Press, 2017); “Oneness and Narrativity” (Columbia Univ. Press, 2017); “Buddhism and the Calling of No-Calling” (Eerdmans, 2016); “Inverse Correlation: Comparative Philosophy in an Upside Down World” (European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 2016); “Nembutsu Journey and Narrativity: The Structure of Non-Structure in the Primal Vow” (Ryukoku University Open Research Center Annual Review, 2016); “The Great Hesitation and the Great Liberation: The Long and Short of Karmic R/Evolution.” (Dharma World, 2012); “The Mantra of Light in Japanese History” (Brill, 2011); “The Elusive Middle: Between Romanticism and Condemnation in the Buddhist Imaginary” (AAS Pubs., 2010); “Blindness and Insight: The Vow of a Teacher” (Humanity & Religion in an Age of Science); “Comparative Theology with a Difference: A Shin Buddhist View in Pedagogical Perspective” (Wipf & Stock, 2009); “Buddhism, Christianity, and Physics: An Epistemological Turn” (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008); and “The Body of Time and the Discourse of Precepts” (Routledge/Curzon, 2005).
He is editor or co-editor of three volumes, including Kokoro no yamai to shūkyōsei (Psychopathology and the Religious Factor) (Hozokan, 2008); and Buddhism and Psychotherapy Across Cultures (Wisdom Pubs., 2006). Unno is the author of Shingon Refractions: Myōe and the Mantra of Light (Wisdom Pubs., 2004), a study and translation of the medieval Japanese ritual practice of the Mantra of Light. He acted as lead liaison for the University of Oregon’s Dalai Lama Project (2015), and is a member of the Association for Asian Studies, American Academy of Religion, Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy, and International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies. Unno also serves on the executive board of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies.