SENGAKU MAYEDA (b. 1931)

 

Education:

1951-1953: College of General Education, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

1953-1955: Dept. of Indian Philosophy and Buddhist Studies, Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo

1955: Bachelor of Arts (University of Tokyo)

1955-1957: Dept. of Indian Philosophy, Division of Humanities, Graduate School (Master Course), University of Tokyo

1957: Master of Arts (University of Tokyo)

1957-1962: Dept. of Indian Philosophy, Division of Humanities, Graduate School (Doctor Course), University of Tokyo

1958-1961: Dept. of Oriental Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

1961: Doctor of Philosophy (University of Pennsylvania)

1973: Doctor of Literature (University of Tokyo)

 

Main Positions Held:

1961-1962: Instructor in Indian Philosophy and Harrison Research Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

1962-1963: Faculty Research Fellow of the American Institute of Indian Studies (associated with Prof. T.M.P. Mahadevan at the University of Madras, India)

1963-1964: Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, West Germany (associated with Prof. Paul Hacker at the University of Munster, West Germany)

1964-1968: Assistant Professor of Indian Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

1968-1973: Director of the Research Division, Suzuki Research Foundation, Tokyo, Japan

1973-1982: Associate Professor of Indian Philosophy, University of Tokyo

1982-1991: Professor of Indian Philosophy, University of Tokyo

1983-Present: Director of the Indo-Japanese Association

1991-2001: Professor of Indian Philosophy, Musashino Women's University

1991-1995: President of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies

1994-1998: Vice-President of the Musashino Women's University

1998-2002: President of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies

1999-2001: Chairman, Graduate School of Human and Cultural Studies, Musashino Women's University

2000-Present: Executive Director of the Eastern Institute, Inc.

2000-Present: Chairperson of the Japan-India Academic Exchange in Humanities and Social Sciences 

2001-Present: President of the Ashikaga Gakko, Ashikaga

       

Special Fields of Interest:  

Indian Philosophy, esp. Vedanta Philosophy.

 

Honour Awards, Professional Elections:

1972: Award of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies

1982: Academic Achievement Award of the Embassy of India and the Eastern Institute

1988: Japan Academy Award

1992: Excellent Book Award of the Tokyu Kagami Foundation

1991: Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo

1991-1995: President of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies

1998-2002: President of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies

2000: Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China

2001: Professor Emeritus, Musashino Women's University

2002: The Third Order of Merit with the Middle Cordon of the Rising Sun

                                           

Chief Publications in English:

A. Books

Shankara's Upadeshasahasri, Critically edited with Introduction and Indices. Tokyo: Hokuseido Press, 1973.

A Thousand Teachings: The Upadeshasahasri of Shankara, Translated with Introduction and Notes. Tokyo: The University of Tokyo Press, 1979.

A Thousand Teachings: Upadeshasahasri of Shankara, Translated and Edited by Sengaku Mayeda and Foreword by John M. Koller. New York: State University of New York Press, 1992.

The Way to Liberation: Indological Studies in Japan, Edited by Sengaku Mayeda in collaboration with Y. Matsunami, M. Tokunaga and H. Maruil. New Delhi: Manohar, 2000

  

B. Articles

"The Authenticity of the Bhagavadgitabhasya Ascribed to Shankara, " Wiener Zeitschrift fur die Kunde Sud- und Ostasiens, Bd. IX, 1965.

"On Shankara's Authorship of the Kenopanishadbhasya," Indo-Iranian Journal, X, 1967.

"On the Author of the Mandukyopanishad- and the Gaudapadiya-Bhasya," The Adyar Library Bulletin, Vols. 31/32, 1968.

"The Advaita Theory of Perception, " Wiener Zeitschrift fur die Kunde Sud- und Ostasiens, Bd. XII-XIII, 1968.

"Shankaracarya's Teaching on the Means to Moksa: Jnana and Karman," Journal of Oriental Research,  Vol. XXXIX-XXXV, 1973.

"On the Cosmological View of Shankara," The Adyar Library Bulletin, Vol. 39, 1975.

"Shankara's View of Ethics, " Philosophy East and West: Essays in Honour of Dr. T. M.P. Mahadevan.  Bombay: Blackie and Son, 1976.

"Shankara and Suresvara: Their Exegetical Method to Interpret the Great Sentence 'Tat Tvam Asi', " Dr. K.K.Raja Felicitation Volume, The Adyar Library Bulletin, Vols. 44-45, 1981-1982.

"Shankara and Narayana Guru" The Adyar Library Bulletin, Golden Jubilee Volume, 1986; Interpreting Across Boundaries: New Essays in Comparative Philosophy, Ed., by G.J. Larson  and E. "Shankara's Exegetical Method: Anvaya and Vyatireka," Modern Researches in Sanskrit: Dr. Veeramani Prasad Upadhyaya Felicitation Volume. Patna: Indira Prakashan, 1987.

"Murty and Advaita Vedanta," The Philosophy of K. Satchidananda Murty, Ed. by S. Bhattacharyya and A. Vohra. New Delhi: Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 1995; Towards Understanding Each Other: Fifty Years' History of India-Japan Mutual Studies, Ed. by Chie    Nakane and Masao Naito. Committee for Japan-India Academic Exchange, 2000.

"India Studies in Japan: Retrospect and Prospect," The Perennial Tree: Selected Papers of the International Symposium on India Studies, ed. by K. Satchidananda Murty and Amit Dasgupta. New Delhi:  Indian Council for Cultural Relations, 1996.

"Tradition and Modernity: Shankara and Narayana Guru with Special Reference to the  Problem of Caste," Tradition and Modernity: India and Japan towards the Twenty-first Century, ed. by Hiroichi Yamaguchi and Haruka Yanagisawa. Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 1997.

"What Lies at the Basis of Indian Philosophy," India and Beyond: Essays in Honour of Frits Staal, ed. by Dick van der Meij, Kegan Paul International in association with International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden and Amsterdam, 1997; The Way to Liberation: Indological Studies in Japan, Ed. by

Sengaku Mayeda in collaboration with Y. Matsunami, M. Tokunaga and H. Marui. New Delhi: Manohar, 2000.

"Lafcadio Hearn and Buddhism," Bauddhavidyasudhakarah: Studies in Honour of Heinz Bechert on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday, ed. by Petra Kieffer-Pulz and Jens-Uwe Hartman, Swaisttal-Odendorf, l997.

"S. Radhakrishnan and Japan," Human Studies 2, 1997.

       

My Conception of FISP:

As President of the Japanese Association of Indian and Buddhist Studies I have been making efforts not only to advance studies in Indian and Buddhist philosophy in Japan but also to promote academic and cultural exchange among Japan and foreign countries, especially India and Korea, for the last eight years. Making use of these experiences, I would like to make possible contributions to the development of the FISP.

        

Proposed by:

Japan National Committee for Philosophy, The Science Council of Japan

 

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