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Sophia University 
Faculty of Liberal Arts 
Department of Liberal Arts 

Professor 
Robouam Thierry 

Birth:1959  
Tel.03-3238-4026  
Fax.03-3238-4076  
 

Research background
1977-1978 Research on Medicine, University of Paris (Paris VII)
1978-1980 Research in Psychology and Psychoanalysis, Paul-Valery University (Montpellier)
1980-1982 Religious studies and training, Society of Jesus, Novitiate
1982-1983 Ecole Nationale des Sous Officier du Service de Sante de l'armee de Terre (Orleans)
1982-1985 Research in Philosophy and Theology, Centre Sevres (Paris)
1985-1987 Research in Japanese Studies, Sophia University (Tokyo)
1987-1989 Research on Pedagogy and Education in Japanese schools (Fukuoka)
1989-1992 Research in Theology and Japanese religions, Sophia University (Tokyo)
1992-1995 Research in Theology, Biblical Studies and Asian religions, Sophia University (Tokyo)
1995-1996 Research on Shingon Buddhism, Shinno Temple and Koyasan University (Koyasan)
1996-2008 Research in Theology and Comparative Religions, Jesuit School of Theology (Berkeley)
2008-Present Japan Catholic Theological Association
2008-Present Japan Esoteric Association 

Academic background
Sophia University  Graduate School, Division of Theology  Systematic Theology  Master course  1995/03/31  Completed 

Academic degrees
B.A in Theology  Sophia University  1993/03/31 
M.A in Theology  Sophia University  1995/03/31 
Doctoratum in Sacra Theologia  Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley  2008/05/23 

Current state of research and teaching activities
My research interests are centered on interreligious spaces as a source of insights for thinking globalization. Globalization is fundamentally characterized by complementary hidden forces of subversion and creation. If internationalization was a kind of Venetian carnival where the wearing of masks created a baroque illusion of peace, prosperity, world order and unification, globalization is more like an intensive care unit (ICU) simultaneously exhibiting the diseases and searching for cures. The space of internationalization was "ideal" and other-world like, while the spaces of globalization are networks of intimate exchanges. The same way global economy is creating its crypto-spaces of intimacy, subverting existent modes of mediated public exchanges, the critique of religious institutions and their centralized systems of authority in the hands of a few self-appointed mediators, is unmasking the crypto-spaces of global religion. My research is trying to give a voice to those crypto-networks of religious intimacy by developing a methodology that favors the "ears of the mind." Globalization is not about leaders and mediators, but about trust and partnership. This is why, I am interested in how religious practices have developed some potential of the mind, especially the "ears of the mind" to prepare better students to globalization. Rather than focusing on "experience", I think education should focus on "inexperience" in general, and religious inexperience in particular. 

Research Areas
Religious studies 

Research keywords
music 
Shingon Buddhism 
Christianity 
Buddhism 
poetry 
Sri Lanka 
Shakyamuni 
Poetry 
rhythm 
Jesus 
Manyoshu 
Esoteric Buddhism 
Comparative Sacred Biographies 
Sacred Biographies 

Subject of research
Influence of Japanese Poetry (Manyoshu) on important Buddhist Masters of the Nara and early Heian Period.  2007-2008 
Christian Sacred Biographies  2008-2009 
Comparative studies on the sacred biographies of Shakyamuni-Buddha and Jesus-Christ  2009-2010 
Research on Japanese Esoteric Buddhism (Shingon Tradition)  2010-2011 
Research on contemporary Sri Lankan Buddhism.  2011-2012 
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Bibliography
"An introduction to the Daily Ritual of Shingon Devotees" in Buddha & Jesus  Edited by C. Veliath  Tulana Jubilee Publications  2015 
The Life-Long Spiritual Journey of an Apprentice Japanese Bonze: Awakening to a New Worldview by fulfilling the One-thousand Days Trekking Practice on Mt. Omine  R. Shionuman, Thierry Robouam translator. Kindle Edition  2014 
"Entrebailler la Prote d'un Temple"  Thierry Robouam  Passages d'encres, Soleil Levants  2014 
"A Catholic Priest Teaching Buddhism in Japan" in Many Tongues, One Spirit: Local Ecclesiologies in Dialogue.  Edited by T. Cattoi  Solstice Press  2013 
Esoteric Buddhism and the Tantras in East Asia. The Sea of Esotericism is of one flavor but has deep and shallow aspects: "Tantra" and new age movements (From Agonshu to Asahara Shoko)  ROBOUAM THIERRY, by Ronald M. Davidson [etc.], ed. by Charles D. Orzech [etc.]  Koninklijke Brill NV  2011/01 
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Papers
"Zen no Kokoro wo Michibiku Fugai" (How the Pure Heart is Framed by Non-violence)  Thierry Robouam  Jochidaigaku Kirisutokyo Bunka Kenkyusho Kiyo  Sophia University  2014 
Review of Michael Radish "How Ajatasatru Was Reformed: The Domestication of Ajase and Stories in Buddhist History  Thierry Robouam  Monumenta Nipponica  Sophia University  2013 
Silk Road Rhythms and Religious Geographies: Loci for a Study of Religion  ROBOUAM THIERRY  THE JAPAN MISSION JOURNAL  Oriens Institute for Religious Research  2011/10 
Review of Elizabeth J. Harris "Buddhism for a Violent World: A Christian Reflection"  Thierry Robouam  Dialogue  2010 
Un je ne sais quoi gone with the Wind:Philosophical Anthropology  ROBOUAM THIERRY  Sophia International Review  Sophia University Faculty of Liberal Arts  2010/01 
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Research presentations
"Aida to iu Kyodotai no Basho" ("In-between" as Communal Territory).  Symposium on "Shukyo no Chikara to Atarashi Kizuna: Shukyo to Shukyogaku no kanosei wo Tou"  2015/10/10 
"Aratana Shukyokan wo Motarasu, supirichuaru kea: Sozo to Moso no bunbetsu" (Spiritual Care as a New Approach to Religion: Discerning Between Imagination and Delusion).  Seventh Japanese Spiritual Care Association Conference  2014/09/06 
Response to Okawa Eiji "Koyasan Monasteries in the Late 16th and 17th Centuries."  The Eighteenth Asian Studies Conference  2014/07/15 
"Global Challenges to the Maintenance of Peace and Harmony in Society"  Sri Lanka Association of Buddhist Studies (SLABS), 5th International Conference  2013/09/06 
From Peace Studies to the Study of Non-Violence  Symposium on Religion and Peace.  2013/08/26 
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Others
«Le Bouddhisme et le Shintoïsme dans le Japon d’aujourd’hui» En tant que français, nous sommes frappés en arrivant au Japon par la différence, si ce n’est le choc culturel. Même après de nombreuses années dans l’Archipel, il est fréquent d’être encore surpris par l’attitude de nos amis japonais, ce que les évènements dramatiques du 11 mars nous ont à nouveau démontré. Bien entendu, beaucoup d’éléments entrent en jeu dans l’identité et la culture japonaise : l’histoire, la géographie, le climat, mais aussi les traditions philosophiques et religieuses, comme le confucianisme, le bouddhisme et le shintoïsme. Sur 127 millions de japonais, on a coutume de dire qu’il y a 80 millions de bouddhistes et 80 millions de shintoïstes. La plupart des japonais pratiquent donc les deux religions ou « naissent shintoïstes et meurent bouddhistes ». 2011 
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Teaching achievements
Taimei Elementary School Teaching Project  2004/04/01-Present 
Globilization and the need for innovative pedagogies  2003/04/01-Present 
Active Education: Encounter with China  2003/04/01-Present 
The role of theatre for confidence building and improving group work activities  2002/10/01-Present 
Helping The Bancho Elementary School to open to an International Tokyo  2002/10/01-Present 
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Textbooks and teaching materials
Interreligious Dialogue and Kukai's Cosmic Vision  2005/03/01 
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Memberships of academic societies
Japanese Theological Association  2000/04/01-Present 
Nippon Mikkyo Gakkai  1995/04/01-Present 
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