The prince finds enlightenment under the bodhi tree and becomes the Buddha (from painting by Nosu, Japan). Wood carving by Harry Koizumi. Photo by Paride Stortini, used with permission of the Buddhist Temple of Chicago

A new exhibit at The Regenstein Library, entitled "Buddha, Jesus, and the Japanese American Community in Chicago: Wood Carvings by Harry Koizumi" is now available. The exhibit was curated by Paride Stortini, PhD Candidate, History of Religions, the University of Chicago. Paride's research focuses on how Japanese Buddhist priests and scholars in late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries developed new forms of knowledge about the Indian origins of Buddhism through contact with Western scholarship and direct travel to South Asia, and how they used this knowledge to redefine a place for Buddhism in modern Japan, responding to threats of persecution and demise of it.