Saturday, December 22, 2007

Sophia News 20071222

Polish Countryside

Polish Countryside: This photo was taken in Poland from a train running from Warsaw to Krakow, in mid-September, 2007.

A few days ago, the incumbent President, Prof. Ishizawa, was re-relected as President of Sophia University for another term. Professor Ishizawa is a leading scholar in matters related to Cambodia, and he has excavated rare Buddhist statues over there. Recently he authored the book "Angkor Buddhist Treasures from Banteay Kdei", containing many photos of Buddha statues rarely seen before. The book is in English and contains the article "The History of the Angkor Buddhas". The book (96 pp., PB)is published by NHK Publishing (Nov 5, 2007), but has no ISBN!

On December 20th, Prof. Kasuya, a Jesuit Priest and Professor of Law, passed away after a brief illness. He was 68 years old, and was still listed as teaching. He was an influential figure within Sophia for 20 years or so, until he left office three years ago, serving in different official capacities. On 22nd, a brief farewell ceremnony was held for him at St. Ignatius Church, with his family members, colleagues, and Jesuits attending.

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