about the instituteThe Institute of Buddhist Studies offers a systematic and comprehensive educational program in the entirety of the Buddhist tradition while seeking to serve the educational needs of all Buddhists.

Established in 1949, the Institute of Buddhist Studies has been providing graduate-level Buddhist, ministerial, chaplaincy, and other other educational programs in Berkeley for more than sixty years.

Affiliated with the Buddhist Churches of America — the oldest Buddhist institution in North America — we offer Jodo Shinshu Buddhist ministerial education.

We are also affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union and offer a fully accredited Master of Arts degree in Buddhist Studies.