To provide graduate level education in the full breadth of the Buddhist tradition with specialized education supporting Pure Land and contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies, while advancing Jodo Shinshu Buddhist ministry and Buddhist chaplaincy.


Creatively combining liberal arts and scholar-practitioner models of education, the Institute of Buddhist Studies:

  • through educational programs grounded in critical thinking and academic freedom, empowers students to become effective and engaged scholars, teachers, ministers, and chaplains;
  • through publications, scholarship, and research programs, promotes engagement with the Buddhist tradition and contributes to the public good;
  • through institutional partnerships and in community, fosters an awareness, respect, and appreciation for Buddhist, religious, and cultural diversity.

IBS Vision Statement

IBS will be a center for graduate-level study of Buddhism in the United States, featuring a vision of specialization that is based upon a broad foundation. Grounded in the entirety of the Buddhist tradition, it will offer specialized study of Pure Land and contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies, as well as other Buddhist traditions and perspectives.

As the leading institution for the study of Shin Buddhism in the English-speaking world, IBS will offer an integrated educational environment that will enable its students to become successful Jodo Shinshu ministers, Buddhist chaplains and scholars. IBS will nurture its graduates to be persons who are deeply engaged in meeting a wide range of challenges raised in contemporary society.

In order to accomplish its goals and embrace its vision fully, IBS will seek expansion in a range of areas that will include growth in student enrollment and diversity of the student body, growth and diversity of faculty and academic disciplines, attainment of full academic accreditation, greater alliances with educational, religious and service institutions, and fiscal growth and sustainability. A longer-term vision may include the establishment of satellite campuses in other locales and the development of a doctoral program.


Statement of IBS Core Values

The Institute of Buddhist Studies embraces these values both as ideals toward which it aspires and ever-evolving realities that characterize its fundamental approach to education.

  • Embodying Mahayana Buddhist ideals of universal liberation, equality, peace, and freedom from ego-centric attachments
  • Awakening to the boundless working of Amida Buddha’s Primal Vow within a deepening awareness of one’s own nature and a world in which wisdom unfolds as compassion
  • Scholarship that accords with standards of academic excellence, grounded in critical thinking and academic freedom
  • Excellence, innovation and success in teaching and learning strategies
  • Developing effective and engaged Buddhist ministers and chaplains
  • Greater awareness and integration of Shin Buddhist teachings and values in the world today, and their contribution to the public good
  • Offering an educational environment of civility, integrity and trustworthiness
  • Appreciation for academic, religious and humanitarian achievements
  • Acceptance of diverse cultures, religions, histories and perspectives
  • Transparency and collaboration in decision-making and information sharing
  • Fiscal and programmatic accountability
  • Financial and environmental sustainability

IBS Board of Trustees
January 2017


Non-Discrimination Policy

Institute of Buddhist Studies admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or physical disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age or physical disability in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.