David MatsumotoContemporary Shin Buddhist Studies

B.A. and J.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
M.A., Institute of Buddhist Studies
M.A., Ryukoku University, Kyoto
Ph.D., Ryukoku University, Kyoto


Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha overseas minister (kaikyoshi). Currently the resident minister of the Berkeley Buddhist Temple

Research interests:
Contemporary approaches to Shin Buddhist doctrinal and historical studies, including:

  • A Shin Buddhist theology of disability
  • Shin Buddhist hermeneutics
  • Shin Buddhism and the environment
  • The nembutsu as artistic experience

Translations of Japanese-language works include, among others:

  • Bearer of the Light: the life and thought of Rennyo, by Jitsuen Kakehashi
  • A Life of Awakening: the heart of the Shin Buddhist path, by Takamaro Shigaraki