David Ryoe Matsumoto

President Emeritus

Rev. Dr. David Ryoe Matsumoto served as a member of the faculty from 1995 and as IBS President from 2016 until his retirement in 2024 whereupon the Board of Trustees named him President Emeritus.

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

Research and Teaching Interests:
Contemporary approaches to Shin Buddhist doctrinal and historical studies
Shin Buddhist theology of disability
Shin Buddhist hermeneutics
Shin Buddhism and the environment
The nembutsu as artistic experience

Recent Publications:
Translation of Bearer of the Light: the Life and Thought of Rennyo, by Jitsuen Kakehashi
Translation of A Life of Awakening: the heart of the Shin Buddhist Path, by Takamaro Shigaraki

Courses Taught:
Introduction to Shin Buddhist Thought
Works of Shinran (I through IV)