President and Vice President of Academic AffairsDavid Matsumoto

Director of Center for Contemporary 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).

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