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IBS 2009 Fall Semester

Tuesday, September 08, 2009, 3:46 pm

The Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS), a Graduate Seminary for Buddhist Studies, began its 2009 fall semester with an enrollment of 65 students. Of the total 26 are IBS students and 39 are students for the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), a consortium of Christian Seminaries.

Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean, stated that in the past few years the enrollment has increased due to the new IBS location within the Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley. Because of our close proximity to the GTU and the University of California, the campus atmosphere of the IBS has become the focal center for Buddhist Religious Studies.

Of the 26 IBS students 19 are on the MA program, 3 are exchange students from Ryukoku University, 2 are special students, 1 students is with the International Ministerial Orientation Program (IMOP), and 1 auditor.

Of the GTU consortium schools 11 are from the GTU, 13 from the Pacific School of Religion, 8 from the Starr King School of Ministry, 3 from the Jesuit School of Theology, 2 from the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, 1 from the Franciscan School of Theology, and 1 from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

“On September 1, 2009, the IBS celebrated its 60th anniversary. The faculty and staff are deeply grateful to the members and friends of the Buddhist Churches of America for their continued support in our journey to support the Shin Buddhist movement and Buddhism in the United States,” said Dr. Payne.

2009 Spring Student Body

Saturday, April 04, 2009, 9:00 am

The Institute of Buddhist Studies, a graduate school for Buddhist Studies and Ministerial Studies in Berkeley, began its 2008 spring semester with an enrollment of 48 students. Of the total 25 are IBS students. In the fall semester there were a total of 60 students taking courses.

Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean, stated that in the past few years the enrollment has steadily increased due to the new IBS location within the Jodo Shinshu Center. The campus atmosphere has greatly enhanced the visibility of the IBS to the academic and religious communities.

Of the 25 IBS students 13 are ministerial students in the MA track, 3 are auditing with record, 3 in the Chaplaincy program, 3 are general students, 2 are from other traditions, and 3 are exchange students from Ryukoku University.
Graduate Theological Union students come from the following schools. 6 from the GTU Doctoral track, 1 from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, 1 from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 3 from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, 1 from the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, 6 from the Pacific School of Religion, and 5 from the Starr King School for the Ministry. These are all graduate students who are studying to be ministers, teachers, or church supporters of their traditions. Dr. Payne, IBS Dean and GTU Core Doctorial Faculty, teaches all PhD students.

Spring 2009 Registration

Tuesday, January 06, 2009, 8:57 am

The new year is here, and a new semester is almost upon us!

The Institute of Buddhist Studies’ Spring 2009 registration period will be open from January 26 – 30, 2009. Be sure to check out our current course listings on our main website here.

This semester, in addition to our regular core classes, we’re pleased to offer many online courses including:

  • Topics in Buddhist Traditions of the West: Globalization
  • History of the Pure Land Buddhist Tradition: the Seven Masters
  • Topics in Buddhist Traditions of Japan: Dogen
  • Works of Shinran IV: the Tannisho

See the tuition and and registration information pages more details. And feel free to contact our registrar if you have any questions or need any assistance.

Happy New Year!

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