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2012 Institute of Buddhist Studies Commencement

Monday, May 21, 2012, 9:00 am

Five Institute Of Buddhist Studies’ students received their Master Degrees at a commencement ceremony on Friday, May 18, 2012 at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley.

The event was chaired by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto. The opening service was conducted by Rev. Kodo Umezu, IBS President and Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America.

Opening remarks were given by Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean, and Rev. Marvin Harada, IBS Trustee Interim Chair.

The commencement address was presented by Dr. Franz Aubery Metcalf, Professor at California State University Los Angeles and the IBS Spring Numata Lecturer. He spoke on the subject of “Our Buddhadharma, our Buddhist Dharma.”

IBS graduates were awarded a Masters Degree in Buddhist Studies degree, in joint sponsorship with the Graduate Theological Union. Graduates included:

  • Kathryn Bilotti Stark, “Compassionate Awareness and Transformation: The Relevancy of Mindfulness Teaching and Practice in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care,” with thesis committee members Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kiinst, Dr. Payne, and Dr. Gil Fronsdal
  • Alex John McDermid, “Gender in Jodo Shinshu Temple Families,” with thesis committee members Dr. Lisa Grumbach and Dr. Matsumoto
  • Christina Yanko-Ringle, “Aspects of Yogachara in the Discourse on the Pure Land,” with thesis committee members Dr. Matsumoto and Dr. Payne
  • Diana Lynne Thompson, “Narratives of Evil: A comparison of the Ajatashtru Story and Batman Graphic Novels,” with thesis committee members Dr. Matsumoto and Dr. Payne
  • Anne Cottrell Spencer, “Jodo Shinshu in America: A Demographic Survey of the Buddhist Churches of America,” with thesis committee members of Dr. Scott Mitchell and Dr. Kinst

Ven. Nguyen Duong and Kathryn Stark were awarded the Certificate of Buddhist Chaplaincy for their work and course studies under the guidance of Dr. Kinst.
McDermid, Yanko-Ringle, and Duong received their degrees in absentia. All the degrees and certificates where conferred to the recipient by Dean Payne and Rev. Harada.

A reception followed with family and friends.

2012 Graduation Commencement Ceremony

May 18, 2012
10:00 amto1:00 pm

Help us celebrate our students and our community by attending the commencement ceremony for our 2010 graduates. The ceremony will be held in the Kodo of the Jodo Shinshu Center at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18th. A light reception will follow.

The ceremony’s keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Franz Metcalf, a teacher at the California State University, Los Angeles, and author of numerous books applying Buddhist teachings to our everyday lives, including Just Add Buddha and Buddha in Your Backpack.

Franz Metcalf

Prof. Metcalf’s talk, generously sponsored by the Numata Foundation is titled “Our Buddhadharma, Our Buddhist Dharma.” This address explores our evolving Buddhist dharma in two senses. That is, it tries to begin clarifying dharma in the sense of (a) what the Buddhadharma, as teaching, is; and (b) what our dharma, as duty, is toward that Buddhadharma. While the former is a bottomless pit of circularity into which scholars may sink their careers, and the latter is a deepening chasm of responsibilities into which practitioners may throw their lives,  the sinking and the throwing need doing. Treading (and thereby perhaps obliterating) one line between scholarship and practice, this address attempts to trace a path on which scholars and graduates may walk together, down into the darkness.

2011 Commencement

Thursday, May 12, 2011, 2:12 pm

2011 graduates
Three Institute of Buddhist Studies’ students received their Master Degrees at Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 6, 2011 at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley. The presentations were made by Dr. Leroy Morishiata, Chair of the IBS Board of Trustees.

The event was chaired by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto and began with Opening Service led by Bishop Koshin Ogui, Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America and President of IBS. Opening remarks were made by Dr. Richard Payne, Dean of the IBS, and Dr. Morishita.

The commencement address was presented by Rev. Nobuo Miyaji, Rinban of the Fresno Betsuin Buddhist Temple, who spoke on the importance of Shin Buddhist Education.

IBS graduates included:

  • Linda Diane Dorse, “Dogen in the Kitchen: Expressions of Shikantaza in Instruction for the Cook,” with thesis committee members Dr. Lisa Grumbach, Dr. Matsumoto, and Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst
  • Takashi Miyaji, “Shackles of Doubt,” with thesis committee members, Dr. Matsumoto, Dr. Nobuo Haneda, and Rev. Dr. Seigen Yamaoka. (His degree was accepted by his father, Rev . Miyaji.)
  • Victoria Rose Pinto, “Shinnyo-en: “An Early History,” with committee members, Dr. Payne, Dr. Grumbach, and Dr, Jerome Bagget

Takashi Miyaji is currently attending Ryukoku University, Kyoto, in the Department of Shin Buddhist Studies, and Pinto will be attending the University of Southern California and working for her doctorate in the Department of East Asian Studies, Religion, in the fall.

Dr.Morishita, representing the IBS Trustees, publically announced the appointment of Dr. Yamaoka as the H.E. Kosho Ohtani Chair for Shin Buddhist Studies. Dr. Yamaoka is a Core Faculty member of the IBS and also a Core Doctoral Faculty member of the Graduate Theological Union.

IBS 2011 Graduate Commencement

May 6, 2011
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Join the IBS graduating class of 2011 for a commencement event on Friday, May 6, 2011 in the Kodo at the Jodo Shinshu Center.

Details are forthcoming.

Aratani Presentation

Monday, June 21, 2010, 12:42 pm

george aratani

Mr. George T. Arataini, a long time supporter of the Institute of Buddhist Studies was conferred an Honorary Doctorate at his home in Hollywood, CA on Thursday, June 17, 2010 by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, the IBS George and Sakaye Aratani Professor. Dr. Aratani was not able to attend the IBS Commencement Ceremony held on May 14, 2010 in Berkeley, CA.

In making the presentation Dr. Matsumoto expressed the heartfelt appreciation of the IBS Board of Trustees for his generous support and encouragement for the success of the IBS in its future growth and development.

In accepting the doctorate, Dr. Aratani stated, “I have tried to the best of my ability to continue the tradition imparted to me by my father. Therefore, I have supported the IBS for its commitment to the Buddha Dharma in America. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the IBS for this special honor.”

Present at the home ceremony were Mrs. Aratani, Rev. Hiroshi Abiko, Rinban of the Los Angeles Buddhist Temple Betsuin, and Rev. Dr. Seigen Yamaoka.

[Photo Credit: Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, Mrs. Sakaye Aratani, and Dr. George T. Aratani.]

IBS Commencement 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 4:08 pm

2010 IBS Graduates

Mr. George T. Aratani, a long time supporter of Institute of Buddhist Studies, was presented an Honorary Doctorate, and four IBS students received their Master of Buddhist Studies degrees at Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 14, 2010 at the Jodo Shinshu Center, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA. The presentations were made by Dr. Leroy Morishita, Chair of the IBS Board of Trustees.

The commencement address was presented by Dr. Paul Harrison, co-chair of the Ho Center Buddhist Studies at Stanford University, who spoke on the expanding interest in Buddhist Studies, which is based on the discovery of new documents in ancient languages closer to the Buddha’s time.

Upon the conferring of the honorary doctorate to Aratani, Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto stated that Mr. Aratani could not be present to receive the award, but was truly appreciative of the award. Mr. Aratani has generously supported the IBS Center for Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies because he felt the urgent need to bring Shin Studies into America. Rev. Dr. Seigen Yamaoka received the degree on behalf of Mr. Aratani.

The IBS graduates were: G. Kenji Akahoshi of San Jose, David Kazuyoshi Fujimoto of Hawaii, Jon Brett Turner of Orange County, and Mutsumi Fujiwara Wondra of Orange County. Wondra is currently studying at Ryukoku Univ ersity, Kyoto. Alan Wondra accepted the degree on behalf of his wife.

Akahoshi’s thesis was titled, “Interpreting the Two Aspects of Deep Mind Utilizing Psychological Metaphors.” His committee included Dr. Matsumoto, Dr. Richard Payne, and Rev. Dr. Daijaku Kinst.

Fujimoto’s thesis was titled, “A Consideration of Religious Conversion: In Shinran’s Thought and the Modern Conversion.” His committee included Dr. Matsumoto, Dr. Yamaoka, and Rev. Harry Bridge.

Turner’s thesis was titled, “Shinran Shonin’s Other Power Nembutsu: A Buddhist Sonic Ritual Based Upon the Mantra.” His committee included Dr. Payne, Dr. Yamaoka, and Rev. Marvin Harada.

Wondra’s thesis was titled, “Interpreting Shinran’s Teaching Within a Contemporary Shin Buddhist Community: How does a person who has attained the stage of the truly settled live in the contemporary world?” Her committee included Dr. Matsumoto, Dr. Eisho Nasu, and Rev. Harada.

The program was chaired by Dr. Matsumoto.

For more images from the ceremony, please visit our Facebook page. Video footage is available on our podcast.

Commencement

May 14, 2010
10:00 amto12:00 pm

The Institute of Buddhist Studies 2010 Graduation Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley.

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Commencement Schedule:

  • 10:00    Procession
  • 10:15    Opening Service
  • 10:30    Introduction of Guests
  • 10:40    Comments by Dr. Leroy Morishita, Chair IBS Board of Trustee
  • 10:55    Commencement Address: Dr. Harrison
  • 11:25    Presentation of diplomas
  • 11:40    Presentation of honorary Doctorate to Mr. Aratani
  • 11:45    Closing comments
  • 11:50    Recessional/oshoko by attendees
  • 12:00    Reception with refreshments

2010 Graduation Commencement

Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 4:13 pm

The Institute of Buddhist Studies, a graduate seminary for Buddhist Studies, Shin Buddhist Ministry, and Buddhist Chaplaincy, will hold its graduation commencement ceremony on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 10 a.m. at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley.

The commencement speaker will be Dr. Paul Harrison of Stanford University who is co-director of the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies.

Degrees will be presented to the 2010 graduates followed by an Honorary Doctorate to be presented to Mr. George Aratani, of Hollywood, Ca., a long-time supporter of the IBS.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 10:00    Procession
  • 10:15    Opening Service
  • 10:30    Introduction of Guests
  • 10:40    Comments by Dr. Leroy Morishita, Chair IBS Board of Trustee
  • 10:55    Commencement Address: Dr. Harrison
  • 11:25    Presentation of diplomas
  • 11:40    Presentation of honorary Doctorate to Mr. Aratani
  • 11:45    Closing comments
  • 11:50    Recessional/oshoko by attendees
  • 12:00    Reception with refreshments
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