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IBS 60th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, September 03, 2009, 11:47 am

IBS 60th Anniversary

The Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS), a graduate seminary for Shin Buddhist Ministry and Buddhist Studies, celebrated its 60th anniversary on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 from 11 a.m. at the Jodo Shinshu Center (JSC). Some 80 persons were in attendance.

The ceremony included an opening service led by Bishop Koshin Ogui, Socho and President of IBS. Socho Ogui in his welcome remarks expressed his gratitude to all the BCA members who helped in the growth of IBS throughout the years and to the IBS staff for moving the IBS towards a strong Buddhist Educational Institution.

The ceremonies were highlighted by the conferral of a honorary doctorate to Mr. Hiroji Kariya, former IBS Trustee chair and long time supporter of the school, and the public presentation of the Rev. Yoshitaka Tami Professorial Chair to Dr. Lisa Grumbach; the George and Sakaye Aratani Professorial Char to Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto; and the Rev. Dr. Yehan Numata Professorial Chair to Dr. Richard Payne. The presentations were made by Mr. Thomas Yuki, Chairman of the IBS Board.

Kariya in his acceptance remarks expressed his gratitude to his late wife, Yasuko, his family, and the BCA leaders and members for giving him the opportunity to work with an educational institution which can become a vital force in Buddhist education and training of minister for our temples and beyond. He expressed his hope that the institute will grow and become a Buddhist University in the future.

He stated, “we have a good start in that at the Jodo Shinshu Center (JSC) we have a thriving IBS, an innovative Center for Buddhist Education programs headed by Rev. Kodo Umezu, the Ryukoku University programs for student overseas study, the Hongwanji English Corresponding Program, and the Hongwanji ‘s International Ministerial Orientation Program. All these are the core of a strong and positive educational program. We have a great beginning and a great future.”

He concluded by stating we need everyone to join this great and positive journey for Buddhist Education.

Dean Payne, on behalf on the chair recipient, expressed his appreciation for the generous support and commitment of members of the BCA who provided the endowed chairs.

He stated, “the IBS is now moving to make a positive contribution in the field of Buddhist Education. The history of the IBS marks the emergence of a strong and public commitment to share the teaching of Shinran throughout the western world, as the light of Amida shines unhindered throughout the universe. Key to that history are the figures of Rev. Haruyoshi Kusada and Rev. Seigen Yamaoka.

“Rev. Kusada served as the Executive Director of the IBS from 1968 to 1983. It was at that time that the vision of BCA to create a seminary for the Buddhist ministry to be trained in English was brought to reality.

“A second important step was in the mid-1980s. At that time with the leadership of Rev. Yamaoka as Bishop of the BCA, IBS affiliated with the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley and with Ryukoku University, Kyoto. These were key steps in creating the present educational program of the IBS: providing education for future ministers and Shin Buddhist and Buddhist scholars.

“A third important step came under the leadership of Ogui Socho, who strongly expressed the importance of becoming a broader Buddhist institution. Thus our curriculum has grown and as a result the number of students have increased.

“The fourth historic step was the building of the Jodo Shinshu Center, which created an academic atmosphere for academic study,” he concluded.

Rev. Harry Bridge, Buddhist Church of Oakland and an IBS Adjunct Faculty, chaired the ceremony.

Prior to the ceremonies, the IBS conducted orientation for the students who will begin the 2009 fall semester. Kumi Hadler, IBS registrar, stated that there were 27 IBS students and 27 GTU students signed up for class.

Core faculty and courses are:

  • Dr. Payne, Issues in the Study of Religions (Doctoral level)
  • Dr. Matsumoto, Works of Shinran II – Teaching, Practice, and Realization
  • Dr. Grumbach, Buddhist Traditions of South Asia and Topics in Buddhist Thought: Buddhism, Meat, and Vegetarianism

Adjunct faculty and courses are:

  • Rev. Bridge, Rituals, Practice, and Ceremony in Buddhism
  • Dr. Daijaku Kinst, Zen Buddhism – Introduction to Zen Meditation
  • Dr. Hudaya Kandajahya, Buddhist Traditions of Southeast Asia: Ancient Center of Buddhism in Southeast Asia
  • Yufuko Kurioka, Shin Buddhist Texts: Buddhist Japanese 1

Online Course and instructors are:

  • Dr. Galen Amstutz, Shin History of the Shin Buddhist Traditions
  • Dr. Laura Harrington, Tibetan Buddhism
  • Dr. Scott Mitchell, Topics in Buddhist Traditions of the West: Globalization

IBS 60th Anniversary

Tuesday, August 04, 2009, 3:11 pm

The Institute of Buddhist Studies, a Seminary and Graduate School, will celebrate it’s 60th anniversary on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at its Jodo Shinshu Center campus, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA from 11 a.m.

At the anniversary service, the IBS will officially confer, in an academic ceremony, an Honorary Doctorate to Mr. Hiroji Kariya for his lifetime contribution to the development of IBS. His award was announced at the Buddhist Churches of America National Council Meeting in February 2009.

“Mr. Kariya joined the IBS Board of Trustees in the early 1960s, and from 1977 until his retirement in 2009 he served as Chair of the IBS Trustees. His dedication and commitment enabled IBS to grow and develop into a strong graduate institution for Buddhist education and research,” said Dr. Richard Payne, IBS Dean.
Also, official recognition will be given to professors who are officially named to professorial endowed chairs.

The BCA ministerial training began in 1930 when Bishop Kenju Masuyama saw the need to train English speaking ministers. After World War II, Bishop Enryo Shigefuji established a monthly study group to persons interested in being ministerial aspirants. The monthly study session was held at the home Mrs. Shinobu Matuura. In 1949, the program was moved to the Berkeley Buddhist Temple at 2121 Channing Way where it became known as the Buddhist Study Center (BCS) under the guidance of Rev. Kanmo Imamura, resident minister of the Berkeley Temple.

A thriving study group developed into a notable number of Buddhist teachers in the world community. In 1958, under the guidance of Bishop Shigefuji and Rev. Imamura, the BCS became the official ministerial training center in the United States. The first students under the new programs were: Leslie Kawamura, John Doami, William Masuda, and Haruo Yamaoka.

In 1966, the BCA acquired a building at 2717 Haste Street, Berkeley, and the BSC was renamed the IBS. In the mid-1980s, Bishop Shnsho Hanayama and Bishop Kenyu Tsuji played vital roles in the early stages at the Haste Street campus. Rev. Haruyoshi Kusada served as Executive Director from 1968 to 1983, laying the educational foundation for graduate studies.

Under the guidance of Bishop Seigen Yamaoka, the IBS established affiliations with Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan in 1982 and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley in 1985. In 1986 Dr. Alfred Bloom, a noted Shin Buddhist scholar, was appointed Dean and Head Professor. Upon his retirement in 1994, Dr. Richard Payne was appointed to the position of Dean.

With the dedication of the newly constructed Jodo Shinshu Center in 2006, and guidance of Bishop Koshin Ogui, the IBS Campus is part of the programs within the center. With the new campus, IBS has grown in its academic offerings.

The public is invited to attend the ceremonies. Contact the IBS for more information.

Hiroji and Yasuko Kariya Endowment

Thursday, June 04, 2009, 11:02 am


On the occasion of his wife Yasuko’s First Year Memorial Service, with the consent of his family, Mr. Hiroji Kariya, a member of the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, pledged $1,000,000 to establish an endowed professorial chair at the Institute of Buddhist Studies.

The chair is to be named the Hiroji and Yasuko Kariya Chair for Buddhist Religious Education Studies.

In giving the gift, Mr. Kariya said, “Yasuko was very supportive in anything that I did with our local temple and for the Buddhist Churches of America. She was the one who always encouraged me to do what I felt was important. We often talked about making the IBS a Buddhist University. Yasuko shared that dream with me. This might not happen during my lifetime, but my children and I would like to be a small part in the fulfillment of that dream in the future, because the fact is, right now, we have a good start with the IBS, the Center for Buddhist Education, and the Jodo Shinshu Center.”

Dr. Richard Payne stated, “As the Dean of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, I would like to express how deeply moved I am by the generous gift that Mr. Kariya and his family are making in memory of the late Yasuko Kariya. Institutionally the establishment of an endowed chair is vitally important as it is only with qualified faculty and staff that the programs of the IBS can effectively serve the BCA and the propagation of Shin Buddhism in the West.

“The education of ministers, chaplains and lay leaders, together with research and publication, are all means by which the profound teachings of Shinran Shonin are made present in today’s world. An endowment of this kind will make it possible for the IBS to expand its faculty and thereby propagate the Pure Land teachings more effectively.

“At the same time, the endowment in Yasuko’s memory is personally meaningful as well. Years ago, the IBS administrative offices were temporarily relocated to the grounds of the Mountain View Buddhist Temple. One of the people who were most welcoming was Mrs. Kariya. Rather than being made to feel like an awkward intruder, she helped to make me feel like a welcome guest-indeed, a part of the temple sangha. I am glad that this endowment will stand as a permanent memorial for such a kind and gracious lady.”

Mr. Kariya has given a lifetime of service to the BCA, as president of his local temple and as a leader in key roles in the BCA.

The Kariya IBS Endowment is part of Campaign BCA: the 21st Century.

Hiroji Kariya Awarded Honorary Doctorate

Friday, April 03, 2009, 9:00 am

Hiroji Kariya, a long time resident of Mountain View, California, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Institute of Buddhist Studies, at the Buddhist Churches of America National Council Banquet, Saturday, February 28, 2009 at Irvine, CA. He was also awarded a BCA Lifetime Service Award.

The IBS is a graduate school for Buddhist Ministry and Research and is an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union, a consortium of religious schools, in Berkeley

The award was made for his long dedication to the Shin Buddhist movement in the United States and in particular his leadership and generosity for the development of the IBS.

Since 1997, Kariya has been the Chair of the IBS Trustees until his retirement in 2008. During those years, IBS has grown and developed into strong graduate educational institutions for Buddhist ministry and research. His monetary gifts made it possible to be apart of the new campus at the Jodo Shinshu Center located at 2140 Durant Ave., Berkeley.
Kariya has given distinguished service throughout his life to his local temple, the BCA, Hongwanji, and IBS.

He was president of the Mountain View Buddhist temple from 1966-1967 and 1970-1971, BCA President in 1974 at the time of the BCA’s 75th Anniversary, an IBS trustee from the early 1960’s, from 1983- 1993 he was the National Chair for the BCA’s Campaign for Buddhism in America raising over $11,000,000.00. This was the first attempt of the BCA to raise major funds for the programs of the national organization. As chair of the campaign he made many trips to Japan to promote the IBS and BCA at his own expense.

In 1989 he was appointed by Monshu Koshin Ohtani, spiritual head of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, Kyoto, Japan, to the Hongwanji Sanyo, which is a lay organization to help and support the Monshu. Kariya was the first person outside of Japan to be so honored.

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