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Summer Pacific Seminar

July 4, 2014toJuly 6, 2014

“Sea of Suffering, Ocean of Compassion”

Featuring Dr. Taitetsu Unno, Rev. Tetsuo Unno and Prof. Mark Unno

July 4-6, 2014, Asilomar, Pacific Grove, CA

This event will be hosted in Asilomar and is being co-sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Education.

Spring Pacific Seminar

March 22, 2014
9:00 amto3:30 pm

“The Benefits of a Life of Shinjin”

Featuring Prof. Nobuhiro Fukagawa of Ryukoku University

March 22, 2014, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Gardena Buddhist Church, 1517 W. 166th St., Gardena, CA 90247

This event will be hosted in Southern California and is being co-sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Education.

Summer Pacific Seminar: Shinran and Ajatasatru

July 5, 2013toJuly 7, 2013

More information on this Center for Buddhist Education and Institute of Buddhist Studies jointly-held event will be posted here at a later date. Please visit this website for registration information.

Winter Pacific Seminar: the Path of the Nembutsu

February 23, 2013
8:30 amto5:00 pm

The 2013 Winter Pacific Seminar will be held at the Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple on February 23, 2013. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Education. Please visit this link for more information and registration.


Please download this flyer for more information.

IBS Intensive Summer Seminar

Monday, June 18, 2012, 9:00 am

Dr. Mark Blum, Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Albany, SUNY, East Asian Studies Department, will conduct an Intensive Study Program on the subject of “Shinran and the Nirvana Sutra (Mahaparinirvana Sutra)” Monday, July 9 to Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, daily at the Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley, CA.

This is a new professional development and continuing education program.

The course will cover Shinan’s quest to understand himself and the human condition, which led to the study the Nirvana Sutra, which he relied upon to develop his major work, The Kyogyoshinsho. This special reading course (SRC 9999) will provide graduate students with 1.5 unit credit with the completion of the requirements of the study program.

Registration fee is $900.00 for graduate students, $375.00 for auditors, and $185.00 for seniors who wish to take the course.

For detailed information click here or call (510) 501-809-1444.

Weekend Seminar and Intensive Study Program on Shinran Shonin’s Thought and the Nirvana Sutra

July 6, 2012toJuly 12, 2012

Weekend Seminar and Intensive Study Program on Shinran Shonin’s Thought and the Nirvana Sutra

Keynote and study program led by Mark L. Blum, State University of New York, Albany

Prof. Blum is translating the Nirvana Sutra for the BDK Tripitaka Translation Series. The first volume of this new translation of a key Mahayana text will be published this year.

Pacific Seminar 2012: Shinran’s Quest
Weekend seminar: Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 8, 2012

Piecing together the events in Shinran’s life with his writings, the goal of the seminar is to identify first the problematic issues that Shinran was facing personally and socially, then identify what the solutions were that he discovered, and then to expand this into a more broad discussion of the implications inherent in those solutions in regard to (1) how to interpret the Buddhist tradition, (2) how to assess the nature of mankind/humankind in his time, and (3) what implications these conclusions have for us today both in our particular social and psychological contexts, and for the human condition as a whole regardless of time or place.

A key component of the entire seminar will be the relationship between the doctrines in Tannisho and the Nirvana Sutra and how this perspective or gestalt was used by Shinran to understand the core teachings of The Larger Sutra and The Contemplation Sutra. This way of studying Shinran is something that at this point is rarely if ever discussed in English language materials on Shinran and Shin thought as a whole.

For more information on the Pacific Seminar, please contact the Center for Buddhist Education.

Shinran and the Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra
Intensive study program: Monday, July 9 to Thursday, July 12, 2012

This seminar will examine the role of the Mahāparinirvāṇa Sūtra in Shinran’s religious outlook. We will first look at the general themes of this scripture within the historical evolution of East Asian Buddhist thought, especially the Tiantai/Tendai scholastic tradition, and then look at where and how Shinran uses this sutra to support his arguments in the Kyōgyōshinshō.

Participation in the intensive study program requires participation in the weekend seminar as well. Academic credit (1.5 to 3.0 units) is available through the Institute of Buddhist Studies.

These programs are co-hosted by the Institute of Buddhist Studies, and the Center for Buddhist Education. Please contact the CBE for more information and registration materials.

Winter Pacific Seminar: A Life of Shinjin

January 28, 2012
8:30 amto5:00 pm

The Institute of Buddhist Studies & the Center for Buddhist Education present the first Winter Pacific Seminar, 21st Century

A Life of Shinjin


Keynote Speaker:

Reverend Dr. David Matsumoto

Panelists: Rev. Yushi Mukojima, Rev. Patricia Usuki, Rev. Henry Adams & Rev. John Iwohara

Haiku Workshop: Rev. Lee Rosenthal


Saturday, January 28, 2012 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple

815 East First Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Registration donation of $20 includes lunch. Deadline is January 15, 2012

Please make checks payable to “CBE.” Mail to 2140 Durant Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704
For info and online registration, please contact the Center for Buddhist Education: 510.809.1460



Pacific Seminar 21st Century

June 24, 2011toJune 26, 2011

The Path to the Pure Land
Why is the Nembutsu Relevant to my Life Today?

The Pacific Seminar is an annual event co-sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Center for Buddhist Education, held at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley, California, and is open to the general public.

This year’s seminar will focus on The Path to the Pure Land — Why is the Nembutsu relevant to my life today?

Participants will have the rare opportunity to explore this question with four guest speakers: Reverend John Iwohara, Rev. Gregory Gibbs, Rev. Harry Bridge and Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara.

For more details and registration information, please visit the CBE event page here.

Pacific Seminar 21st Century

June 25, 2010toJune 27, 2010

Pacific Seminar 21st Century
Shinran’s Path in America – Yesterday and Today
Exploring Nisei spirituality, temple traditions & values

Co-sponsored by the Center for Buddhist Education and the Institute of Buddhist Studies

Keynote Speaker: Rev. Tetsuo Unno

“This year, we will gather to listen to the stories of BCA’s Nisei (second generation, American-born) pioneers who helped to build the temples and maintain them for decades. Their stories and memories of their Issei (first generation, immigrant) parents — will help us to understand Shinran’s path in America,” explains Rev. Kodo Umezu, Director of the BCA Center for Buddhist Education.

The keynote speaker will be Rev. Tetsuo Unno, part-time minister at Pasadena Buddhist Temple, and popular lecturer at colleges and temples throughout the U.S. His ability to integrate Shin Buddhist perspectives in a range of educational, community and spiritual settings has inspired traditional followers and new audiences for several decades. Other speakers will include Rev. Shoki Mohri, BCA Minister Emeritus who will share his reflections on the post-World War II Buddhist experience (Japanese, translated to English, with commentary, by Rev. Unno); and Ms. Anne Spencer, Minister Assistant at the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple, who will share her insights as a first-generation, non-Nikkei temple member. The seminar will be interactive and feature a panel of Nisei stories, a Q/A session and small group discussion, moderated by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, Director of the Center for Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies at IBS; and Rev. Kodo Umezu, BCA CBE Director.

The seminar will reflect on the Nisei spiritual experience which has interwoven aspects of Japanese spiritual, social and cultural value systems; Buddhist teachings; and American ideals. Against the backdrop of pre-World War II racism and xenophobia; the exile and mass internment during World War II; post-war resettlement, the redress movement, and today, participants will discuss how various moral values — including “gaman” (perseverance), “shikataganai” (it cannot be helped); “haji” (shame) among others — influenced their lives. The Buddhist origins of some of the terms, and the changing interpretations of these terms, over time and by each generation, will also be discussed.

“We will be listening and sharing in the spirit of the Buddhist idea of ‘okage sama de’ (benefiting from the shade of those who walked before us). We are truly honored to present our guest speakers along with a panel of Nisei who will share their stories. We hope to have a good mixture of Nisei and younger generations and non-Nikkei. Everyone is welcome! And, if you cannot attend this one, we encourage you to sponsor something like this in your own community. CBE is ready to support you in any way we can,” Rev. Umezu concludes.

For more information on this event, including registration information, please contact the Center for Buddhist Education.

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