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Alumni Notes

Tadao Koyama, M.B.S., 2018

“Currently I am studying in Japan at Nishi Hongwanji’s Gonshikishidosho. My focus of study is Jodo Shinshu chants and rituals.”

Diana Thompson, M.A., 2012

“Minister with the Buddhist Churches of America, currently serving at the Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple”

Candice Shibata, M.A., 2015

“My time spent at the Institute of Buddhist Studies is something that I will always cherish. Living in community at the IBS dormitory and being in the company of fellow ministerial aspirants and the other students always inspired me to continue my studying and growth, personally and professionally.

“Following my first ministerial assignment at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple, I found my way back to Northern California. I am currently serving at the Buddhist Church of Florin as the resident minister.”

Ronald Miyamura, M.A.B.S., 1973

“Not a real alumni, since I did not graduate from IBS….but I attended and lived at IBS for 3 years when IBS was a “Pre-Ministerial Candidate School”. we attended local colleges and were supposed to be taking classes part-time at IBS. in the early days of IBS (1967-1970), it was not yet a graduate school, so I had to go off to Ryukoku.

“Currently the Resident Minister at the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago.”