Dharma Light Classes

Dharma Light Program: Illuminating the Buddhist Path

The Buddhist Study Center’s Dharma Light Program offers classes on general and Shin Buddhism for those new to Buddhist concepts and those who wish to renew their studies of Buddha’s teachings. A stepwise approach illuminates a path to understanding of ancient teachings and practical uses in today’s society. Find a teacher and a friendly learning community to shine the light of Buddha’s teachings on your life.

With the exception of the “First Steps” classes offered at local Honpa Hongwani temples, class sessions are generally at the BSC. As schedules for new rounds of classes become available, we will post them here and in the calendar.

January-July 2018 Courses

January-July 2018 DLP Brochure

For those interested in all paths of Buddhism

ABC’s of Buddhism
Instructors: Dexter Mar, Roy Higa, Rod Moriyama, and Rev. Kojun Hashimoto
Saturday mornings, 4 classes,9:30-11:00a.m. March 3,17,24,31 at Wahiawa Hongwanji
An introductory encounter with the basic teachings of universal Buddhist philosophy. For those beginning to ask “What is Buddhism about?” No background needed. Full Description
ABC’s of Buddhism
Instructors: Dexter Mar, Rev. Mari Nishiyama
Sunday Mornings, 4 classes, 10-11:30a.m. April 15,22,29 and May 6 at Pearl City Hongwanji
An introductory encounter with the basic teachings of universal Buddhist philosophy. For those beginning to ask “What is Buddhism about?” No background needed. Full Description
Searching for the Buddha:Walking the Middle Path
Instructor:Dexter Mar
Thursday evenings, 4 classes, 6:30-8:30p.m. June 21,28 and July 12,19 at BSC Classroom
Gain a better understanding of the meaning of Universal Buddhism through exploring the roots of the Shakyamuni Buddha’s tradition. The follow up class to ABC’s of Buddhism. How are Buddhist values used to cope with the challenges of everyday living. Full Description 
Forum on American Buddhism: Re-Invention or Re-Discovery
Speakers: Professor Jeff Wilson, Professor George Tanabe and Moderator Rev. Kevin Kuniyuki
Thursday ,1 session 6-8p.m. February 22 at BSC Classroom
What is “American Buddhism” today and where is it going? Does a new form of Buddhism need to be re-invented for acceptance in America, or do we go “back to the future” and re-discover the Universal Teaching of Shakyamuni?Full Description

For those interested in Shin (Jodo Shinshu) Buddhism

Understanding Shin Buddhism: First Steps
Instructors: Rev. Kosho Yagi and Dexter Mar
Saturday mornings, 7 classes, 10-11 a.m.: April 7,14,21,28 and May 5,12,19 at Aiea Hongwanji
What is the Shin Buddhist way of living? Learn the terminology, concepts, rituals, and services of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism to how to find peace and happiness. Full Description
Understanding Shin Buddhism: First Steps
Instructors: Rev. Satoshi Tomioka and Dexter Mar
Saturday mornings, 4 classes: May 26 (2-4:30p.m.) and June 2,9,16 (10a.m.-12:30p.m.) at Puna Hongwanji
What is the Shin Buddhist way of living? Learn the terminology, concept, rituals, and services of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism to understand how to find peace and happiness. Full Description

January-July 2018 DLP Brochure/registration form