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.

July-December 2017 Courses

July-Dec 2017 brochure/registration form

For those interested in all paths of Buddhism

ABC’s of Buddhism
Instructors: Raymond Takiue Jr. and Dexter Mar
Thursdays, 4 classes, 6-7:30 p.m., Oct.5-26, Buddhist Study Center (BSC) Classroom
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
Buddha’s Cafe Happy Hour
Hosts: various ministers & lay minister assistants
Thursdays, Monthly, 4:30-6p.m., Starting September 14 BSC “Cafe” (Classroom)
Relax and Refresh at the BSC Cafe on the second Thursday of each month (Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14). Come and enjoy cold refreshments in an informal setting. Focus on “Science and Spirituality” by exploring the book “The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll. Full Description

For those interested in Shin (Jodo Shinshu) Buddhism

Understanding Shin Buddhism: First Steps
Instructors: Rev. Kojun Hashimoto, Dexter Mar, Roy Higa, and Rod Moriyama
Saturday mornings, 7 classes, 10-11 a.m.: July 29-September 23, Wahiawa Hongwanji Mission Classroom
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
PureLand Buddhism & the Shin Path: Exploring to Jodo Shinshu
Instructors: Rev. Kevin Kuniyuki
Monday evenings, 6 classes, 6:30-8:30p.m., November 6,13,20,27 December 4,11 Buddhist Study Center (BSC) Classroom
Gain a better understanding of the meaning of Hawaii-American Shin Buddhism through exploring the roots of the Pure Land tradition. The historical development of the Jodo Shinshu path from India to America will be explained to provide context for the evolution to the West. Full Description

July-Dec 2017 brochure/registration form