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 2017 Courses

January-July 2017 brochure/registration form

For those interested in all paths of Buddhism

ABC’s of Buddhism
Instructors: Barbara Brennan and Dexter Mar
Mon & Tuesdays, 4 classes, 6-7:30 p.m., May 1, 2, 8, 9, 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?” Full description

The Many Faces of Buddhism in Hawaii Series

1. Theravada
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Masters
Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3 sessions, May 16, 23, 30 at BSC Classroom
Many Buddhist paths to awakening have developed and Hawaii has become home to dozens of denominations. Join us in learning about the differences and similarities of Theravada Buddhism including Vipassana and Thai (Wat Pearl City). Full description
2. Mahayana
Instructor: Dr. George Tanabe
Mon, Tues, Wed, Friday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 4 sessions, June 26, 27, 28, 30 at BSC Classroom
Many Buddhist paths to awakening have developed and Hawaii has become home to dozens of denominations. Join us in learning about the differences and similarities of various Mahayana schools including Tendai, Shingon, Pure Land, Zen and Nichiren. Full description
3. Vajrayana
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Masters
Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3 sessions, June 6, 13, 20, at BSC Classroom
Many Buddhist paths to awakening have developed and Hawaii has become home to dozens of denominations. Join us in learning about the differences and similarities of Vajrayana Buddhism including various Tibetan lineages. Full description
Buddha and Christ: Buddhism in a Christian Land
Instructor: Rev. Sherman Thompson
Sunday afternoons, 4 classes, 1-3 p.m., June 4, 11, 18, 25, BSC Classroom
Are Buddhism and Christianity so different? Explore the connections and differences with a Christian minister who grew up as a Shin Buddhist. Learn about the Christian beliefs, practices, various denominations, and inter-faith harmony. How Hawaiian Christianity and Buddhism influence each other. Full description

For those interested in Shin (Jodo Shinshu) Buddhism

Understanding Shin Buddhism: First Steps
Instructors: Rev. Mari Nishiyama, Dexter Mar
Saturday mornings, 7 classes, 10-11 a.m.: January 28-March 18, Pearl City Hongwanji Classroom
What is the Shin Buddhist way of living? Learn the terminology, concepts, rituals, and services of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism to become familiar with how Shin differs from other paths such as Zen and Tibetan. Full description

January-July 2017 brochure/registration form
 

Featured Events

May
30
Tue
6:30 pm The Many Faces of Buddhism in Ha... @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
The Many Faces of Buddhism in Ha... @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
May 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Many Faces of Buddhism in Hawaii - Theravada (Dharma Light) @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
The Many Faces of Buddhism in Hawaii Series 1. Theravada Instructor: Dr. Patricia Masters Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3 sessions, May 16, 23, 30 at BSC Classroom Many Buddhist paths […]
Jun
4
Sun
1:00 pm Buddha and Christ: Buddhism in a... @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
Buddha and Christ: Buddhism in a... @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
Jun 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Buddha and Christ: Buddhism in a Christian Land (Dharma Light) @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
Buddha and Christ: Buddhism in a Christian Land Instructor: Rev. Sherman Thompson Sunday afternoons, 4 classes, 1-3 p.m., June 4, 11, 18, 25, BSC Classroom Are Buddhism and Christianity so […]
Jun
6
Tue
6:30 pm The Many Faces of Buddhism in Ha... @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
The Many Faces of Buddhism in Ha... @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
Jun 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Many Faces of Buddhism in Hawaii Series - Vajrayana (Dharma Light) @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
The Many Faces of Buddhism in Hawaii Series 3. Vajrayana Instructor: Dr. Patricia Masters Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3 sessions, June 6, 13, 20, at BSC Classroom Many Buddhist paths […]
Jun
11
Sun
1:00 pm Buddha and Christ: Buddhism in a... @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
Buddha and Christ: Buddhism in a... @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
Jun 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Buddha and Christ: Buddhism in a Christian Land (Dharma Light) @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
Buddha and Christ: Buddhism in a Christian Land Instructor: Rev. Sherman Thompson Sunday afternoons, 4 classes, 1-3 p.m., June 4, 11, 18, 25, BSC Classroom Are Buddhism and Christianity so […]
Jun
13
Tue
6:30 pm The Many Faces of Buddhism in Ha... @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
The Many Faces of Buddhism in Ha... @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
Jun 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Many Faces of Buddhism in Hawaii Series - Vajrayana (Dharma Light) @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
The Many Faces of Buddhism in Hawaii Series 3. Vajrayana Instructor: Dr. Patricia Masters Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3 sessions, June 6, 13, 20, at BSC Classroom Many Buddhist paths […]