The Buddhist Study Center presents Summer Session 2019
“Jodo Shinshu in Everyday Life”
with Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara
Each evening: 6 p.m. Registration
Monday, August 12, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tuesday, August 13, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Thursday, August 15, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday, August 16, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara was born in Kure City in Hiroshima Prefecture, and is the oldest son of a temple family. He received his B.A. in English Education in 1997 from Hiroshima University, before obtaining his Tokudo Ordination in 1998 and his Kyoshi Certification in 1999. In March 2000 he completed his M.A. in Jodo Shinshu Studies at Ryukoku University, and went on to complete the Ph. D. Program coursework in Jodo Shinshu Studies in 2003. In 2006, Rev. Kuwahara received his M.A. in Jodo Shinshu Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies. Afterwards, he went on to become one of the office staff at the Hongwanji International Department that same year. In 2007, he became the current Program Coordinator for the Hongwanji Office, and in 2009 he also became one of the current Adjunct Faculty for the Institute of Buddhist Studies. He was the former Co-Director of the BCA Center for Buddhist Education from August 2012 until December 2017.
Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara is currently the supervising minister at Berkeley Buddhist Temple in Berkeley, California. He has a wife, Hitomi, and three sons: Takato, Eight and Hiroto. He likes to eat, and his favorite kind of food is American food (potato chips, pizza, burgers, etc.).
Summer Session held its first classes in 1974 with Dr. Alfred Bloom and Dr. Mokusen Miyuki. For over 40 years, distinguished teachers including Dr. Taitetsu Unno, Rev. Gyomay Kubose, Dr. George Tanabe, Prof. Takamaro Shigaraki, Dr. Mark Unno, Rev. Ruth Tabrah, Dr. David Matsumoto, Rev. Marvin Harada, Rev. William Masuda have shared their knowledge and perspectives on Buddhism through this program.