Summer Session

The BSC Summer Session is an annual, weeklong seminar with a well-known Buddhist scholar. The 2019 Summer Session will be the 45th annual event.

The Buddhist Study Center presents Summer Session 2019

“Jodo Shinshu in Everyday Life”
with Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara

 

Seminar Schedule

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.

 

WHO: All those with inquiring minds and curiosity about Buddhism
WHERE: Buddhist Study Center, 1436 University Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96822
COST: Free (Donations are welcome)
REFRESHMENTS: Beverages and light snacks will be available.
QUESTIONS & PRE-REGISTRATION: Call the Buddhist Study Center (808) 973-6555

 

About the Speaker

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.).

Past Summer Sessions

2018: Everyday Buddhism for a Happy, Meaningful Life
Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Tanaka
session videos
2017: Jodo Shinshu in the land of Shakyamuni
Speaker: Rev. Sonam Wangdi Bhutia
session videos
2016: Mindfulness and Buddhism in America
Speaker: Jeff Wilson
session videos
2015: What does Jodo Shinshu Mean to Me?
Speaker: Hawaii Kyodan Ministers and members
The BSC YouTube channel includes session videos
more past sessions

Summer Session History

BSC Summer Session 2018 group photo
Group photo from the 2018 Summer Session (click image for larger version)

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.

Upcoming Events

Jun
19
Wed
2:00 pm Shakuhachi Flute @ Buddhist Study Center
Shakuhachi Flute @ Buddhist Study Center
Jun 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Shakuhachi Flute with Rev. Thomas Okano, Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Thursdays at 5p.m. MUST own instrument or have access to one. The playing of the shakuhachi as identifiable tradition […]
5:00 pm Hatha Yoga @ Buddhist Study Center
Hatha Yoga @ Buddhist Study Center
Jun 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Hatha Yoga class with Lisa Yanagi. Fee: $7/class. Please bring your own yoga mat.
Jun
20
Thu
5:00 pm Shakuhachi Flute @ Buddhist Study Center
Shakuhachi Flute @ Buddhist Study Center
Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Shakuhachi Flute with Rev. Thomas Okano, Wednesdays at 2p.m. and Thursdays at 5p.m. MUST own instrument or have access to one. The playing of the shakuhachi as identifiable tradition can […]