Summer Session

Summer Session 2016 attendees

Summer Session 2016 attendees

The BSC Summer Session is an annual, weeklong seminar with a well-known Buddhist scholar.

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.

2017 Summer Session

Rev. Sonam Bhutia with mic (video capture)

Rev. Sonam Bhutia

Jodo Shinshu in the Land of Shakyamuni

The 2017 Summer Session will be July 10-14 with Rev. Sonam Wangdi Bhutia, head minister of the Hongwanji Buddhist Society, Nepal, Kathmandu-Hongwanji, the first Jodo Shinshu temple in the “Land of Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth.” Lectures, discussion, and fellowship will take place over the course of five successive evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Buddhist Study Center.

Raised from the age of three to be a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and advancing to the highest ranks, Rev. Sonam, at age 28, encountered Jodo Shinshu, a Japanese Pure Land tradition.

His path eventually led to the founding of Nepal’s first Hongwanji temple and a thriving new Buddhist community in Kathmandu. Hear his dramatic personal journey and how the story of the Buddha is resonating today with young adults in the birthplace of Shakyamuni.

Rev. Sonam will be speaking on his life as a Tibetan Monk, His encounter with Hiromichi Mukaibo & Shin Buddhism, the Development of Kathmandu Hongwanji, his Spiritual Journey, and the Hongwanji’s Earthquake Relief Efforts. Rev. Sonam will also be speaking at several other temples throughout the Honpa Hongwanji Mission during his stay in Hawaii.

The Dharma Light Program brochure/registration form may be used to register for Summer Session.

This form can also be used to register.

Past Summer Sessions

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