Summer Session

The BSC Summer Session is an annual, weeklong seminar with a well-known Buddhist scholar. The 2018 Summer Session will be the 44th annual event.

2018 Summer Session

with Dr. Kenneth Tanaka

The 2018 Summer Session will be July 23-27 with Dr. Kenneth Tanaka, acclaimed author of Ocean, an Introduction to Jodo Shinshu in America (1997) and new books “Jewels” and “Buddhism on Air” explores how Shin Buddhism can be used to deal with everyday life.

Lectures, discussion, and fellowship will take place over the course of five successive evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Buddhist Study Center.

Registration

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

Dr. Kenneth Tanaka speaking and gesturing

Dr. Kenneth Tanaka. The image is from a talk at the Living Dharma Center in 2014 (Canada).

Past Summer Sessions

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

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.

Featured Events

May
12
Sat
10:00 am Understanding Shin Buddhism: Fir... @ Aiea Hongwanji Mission
Understanding Shin Buddhism: Fir... @ Aiea Hongwanji Mission
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
What is the Shin Buddhist way of living? Learn the terminology, concepts, rituals, and services of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism to understand how to find peace and happiness. See more here.
May
17
Thu
6:00 pm Forum on American Buddhism @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
Forum on American Buddhism @ Buddhist Study Center classroom
May 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Forum on American Buddhism @ Buddhist Study Center classroom | Honolulu | Hawaii | United States
Forum on American Buddhism: Re-Invention or Re-Discovery? Speakers: Prof. Jeff Wilson, Prof. George Tanabe; Moderator: Rev. Kevin Kuniyuki Thursday 6-8 p.m., 1 session, May 17, BSC Classroom What is “American […]
May
19
Sat
10:00 am Understanding Shin Buddhism: Fir... @ Aiea Hongwanji Mission
Understanding Shin Buddhism: Fir... @ Aiea Hongwanji Mission
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
What is the Shin Buddhist way of living? Learn the terminology, concepts, rituals, and services of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism to understand how to find peace and happiness. See more here.
May
26
Sat
2:00 pm Understanding Shin Buddhism: Fir... @ Puna Hongwanji Mission
Understanding Shin Buddhism: Fir... @ Puna Hongwanji Mission
May 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
What is the Shin Buddhist way of living? Learn the terminology, concepts, rituals, and services of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism to understand how to find peace and happiness. See more here
Jun
2
Sat
10:00 am Understanding Shin Buddhism: Fir... @ Puna Hongwanji Mission
Understanding Shin Buddhism: Fir... @ Puna Hongwanji Mission
Jun 2 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
What is the Shin Buddhist way of living? Learn the terminology,concepts, rituals, and services of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism to understand how to find peace and happiness. This also includes the […]