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.

The Buddhist Study Center presents Summer Session 2018

“Everyday Buddhism for a Happy, Meaningful Life”
with Dr. Kenneth Tanaka
 

Ocean book cover image

Dr. Tanaka will draw upon his renowned book, Ocean, a forthcoming book, Jewels: An Introduction to Buddhism for American Youth, Scouts and the Young at Heart, and a lifetime of teaching experience to address “Everyday Buddhism” and how it helps to lead a happy and meaningful life.

Seminar Schedule

Each evening: 6 p.m. Registration

Monday, July 23, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Everyday Buddhism: How We Look at Life and Dealing with Difficult People and Situations

Tuesday, July 24, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Everyday Buddhism: Confronting One’s Own Death and that of Our Loved Ones

Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Everyday Buddhism: Turning Difficulties into Renewed Life and Actions to Bring Centeredness in our Lives

Thursday, July 26, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Everyday Buddhism: You’re Fine Just as You Are and Life is a Beautiful Bumpy Road

Friday, July 27, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Everyday Buddhism: You can Always Let Go When You Get Tired and Working to Benefit Others

 

WHO: All those with inquiring minds and curiosity about Buddhism
WHERE: Buddhist Study Center, 1436 University Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96822
COST: Suggested donation $50 ($15 per session)
REFRESHMENTS: Beverages and light snacks will be available.
QUESTIONS & PRE-REGISTRATION: Call the Buddhist Study Center (808) 973-6555

About the Speaker

Dr. Kenneth Tanaka

Dr. Kenneth Kenshin Tanaka is Professor Emeritus, Musashino University, Tokyo. He graduated from Stanford University (BA), Institute for Buddhist Studies (IBS), Berkeley (MA), Tokyo University (MA), and University of California at Berkeley (PhD). He received Jodo Shinshu ordination in 1978. He then served as Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at IBS for 10 years and a resident priest for 3 years in a California Shin Buddhist temple. He currently serves as Chairman of the Editorial Committee of the Chinese Buddhist Canon English Translation Project sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Buddhism (BDK). He was recently appointed Adjunct Researcher at the Hongwanji Comprehensive Research Center. He is the recipient of the 27th Nakamura Hajime Eastern Study Prize and was featured on NHK one-hour TV documentary program.

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

Group photo from the 2016 Summer Session at Buddhist Study Center (“Mindfulness and Buddhism in America” with Dr. Jeff Wilson). Photo by Sydney Ro
Group photo from the 2016 Summer Session

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.

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