The Buddhist Study Center presents Summer Session 2022
“Jōdo Shinshū and the Making of American Buddhism
Is Shin Buddhism the foundation of American Buddhism?”
with Dr. Scott Mitchell
We have decided to return to our in-person and online hybrid style of presenting our Summer Session program. However, due to concerns about COVID-19, we have decided to limit the amount of people who may attend in person to 30 people. We will require those who do attend in person to wear a mask indoors and to be mindful about social distancing. Please register using this link in order to receive the Zoom link. We will be posting the edited versions of the Summer Session on our Youtube page.
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Monday, June 20, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m HST. Opening Service and Lecture: “The Buddhist Movement in America”
Tuesday, June 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m HST. “Buddhist Modernism, Shin Modernism”
Wednesday, June 22, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m HST. “The Nisei Problem”
Thursday, June 23, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m HST. “The Nisei Problem”
Friday, June 24, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m HST. “Transpacific Buddhist Crossing”
Dr. Scott Mitchell is Dean of the Institute of Buddhist Studies and a scholar of Buddhism in the West, Pure Land Buddhism, and Buddhist Modernism. He has taught classes on “American Buddhism” and “Buddhism and Popular Culture” for the past fifteen years.
In his book, Mid-Century Modern Buddhism, Dr. Mitchell examines Buddhism in the United States before, during, and after World War II, when Nisei Jodo Shinshu Buddhists reacted to the trauma of racial and religious discrimination by laying claim to an American identity inclusive of their religious identity. In the pages of temple-supported magazines, such as the Berkeley Bussei, Nisei argued that Buddhism was both what made them good Americans but also what they had to contribute to America, a rational and scientific religion of peace.
2021: Peace Through Buddha-dharma
Speaker: Rev. Kodo Umezu
2020: Interlinked: Understanding the Origins and Evolution of American Buddhism
Speaker: Dr. Duncan Ryuken Williams
2019: Everyday Buddhism
Speaker: Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara
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.