Summer Session

The BSC Summer Session is an annual, week-long seminar with a well-known Buddhist scholar. The 2021 Summer Session will be the 47th annual event.

The Buddhist Study Center presents Summer Session 2021

“Peace Through Buddha-dharma”
with Rev. Kodo Umezu


Seminar Schedule

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing regulations, we have decided to hold the Summer Session 2021 entirely online this year. There is no registration needed. Please check back here for the Youtube livestream link. There are different links for each day, so please make sure you clicked the right video!


Monday, July 12, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m HST. Peace Through Buddha-dharma.

Monday Livestream Link

Tuesday, July 13, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m HST. Inner Peace.

Tuesday Livestream Link

Wednesday, July 14, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m HST. Every Day Peace.

Wednesday Livestream Link

Thursday, July 15, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m HST. World Peace.

Thursday Livestream Link

Friday, July 16, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m HST. Peace Through Buddha-dharma.

Friday Livestream Link


WHO: All those with inquiring minds and curiosity about Buddhism
COST: Free (Donations are welcome)
QUESTIONS: Call the Buddhist Study Center (808) 973-6555

About the Speaker

After 47 years of dedicated ministry and service to the Buddhist Churches of America, Rev. Kodo Umezu, Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America, retired from the BCA ministry on March 31, 2020. Prior to assuming the position of Bishop and Superintendent of the Hongwanji-ha North America District in 2012, Rev. Umezu served as the resident minister at the Fresno Betsuin Buddhist Temple, Los Angeles Honpa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, and the Buddhist Church of Oakland. Additionally, Rev. Umezu also served as the Director of the BCA Center for Buddhist Education, and Chancellor of the Institute of Buddhist Studies.


Past Summer Sessions

2020: Interlinked: Understanding the Origins and Evolution of American Buddhism

Speaker: Dr. Duncan Ryuken Williams

session videos

2019: Everyday Buddhism

Speaker: Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara

session videos

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
2014: Resolving Life’s Problems through Buddhism
Speaker: Marvin Harada
2013: The Power of Shin Buddhism
Speaker: Mark Unno
2012: The inner workings of Shin Buddhism: Savoring the spirituality of Gutoku Shinran
Speaker: William Masuda
2011: Shin Buddhist Theology: Questions of good & evil, humanness, and salvation
Speaker: David Matsumoto
2010: Rethinking Jodo Shinshu
Speaker: Toshikazu Arai
2009: Inconceivable Life: Buddhist compassion in the Ocean of Light
Speaker: Mark & Ty Unno
2008: Coping with Life and Death: Buddhist Style
Speaker: Carl Becker
2007: Foundation of Buddha Dharma: How to live in Metta (loving kindness)in Today’s world
Speaker: Shoyo Taniguchi
2006: Joy and Appreciation of Shin Buddhism through Shoshinge
Speaker: Eisho Nasu
2005: Learn the Dharma Through life and thought of Great Buddhists
Speaker: Marvin Harada
2004: Back to the Basics
Speaker: Toshikazu Arai
2003: The Growth of American Buddhism: The Role of Shin Buddhism
Speaker: Ken Tanaka
2002: The Conemplation Sutra: PureLand Path of Exclusion and Inclusion
Speaker: David Matsumoto
2001: The Larger Sutra
Speaker: Nobuo Haneda
2000: Dharma Experience Through Poetry
Speaker: Ty Unno

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.