About Us

Instructor Rev. Marvin Harada has served at Orange County Buddhist Church (OCBC) for over 30 years, is Head Minister at OCBC, supervising Minister at Sacramento Betsuin and Vista Buddhist Church, and Co-Director of Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) Continuing Buddhist Education (CBE). Rev. Harada graduated from the University of Oregon in Religious Studies, received an M.A. from the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, and went on to study in Japan, at a Nishi Hongwanji seminary called “Chuo-bukkyo-gakuin” and at Ryukoku University, where he received an M.A. in Shin Buddhist Studies.

"Over the years, I have had many wonderful teachers who have all had a tremendous influence on my ministry, like the late Rev. Haruyoshi Kusada, Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS), the late Rev. Gyomay Kubose, Buddhist Temple of Chicago, and the late Professor Takamaro Shigaraki, Ryukoku University. Presently, my greatest teachers are those asking questions sincerely seeking the Dharma, giving me great opportunities to study and reflect as well. It is one of my great joys as a minister to conduct classes on Buddhism, and more specifically Shin Buddhism.”

Instructor Rev. Dr. Mutsumi Wondra was born in Kyoto and raised in a Shin Buddhist family. After graduating with a B.A in English Literature from Kyoto Women’s University, she came to the United Stated in 1981. In 1991, she began attending the Shin Buddhist temple in Los Angeles. While working for a corporation, she completed the correspondence course with Kyoto Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin. Thereafter, she received the first ordination Tokudo in 2006 and second ordination Kyoshi in 2007 from the Jodoshinshu Hongwanji-ha, Kyoto, Japan. Rev. Dr. Wondra went on to receive an M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) in 2010, and immediately after graduation entered the Ryukoku University Graduate School, Kyoto, Japan, earning an M.A. in Shin Buddhist Studies in 2012. In 2015 she earned the Ph.D. from Ryukoku University, with the dissertation “The Study of the History of Shin Buddhist Thought in America – In the Movement of Buddhist Modernism”.

ワンドラ睦:京都出身。浄土真宗の家庭で育つ。1981年、京都女子大学文学部英文科卒業後、渡米。仕事を持ちながら、京都中央仏教学院通信教育専修科を修了し、2006年に浄土真宗本願寺派得度、2007年に教師を取得。2010年米国仏教大学院 (IBS) 修士、2012年龍谷大学大学院真宗学修士、2015年同大学院博士課程修了、2018年真宗学博士。博士論文『アメリカ真宗思想史の研究-モダニズムのなかの真宗から現代へ-』

Rev. Dr. Mutsumi Wondra says, "Let's learn the teachings of Shinran (1173-1263) together and think of his message for us living here and now." She is Kaikyoshi, a full-time minister at the Orange County Buddhist Church (OCBC), and teaches Buddhism and Shin Buddhism (Pure Land Buddhism, Jodoshinshu) in English and Japanese.

インストラクターのワンドラ睦です。親鸞聖人 (1173-1263) から現代を生きる私たちへのメッセージをご一緒に学びましょう。 ワンドラ睦は、現在オレンジ郡仏教会 (OCBC)の開教使として勤めながら、英語・日本語で仏教・浄土真宗を説明します。

Instructor Rev. Jon Turner and his family first began attending Orange County Buddhist Church (OCBC) in 1999. Two years later he joined the Ministers’ Assistant Program (MAP) there. In 2010, Reverend Turner graduated from Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) in Berkeley, California, with a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies, and received Tokudo ordination. In 2012, he was ordained as a Kyoshi minister. After retiring from a 35 year career as a computer programmer, Reverend Turner became a fully ordained Kaikyoshi minister at (OCBC) in 2017.

"Throughout that time, I studied and practiced Buddhism very diligently. I have also stepped in every pothole, making every mistake one can make in understanding Buddhism. As a result, I think these experiences help me become a better teacher.”

Guest lecturer Rev. Dr. David Ryo Matsumoto was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1976 and practiced law until 1981. He decided to pursue a Buddhist path, earning an M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) in 1984. In 1989 and 2004 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at Ryukoku University, in Kyoto, Japan, and in 2007 he received his Ph.D. in Shin Buddhist Studies.

Rev. Dr. Matsumoto obtained Kyoshi ordination in 1988 at the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha in Kyoto. He was the Resident Minister of the Berkeley Buddhist Temple from 2005-2015. He is the IBS President, the George and Sakaye Aratani Professor of Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies, and the Director of the Ministerial Education and Certificate in Shin Buddhist Studies Programs.

Guest lecturer Dr. Nobuo Haneda is a dynamic Dharma teacher who combines scholarship and passion in his presentations. His perspectives and insights into Shinran Shonin teachings will offer participants an opportunity to expand their understanding and experience of Jodo Shin Buddhism.

Rev. Dr. Nobuo Haneda was born in Nagano, Japan. He graduated from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, majoring in Russian. Having come to the U.S.A. in 1971, he received the Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin in 1979. He served as a lecturer at the Otani University in Kyoto, Japan, 1979-1981; dean and head professor at the I.B.S. in Berkeley, 1984-1985; and a researcher at the Numata Center in Berkeley, 1987-1997. Since then he has been director of the Maida Center of Buddhism. He has publications such as December Fan, Evil Person, Heard by Me, and Dharma Breeze.

Guest lecturer Gregg Krech has been teaching and studying Japanese Psychology for thirty years and is the author of four books including, Naikan: Gratitude, Grace and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection (Stone Bridge Press) which won the Spirituality and Health Magazine award for Best Books of the Year in 2002, and has been translated into five languages. His book, The Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology discusses the "action" side of Buddhism and Eastern philosophy. Gregg's work has been featured in Tricycle, The Sun, Counseling Today, Utne Reader, Yoga Journal, The Guardian and on National Public Radio. He is the Director of the ToDo Institute in Vermont, a member of the North American Naikan Council and Editor of Thirty Thousand Days: A Journal for Purposeful Living. He studied Shin Buddhism for eleven years with the late BCA Bishop, Rev. Kenryu T. Tsuji. He currently lives in Vermont where he rides his bicycle, writes haiku poetry and plays blues piano.