Buddhism Is Not What You Think

It is logical and scientific, not blind faith

In this class, we learn the Buddhist universe and cosmology, concept of karma and rebirth, and nature of human beings. After the demise of Sakyamuni Buddha, two schools were formed that are Mahayana and Theravada. We will overview the characteristic of those schools, and flow of Mahayana Buddhism into Japan.

Your Instructor

Rev. Dr. Mutsumi Wondra
Rev. Dr. Mutsumi Wondra

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。

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