Live in the Here and Now
Presented from a contemporary perspective for ordinary people. Our Buddhist Course Pathway organizes the history, fundamentals, and practice of Shin Buddhism for easy learning.
Study in our Buddhist Course Pathway learning sequence or take courses in any order.
Rev. Jon Turner
HUGE BEATLES FAN
Resident Minister at Orange County Buddhist Church. High School athlete, UCLA mathematician, and computer programmer, who found Buddhism mid-career and changed the course of his life. Earned a Master’s degree from the Institute of Buddhist Studies and was ordained as a full-time Shin Buddhist Minister at the Nishi Hongwangi in Kyoto, Japan.
Rev. Dr. Mutsumi Wondra
JAPANESE-BORN AND EDUCATED
Resident Minister at Orange County Buddhist Church. Born and raised in the Shin Buddhist tradition, educated in Kyoto, Japan. Was a trade and finance professional. Changed career midlife. Received a Ph.D. in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, ordained at the Nishi Hongwangi in Kyoto, Japan, and is a Research Fellow of the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS).
Rev. Ellen Hamada Crane
ATTORNEY, MOTHER, VOLUNTEER
Ordained Shin Buddhist at the Nishi Hongwangi in Kyoto, Japan, a trained attorney, a former schoolteacher, and an avid outdoor enthusiast. Ellen was born and raised in the Shin Buddhist tradition and left the temple for 25 years before re-immersing into Buddhism. Recently earned a master’s degree in Buddhist Studies.