In the Buddhist tradition, we have the teacher (the Buddha), the teachings (the Dharma) and the students (the Sangha). These are called the three jewels. It is the first two that are usually emphasized whenever Buddhism is presented in any formal setting. But it is the actual students, the Sangha, where the tradition is actually lived. What begins with faith ends with insight. This course will illustrate this transformation by examining eight great historical disciples of the actual Buddha.
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.”