This course will examine the transition from living a life of happiness to living a life of transcendence. Both are mutually re-enforcing. We learn how to remove obstacles from our lives and to no longer see obstacles as obstacles.
My name is Reverend Marvin Harada, one of three full-time online instructors. I have had the privilege of serving as a minister at the Orange County Buddhist Church for the past 31 years. I 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 I received an M.A. in Shin Buddhist Studies.
Over the years I have had some wonderful teachers, like the late Rev. Haruyoshi Kusada, at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, the late Rev. Gyomay Kubose of the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, and the late Professor Takamaro Shigaraki, of Ryukoku University. They have all had a tremendous influence on my ministry.
Presently, my greatest teachers are the members of my temple, whose questions and sincere seeking of the Dharma give me great opportunities to study and reflect as well. It is one of my great joys as a minister, to conduct classes within our Buddhist Education Center, on Buddhism and more specifically Shin Buddhism.