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From Practical to True Buddhism

Initially, we seek to find help in our everyday lives but ultimately Buddhism reveals a deeper truth.

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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.


Your Instructor


Rev. Marvin Harada
Rev. Marvin Harada

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.”


Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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