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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


Reverend Marvin Harada
Reverend Marvin Harada

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.


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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