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.
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.”