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Taking Amida’s Vows as Our Own

Cultivating a Culture of Compassion

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In this age of darkness, in which greed, anger, and foolishness abound, Shin Buddhism offers insights that can bring about a transformation of consciousness and cultivate a culture of compassion in ourselves and the world.


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Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto
Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto

Guest lecturer Rev. Dr. David Ryo Matsumoto was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in St.Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1976 and practiced law until 1981. He decided to pursue a Buddhist path, earning an M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) in 1984. In 1989 and 2004 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at Ryukoku University, in Kyoto, Japan, and in 2007 he received his Ph.D. in Shin Buddhist Studies.

Rev. Dr. Matsumoto obtained Kyoshi ordination in 1988 at the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha in Kyoto. He was the Resident Minister of the Berkeley Buddhist Temple from 2005-2015. He is the IBS President, the George and Sakaye Aratani Professor of Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies, and the Director of the Ministerial Education and Certificate in Shin Buddhist Studies Programs.


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