Tradition and Creativity

The Teacher-Student Relationship in Shin Buddhism.

Shinran (the founder of Shin Buddhism, 1173-1262) felt that his meeting with his teacher Honen was the most important event in his life. These lectures will demonstrate that the teacher (who embodies tradition) awakens in his student the aspiration for realizing the true self (i.e., the aspiration for creativity).

Original artwork by Rev. Nori Watanabe of the Oxnard Buddhist Temple

Your Instructor

Dr. Nobuo Haneda
Dr. Nobuo Haneda

Guest lecturer Dr. Nobuo Haneda is a dynamic Dharma teacher who combines scholarship and passion in his presentations. His perspectives and insights into Shinran Shonin teachings will offer participants an opportunity to expand their understanding and experience of Jodo Shin Buddhism.

Rev. Dr. Nobuo Haneda was born in Nagano, Japan. He graduated from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, majoring in Russian. Having come to the U.S.A. in 1971, he received the Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin in 1979. He served as a lecturer at the Otani University in Kyoto, Japan, 1979-1981; dean and head professor at the I.B.S. in Berkeley, 1984-1985; and a researcher at the Numata Center in Berkeley, 1987-1997. Since then he has been director of the Maida Center of Buddhism. He has publications such as December Fan, Evil Person, Heard by Me, and Dharma Breeze.

羽田信夫先生はバークレーにある毎田センターの所長として、長年において仏教・浄土真宗を教えています。羽田先生は長野県出身で、東京外国語大学でロシア語を専攻され、1971年に渡米されて、1979年にウィスコンシン大学にて博士号を取得されました。京都の大谷大学、バークレーの米国仏教大学院で教鞭を執られました。英語書籍として、December Fan, Evil Person, Heard by Me, Dharma Breeze があります。

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