2012 August Workshop | Aug 4 & 5, 2012

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On August 4 and 5, thirteen students attended the Workshop coming from Brazil, Hawaii, New York, San Diego, Colorado, Arizona, Sacramento and other local areas. As in previous years, activities started Friday evening with an optional get-together in the lounge. Drinks and snacks were served in a relaxed atmosphere and students chatted casually. From Saturday, the Workshop schedule took its usual form: optional tour of the Jodo Shinshu Center, Opening Service, Ice Breaker, Q&A on Course Topics attended by Rev. Carol Himaka, Rev. Ryuta Furumoto (BCA), and Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara. Special Guest Lecturer was Dr. Neil McMullin, accomplished Canadian scholar and expert on Buddhist studies and Japanese religions. Dr. McMullin’s lecture was entitled, “From Shinjin to Shinshu: Organizing and Disciplining the dogyo” and he examined the birth and early development of Shinshu in the three centuries following the death of Shinran. He focused on “the establishment of moral codes in the emerging Shin tradition in that period, and the ways in which the school related with the political (“secular”) authorities of that time.” Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara gave a wonderful special lecture on Jodo Shinshu with creative visual materials to accompany his talk. Other activities were Sutra Calligraphy, Dharma Circle/Discussion, Reflection and Closing Service. At the Service, Matthew Wise received his Course Completion Certificate. When asked if the Workshop met the students’ expectations, one person replied, “Yes, I had a terrific weekend – meeting with fellow students and the teaching ministers, learning about the various practices at other temples, sharing meals together, shopping in the bookstore. And the best surprise was receiving my certificate of completion.”