Course Information

This is a 2-year computer-based correspondence course, allowing students to gain basic knowledge of Jodo Shinshu and Buddhism in general. Students will download text materials, submit assignments and receive feedback from instructors. Students will deepen their understanding through correspondence with instructors as well as benefit from reference materials such as video lectures, Dharma Talks and sutra chanting. Students can also enjoy free discussion with other participants through a discussion board and message function. In addition, we will offer an optional workshop every summer so that students may have the opportunity to communicate in person as well as through the internet. On the first of every month, text material for the course, approximately 30 – 40 pages worth of reading, will be available to download. An assignment, requiring a 500 – 800 word essay, will be included in the downloaded material and due at the end of each month. In summary, each student will have one month to download, read, write and submit the assignment. Some of the course reading will be based on the text used at Chuo Bukkyo Gakuin, a well-known Jodo Shinshu Institute in Japan. Other text reading will be supplied by our own course instructors. All program materials will be in English. This course is non-accredited and is offered as a new and developing program without academic regulations. A certificate will be issued upon completion of all subjects. Enrollment is limited to first 15 students.


Course Topics

General Buddhism

Origin of Buddhism
Teaching of Sakyamuni Buddha
Development of Buddhism
Transmission to the East

Shinshu I

Shinran Shonin’s life
Jodo Shinshu teaching

Shinshu II

The Three Pure Land Sutras
The Seven Masters

History of Jodo Shinshu

The development of Jodo Shinshu after Shinran Shonin passed away
The history of the overseas organizations


General Spring Course Schedule logo_pdf_tiny

General Fall Course Schedule logo_pdf_tiny


The following ministers will be corresponding (respective districts indicated):

Rev. Henry Adams (BCA)
Rev. Kenji Akahoshi (BCA)
Rev. Harry Bridge (BCA)
Rev. Ryuta Furumoto (BCA)
Rev. Matthew Hamasaki (BCA)
Rev. Nariaki Hayashi (BCA)
Rev. Jerry Hirano (BCA)

Rev. Ai Hironaka (Hawaii)
Rev. Grant Ikuta (Canada)
Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara (BCA)
Rev. James Martin (Canada)
Rev. Takashi Miyaji (BCA)
Rev. Gene Sekiya (Hongwanji)

Rev. Yuki Sugahara (BCA)
Rev. Bert Sumikawa (Hawaii)
Rev. Kazunori Takahashi (Hawaii)
Rev. Koho Takata (BCA)
Rev. Richard Tennes (Hawaii)
Rev. Mutsumi Wondra (BCA)


Course tuition $360.00 per year ($720.00 total) Tuition is nonrefundable Payment due by Feb. 15 for the Spring Enrollment; and by Aug. 15 for the Fall Enrollment Payment Methods

Paypal (credit card / Paypal account)
Check (U.S. only)