Dharma Light Program -- Illuminating the Buddhist PathThe Dharma Light Program — now offered through the Buddhist Study Center (BSC) — offers classes on general and Shin Buddhism for those new to Buddhist concepts and those who wish to renew their studies of Buddha’s teachings. A stepwise approach illuminates a path to understanding of ancient teachings and practical uses in today’s society. Find a teacher and a friendly learning community to shine the light of Buddha’s teachings on your life.

January-July 2018 Courses

January-July 2018 brochure/registration form

For those interested in all paths of Buddhism

ABCs of Buddhism (Wahiawa)
Instructors: Dexter Mar, Roy Higa, Rod Moriyama, Rev. Hashimoto
Saturday mornings, 4 classes, 9:30-11 a.m., March 3, 17, 24, 31 at Wahiawa Hongwanji
An introductory encounter with the basic teachings of universal Buddhist philosophy. For those beginning to ask “what is Buddhism about?” No background needed. course one-pager
ABCs of Buddhism (Pearl City)
Instructors: Dexter Mar, Rev. Mari Nishiyama
Sunday mornings, 4 classes, 10-11:30 a.m., April 15, 22, 29, May 6 at Pearl City Hongwanji
An introductory encounter with the basic teachings of universal Buddhist philosophy. For those beginning to ask “what is Buddhism about?” No background needed. course one-pager
Forum on American Buddhism: Re-Invention or Re-Discovery?
Speakers: Prof. Jeff Wilson, Prof. George Tanabe; Moderator: Rev. Kevin Kuniyuki
Thursday 6-8 p.m., 1 session, May 17, BSC Classroom
(This is the new date for the forum originally scheduled for February.)
What is “American Buddhism” today and where is it going? Does a new form of Buddhism need to be re-invented for acceptance in America, or do we go “back to the future” and re-discover the Universal Teachings of Sakyamuni? course one-pager
Searching for the Buddha: Walking the Middle Path
Instructor: Dexter Mar
Thursday evenings, 4 classes, 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 21, 28, July 12, 19, BSC Classroom
Gain a better understanding of the meaning of Universal Buddhism through exploring the roots of the Shakyamuni Buddha’s tradition. The follow up class to ABC’s of Buddhism. How are Buddhist values used to cope with the challenges of everyday living. course one-pager

For those interested in Shin (Jodo Shinshu) Buddhism

Understanding Shin Buddhism: First Steps (Aiea)
Instructors: Rev. Kosho Yagi and Dexter Mar
Saturday mornings, 7 classes, 10-11 a.m.: April 7, 14, 21, 28 May 5, 12, 19 at Aiea Hongwanji
What is the Shin Buddhist way of living? Learn the terminology, concepts, rituals, and services of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism to understand how to find peace and happiness. course one-pager
Understanding Shin Buddhism: First Steps (Puna)
Instructors: Rev. Satoshi Tomioka & Dexter Mar
Saturday mornings, 4 classes: May 26 (2-4:30 p.m.), June 2, 9, 16 (10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) at Puna Hongwanji
What is the Shin Buddhist way of living? Learn the terminology, concepts, rituals, and services of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism to understand how to find peace and happiness. course one-pager

January-July 2018 brochure/registration form
 

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(All classes except the “Understanding Shin Buddhism: First Steps” series.)