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Friday August 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM PST 
Saturday, August 19, 2017  all day
Sunday August 20, 2017 ends at 12 PM PST

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Jodo Shinshu Center

JODO SHINSHU CENTER                                              2140 Durant Avenue (btwn Shattuck and Fulton), Berkeley, CA  94704


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Deadline for registration is August 6, 2017.


          The 2017 Summer Pacific Seminar - 21st Century “Shin Buddhism: Current Challenges and Future Prospects” will build upon last year’s theme of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism as a worldwide religion. Shin Buddhists from around the world will relate their experiences and insights on Shin Buddhism today and in the future. 

Keynote speaker, Rev. John Paraskevopoulos, a Shin Buddhist priest based in Australia, will touch upon several themes including the importance of spiritual realization and religious experience; rehabilitating the sacred in response to “secular” Buddhism; difficulties in doctrinal terminology; and the relationship of Shin Buddhism to other Buddhist schools as well as other religions.

In addition to our keynote speaker, we will hear Thais Campos discuss the topic of Jodo Shinshu in Brazil, and David Quirke-Thornton will speak on Shin Buddhism in Europe. The program also includes a book talk and signing by Rev. Paraskevopoulos at the BCA Bookstore, also located in the Jodo Shinshu Center.

Rev. John Paraskevopoulos is an ordained Shin Buddhist priest based in Australia and author of three books: The Call of the Infinite, The Fragrance of Light, and The Unhindered Path. He holds a first-class honors degree in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne in Australia and is editor of Muryoko the online Journal of Shin Buddhism. In 2014, Rev. Paraskevopoulos spoke at the 17th European Shin Buddhist Conference in the UK. His talk, “Jodo Shinshu: The Supreme Teaching for the Present Age,” was reprinted in the Wheel of Dharma from January through July 2015, and is also available online at 

Thais Campos is a Shin practitioner living in Brasilia, Brazil. She graduated from the University of South Santa Catarina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy. Her passion for Eastern Philosophy led her to Shin Buddhism via the Honpa Hongwanji Temple of Brasilia. Thais completed the Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course in 2016. One of her JSCC essays was published in the March 2015 Wheel of Dharma, page 4.

David Quirke-Thornton is a member of the Shin Buddhist Fellowship United Kingdom (UK). Formerly a Franciscan Friar, David trained as a Buddhist Chaplain at The Buddhist Society in London and served as chaplain to the Police. David has a keen interest in Interfaith and Intra-Buddhist relations.


About Pacific Seminar:

Continuing in the spirit of the Pacific Seminars which enlivened the Jodo Shinshu movement in the US after WWII, the IBS and the BCA Center for Buddhist Education re-initiated the Pacific Seminar – 21st Century in 2008 shortly after the Jodo Shinshu Center first opened, ushering in a new era for Jodo Shinshu Buddhist education. In addition to the two-day annual summer session, one-day Winter and Spring Pacific Seminar sessions have been hosted in Southern California and in the Northwest.