BCA Center for Buddhist Education 


A new series of educational/social/fun events for all generations. 

All ages and backgrounds are welcome!



BCA Center for Buddhist Education

email: cbe@bcahq.org

ph:(510) 809-1460

fax: (510) 809-1462

website: www.BuddhistChurchesofAmerica.org


Sat. Aug. 26, 2017, 9 am - 5 pm

Optional: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017 at 7pm - 9pm PST

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Jodo Shinshu Center

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


For lodging at the Jodo Shinshu Center, please contact: gkameda@bcahq.org or phone (510) 809-1401.

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Registration is still open!Contact CBE for availability.

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Book Talk & Signing:

Rev. Dr. Ken Tanaka will discuss his newest books,

Jewels, and Buddhism On Air.

Panel Discussion:

"Engaged Buddhism for Our Personal and Social Lives"

An integenerational panel will join Rev. Dr. Tanaka is

discussing this topic from their personal perspectives.



Sterling Makishima  (Mountain View) grew up in the Mountain View Buddhist Temple, attending Dharma School, serving as YBA president in the 1960s, and currently serves as the board president. He has also been active with the San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin.  In addition to being a grandparent, he has engaged his Shin Buddhist teachings through involvement in projects including: the Tadaima LGBTQ Townhall Meeting,  MVBT Interfaith Exchange, MVBT Compassionate Conversation/Mindful Action townhall meeting for temple members and community.


Sumi Tanabe  (San Jose) been active in various Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) leadership positions over the course of 21 years, including: National Board member - Vice President for 3 terms; BCA Endowment Foundation - Board of Trustees for over 25 years, and currently the only women director; first woman president at SJ Buddhist Church Betsuin; past president of the Federation of Buddhist Womens Associations (FBWA). She is also involved with the Santa Clara County Interfaith Reponse to Elder Abuse; has served as a volunteer with the Stanford Hospital Spiritual Care Program; and is actively supportive of programs for the homeless. 


Steve Tamekuni (Technobuddha) grew up in San Jose and attended San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin. He was very active at church, participating in judo, Cub and Boy Scouts, Jr. YBA and attending service/dharma school every Sunday. When he moved back to the Bay Area after college, he found it difficult to be as active at church, but discovering the TechnoBuddha conference changed that. He now attends and helps organize the annual conference ever year. Steve works as a user experience designer in Pleasanton. 


Kimberly Koga Kim (Technobuddha) grew up in Central California, active with the Parlier Buddhist Church throughout her youth. She returns home every year to help her family and community during Parlier's Obon. She has been a participant and served on the planning committee for the annual TechnoBuddha conference, which helps to engage and connect young adults interested in Buddhism and Jodo Shinshu through a variety of educational, cultural and social activities. Kim works in San Jose in corporate finance.



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Special gift!

 Each registrant will receive a signed copy of
Buddhism On Air, kindly donated by Rev. Dr. Tanaka for this event.



Rev. Kenneth Kenshin Tanaka, Ph.D.

     Ken Tanaka grew up in Mt. View and attended the Mt. View Buddhist Temple. He was an active member of the Young Buddhist Association at the local, district and national levels. After attending the 1969 Summer Session at the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS), he made the decision to pursue a career in Buddhism. 

     After graduating from Stanford University with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, he specialized in the study of Buddhism at various institutions that included a stint as Theravada monk in Thailand, then as graduate student at the Institute of Buddhist Studies (M.A.), Tokyo University (M.A.), and Univ. of California at Berkeley (Ph.D.). He taught at IBS for 11 years (1984-95) and served as minister at Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church for 3 years (1995-98). 

     Rev. Dr. Tanaka is currently Professor and Director of the Institute of Buddhist Culture at Musashino University in Tokyo, a Jodo-Shinshu based institution of about 10,000 students. He also serves as President of two academic associations, the Int. Assoc. of Shin Buddhist Studies and the Japanese Assoc. for the Study of Buddhism and Psychology. 

     His publications include The Dawn of Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine (The State Univ. of New York Press, 1990), Ocean: An Introduction to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in America (Wisdom Ocean Publications, 1997), The Faces of Buddhism in America (co-editor) (Univ. of California Press, 1998), and Amerika bukkyo (in Japanese, meaning “American Buddhism”) (Musashino University, 2010). His books have been translated into Japanese, Chinese, and Portuguese.

     Dr. Tanaka is married to Kimie Carrie Tanaka; they have three adult children, Aaron (Boston), Nathan (El Cerrito), and Serena (San Francisco). His interests include walking, feeding the neighborhood stray cats, looking for humor in Buddhism, and watching the news! 


Books by Rev. Dr. Ken Tanaka

are available at  the BCA Bookstore



Buddhism on Air 

Televised Kaleidoscope of a Growing Religion

"Dr. Ken Tanaka's publication of the transcripts from his historic televised series presenting a broad survey of Buddhism gives form and substance to the meaning of Mahayana, "the Great or Growing Vehicle of Buddhism." -- Ronald Kobata, Head Minister, Buddhist Church of San Francisco. 

 "Each one of these "easy to read" interviews and talks is a Dharma School lesson unto itself, rich with historical background and interesting details. The 52 concise discussions on a variety of topics, with Internet access to videos, are a valuable Dharma School class resource good for all ages." --Irene Asao-Wells, Dharma School teacher, Berkeley Buddhist Temple

It is recommended that this book be read with videos, which can easily be accessed online



A Dialogue with Buddhists and Others


An Introduction to Jodo Shinshu in America

"One of the most requested books explaining the Jodo Shinshu tradition. Written in Socratic form, the information presented is simple, easy to read,and to understand.  Particularly valuable in addressing questions seekers from other spiritual traditions commonly have about Jodo Shinshu."    - BCA Bookstore


The Challenges Facing Jodo Shinshu in the Contemporary World

Engaged Pure Land Buddhism

Essays in Honor of Professor Alfred Bloom

Edited by Kenneth K. Tanaka and Eisho Nasu

"Alfred Bloom has blazed a memorable trail of inquiry, commitment and dialogical leadership. His unique contribution to religious, Buddhist, and Shin studies is gratifyingly celebrated by this ensemble of wide-visioned essays. to savor their scholarly energy is nearly as good as having tea with him." - Durwood Foster, Professor Emeritus of Christian Theology, Pacific School of Religion and the Graduate Theological Union



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