To guide your journey
The Heart of the Buddha Dharma
A collection of short essays drawn from the sermons and writings of Rev. Kenryu Tsuji, the first Japanese-American to serve as Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America from 1968 to 1981. Rev. Tsuji established several temples in Canada and the U.S. mainland, including Ekoji Buddhist Temple in Virginia on the outskirts of Washington D. C. Founded with the assistance of Rev. Yehan Numata, Ekoji maintains a close relationship with BDK America. These short essays cover the life and teachings of Shakyamuni, Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, and poignant personal memories.
BDK promotes Buddhism through its publications, community activities, and academic programs at major universities. Whether you are a serious scholar, a committed layperson, or just someone curious about Buddhism’s increasing popularity in America, you will find something of interest here, ranging from translations of Buddhist scriptures to comic books for children. Most publications are available as free PDF files.
JODO SHINSHU CORRESPONDENCE COURSE
This 2-year, computer-based correspondence course allows students to gain basic knowledge of Jodo Shinshu and Buddhism. Students deepen their understanding through correspondence with instructors and reference materials such as video lectures, Dharma Talks and sutra chanting. Students can also enjoy open discussion through the course chat room and message board. In addition, we offer an in-person workshop every summer so students may have the opportunity to build community together.
COLLECTED WORKS OF SHINRAN
The Collected Works of Shinran presents the entire body of Shinran's doctrinal writings in translations that are consistent in method, lucid, and reliable. English versions have been produced drawing on recent Buddhist, historical, and religious studies, and on the rich tradition of Shin Buddhist scholarship. This online resource reflects Shinran's writings only. A two-volume print edition includes introductions, glossaries, and other reading aids. We recommend that you read the Collected Works with guidance in a temple or class setting to understand the context of these sacred writings.
BUDDHIST STUDY CENTER HAWAII
The Buddhist Study Center was established in 1972 by the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii. Located next to the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus, the BSC works with UH and other educational institutions, religious groups, and community programs. The BSC website also hosts Shin Dharma Net, featuring resources developed by Shin Buddhist scholar Dr. Alfred Bloom.
ASSOCIATION OF SHIN
The International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (IASBS) was founded in 1982 with the objective of developing Shin and Pure Land Buddhist Studies and facilitating dialogue among its members. It is the only worldwide organization focused on Jodo Shinshu and Pure Land Buddhist Studies.
AMERICAN BUDDHIST STUDY CENTER
Founded by the late Rev. Hozen Seki in 1951, the American Buddhist Study Center's core vision has always been to enlighten the minds and spirits of Americans through the great compassion, wisdom, and teachings of Amida Buddha.
DharmaNet is an online clearinghouse for Buddhist study and practice resources. It is home to DharmaNet's own in-house databases and collections, and provides links to online Buddhist resources large and small.