JODO SHINSHU CENTER
A nexus for Buddhist education and community in Berkeley, California
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the JSC is closed until further notice. All classes, events and activities have been moved online when possible.
The Jodo Shinshu Center opened in 2006 through the vision of our members to create a 21st century home for Buddhist education in America. JSC houses a growing campus of scholarship, education, outreach, and events that includes:
INSTITUTE OF BUDDHIST STUDIES
IBS is a leading American Buddhist graduate school and seminary that provides education across the full breadth of the Buddhist tradition, with concentrations in Buddhist chaplaincy and ministry.
IBS offers several Master's degree and certificate tracks, and is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
CENTER FOR BUDDHIST EDUCATION
The Center for Buddhist Education cultivates an engaged, dharma-centered community with activities for the public and our membership throughout the United States:
Annual workshops, conferences, and special events
Temple Leadership Training
Minister's Assistant Program
Summer Youth Retreats & Exchanges
Gatherings for Japanese speakers
Seminars on diversity and inclusion, arts and culture, health and wellness
JODO SHINSHU INTERNATIONAL OFFICE
The Jodo Shinshu International Office (JSIO) propagates Shinran Shonin’s teaching to the world with the support of BCA, Hawaii, Canada and South America regions. JSIO also offers the Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course, a two-year, online program for students who wish to gain basic knowledge of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and build community with other students.
RYUKOKU UNIVERSITY BERKELEY CENTER
The Ryukoku University Berkeley Center (RUBeC) supports Ryukoku University students studying abroad and faculty research visits. Students will be able to improve their English proficiency through communication and gain perspective through on-site experiences and academic exchange.
CONFERENCE FACILITIES AND LODGING
The JSC facility includes class and conference rooms, flexible event spaces for dharma services and seminars, kitchen and dining facilities, on-site parking, and accommodations in hotel and dorm-style rooms.