IBS Appoints Dr. Paula Arai to Its Faculty

The Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) is pleased to announce that acclaimed scholar and author Dr. Paula Arai will be joining the faculty in January 2023 as the first Eshinni and Kakushinni Professor of Women and Buddhist Studies.


Dr. Arai is well known for her scholarship on women in Buddhism, in particular, her books, “Women Living Zen” and “Bringing Zen Home: The Healing Heart of Japanese Women’s Rituals.”


Dr. Arai blends a rigorous academic background with a compassionate, embodied, and person-centered approach to teaching.


“History sweeps us along in currents that rage with tumultuous whitewater –– threatening to destabilize and disorient us –– as well as nourish us with streams that inspire us to live out of our ideals,” Dr. Arai said about the announcement. “The establishment of The Eshinni and Kakushinni Professor of Women and Buddhist Studies chair is an historic moment for the empowerment of women committed to the Dharma.