Rev. Dr. Miyaji Named IBS Ohtani Chair

The Institute of Buddhist Studies announced Oct. 21 that Rev. Dr. Takashi Miyaji has been appointed to the H.E. Kosho Ohtani Professor of Shin Buddhist Studies professorial chair.

Rev. Dr. Miyaji has been a core faculty member of IBS since 2020. He completed his doctoral dissertation at Ryukoku University, and also serves as a part-time minister at the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church in Union City. Currently, he teaches classes on the works of Shinran Shonin.

“I am really honored to be appointed to this title by the Dean of IBS Scott Mitchell, along with the support of the President Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto and the IBS Board of Trustees,” Rev. Dr. Miyaji said in a statement. “There are many challenges ahead, but I look forward to upholding the mission of IBS by working towards the spread of Shinran Shonin’s message of Amida Buddha’s Great Compassion here in America.

“Continuing on the tradition of academic pursuit with the sole intention of deepening my personal spiritual understanding of the Buddha-Dharma, this appointment will serve as a constant reminder that I am here only because of the hard work and aspirations of my predecessors,” he stated. “I will work to uphold my role in sharing the message of Amida Buddha’s Great Compassion to future generations. Thank you. Namo Amida Butsu.”