Dharma Light Program -- Illuminating the Buddhist PathThe Dharma Light Program — now offered through the Buddhist Study Center (BSC) — offers classes on general and Shin Buddhism for those new to Buddhist concepts and those who wish to renew their studies of Buddha’s teachings. A stepwise approach illuminates a path to understanding of ancient teachings and practical uses in today’s society. Find a teacher and a friendly learning community to shine the light of Buddha’s teachings on your life.

January-July 2017 Courses

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For those interested in all paths of Buddhism

ABC’s of Buddhism
Instructors: Barbara Brennan and Dexter Mar
Mon & Tuesdays, 4 classes, 6-7:30 p.m., May 1, 2, 8, 9, Buddhist Study Center (BSC)
Classroom An introductory encounter with the basic teachings of universal Buddhist philosophy. For those beginning to ask “what is Buddhism about?”

The Many Faces of Buddhism in Hawaii Series

1. Theravada
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Masters
Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3 sessions, May 16, 23, 30 at BSC Classroom
Many Buddhist paths to awakening have developed and Hawaii has become home to dozens of denominations. Join us in learning about the differences and similarities of Theravada Buddhism including Vipassana and Thai (Wat Pearl City). Full description
2. Mahayana
Instructor: Dr. George Tanabe
Mon, Tues, Wed, Friday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 4 sessions, June 26, 27, 28, 30 at BSC Classroom
Many Buddhist paths to awakening have developed and Hawaii has become home to dozens of denominations. Join us in learning about the differences and similarities of various Mahayana schools including Tendai, Shingon, Pure Land, Zen and Nichiren. Full description
3. Vajrayana
Instructor: Dr. Patricia Masters
Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3 sessions, June 6, 13, 20, at BSC Classroom
Many Buddhist paths to awakening have developed and Hawaii has become home to dozens of denominations. Join us in learning about the differences and similarities of Vajrayana Buddhism including various Tibetan lineages. Full description
Buddha and Christ: Buddhism in a Christian Land
Instructor: Rev. Sherman Thompson
Sunday afternoons, 4 classes, 1-3 p.m., June 4, 11, 18, 25, BSC Classroom
Are Buddhism and Christianity so different? Explore the connections and differences with a Christian minister who grew up as a Shin Buddhist. Learn about the Christian beliefs, practices, various denominations, and inter-faith harmony. How Hawaiian Christianity and Buddhism influence each other. Full description

For those interested in Shin (Jodo Shinshu) Buddhism

Understanding Shin Buddhism: First Steps
Instructors: Rev. Mari Nishiyama, Dexter Mar
Saturday mornings, 7 classes, 10-11 a.m.: January 28-March 18, Pearl City Hongwanji Classroom
What is the Shin Buddhist way of living? Learn the terminology, concepts, rituals, and services of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism to become familiar with how Shin differs from other paths such as Zen and Tibetan. Full description

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(All classes except the “Understanding Shin Buddhism: First Steps” series.)