2011 JSCC August Workshop

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This year the Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course (JSCC) Summer Workshop was held on August 13th & 14th at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley. Students who came from areas such as Mendocino, San Diego, Seattle, Maine, as well as Japan, enjoyed a variety of activities including informative lectures, casual group discussions on course topics, Shakyo (sutra calligraphy) and two services conducted by guest ministers in the beautiful Kodo Hall. Special Guest Speaker, Dr. George Tanabe, Professor Emeritus of the University of Hawaii and distinguished author gave an insightful and inspirational lecture entitled “The Uniqueness of Shin Buddhism” in which he highlighted the importance of understanding the history and development as well as the religious art of Jodo Shinshu. Bishop Grant Ikuta of the Canadian Mission  was present to deliver a moving lecture on the life of Shinran Shonin and how the Nembutsu teachings are meaningful to us in our lives today while recognizing the individuality of our encounters with Jodo Shinshu. Workshop meals, organized by Judy Kono of the CBE were outstanding as usual. For lunch the students enjoyed Coq au Vin prepared by Chef Alan Hirahara and the delicious Sukiyaki dinner prepared by all the students was a special treat to remember for years to come. The JSCC Summer Workshop, also known as the August Workshop, is a wonderful time for  students to gather together to share their experiences and meet with the Instructors for a more meaningful understanding of their Jodo Shinshu studies. The JSCC offers new spring and fall enrollments every year and welcomes newcomers to sign up if interested. Contact the JSCC Office at (510) 809-1441 or email  at JSCC@cbe-bca.org. For further information, please visit the Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course  website.