Shinran Shonin’s (1173–1263 AD) experience of the Buddhadharma is the foundation of Shin Buddhism and the Buddhist Churches of America. To clarify and deepen our understanding of his experience is the activity of Buddhist Education.
The BCA Center for Buddhist Education and the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) are two primary resources that provide educational opportunities for the Buddhist Churches of America. The BCA Center for Buddhist Education offers continuing education programs for ministers, training sessions for certified minister’s assistants, leadership training and support to temple leaders, youth and affiliate organizations and public education events for the broader public. The Institute of Buddhist Studies, in affiliation with Ryukoku University of Kyoto and the Graduate Theological Union, (GTU), provides graduate study programs.