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.