Nichiren and Shinran: Similarities and Differences by Rev. Ryuei Michael McCormick of the San Francisco Bay Area Nichiren Sangha (September 2023)

What is the greatest happiness in life? Rev. Ken Yamada answers the question by citing the thoughts of Manshi Kiyozawa and Gyomay Kubose.

“Shinran Shonin’s Birth and the 800th year Anniversary of Jodo Shinshu’s Founding,” a presentation in pictures and words by Rev. Ken Yamada (February 2023)

Introduction to Modern Shinshu Thinkers: Lecture series by Rev. Patti Nakai (10 monthly sessions from  Nov. 2021 through 2022)

Bodhisattva Dharmakara: Avatar of the Pure Land by Rev. Peter Hata, Los Angeles Higashi Honganji temple (recorded January 22, 2022)

Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in the Interfaith World by Rev. Patti Nakai, Buddhist Temple of Chicago (recorded May 15, 2021)

Introduction to Shin Buddhism by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, president of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley, California (recorded April 24, 2021)

Hear thoughts on what Jodo Shinshu says about today’s protests and social upheaval (recorded March 21, 2021):

New Abbot Choyu Otani’s succession ceremony on the Shinshu Ōtani-ha Youtube Channel (November 19, 2020, 5 p.m. Pacific)

Bon Odori summer dance memorial in Berkeley, California via online Zoom presentation due to the pandemic. See this special one hour program. (July 11, 2020)

“Higashi Honganji and Nishi Honganji: History and Thought,” a presentation by Rev. Ken Yamada, explaining the origins and split of the Honganji organization and also exploring the different philosophical approaches. Sponsored by the Buddhist Churches of America, Center for Buddhist Education (August 22, 2020)


Lecture by Professor Melissa A. Curley on “The Role of the Teacher in Zen and Jodo Shinshu: On Teachers as Buddhas and Ordinary Human Beings.”   (June 27, 2020)


“Tsuru for Solidarity” service at Los Angeles Higashi Honganji by priests from various Buddhist denominations, calling for closure of detention camps for immigrant children. Talk by Rev. Duncan Williams, professor at University of Southern California. Held June 6, 2020


A Message During the Pandemic: Be the Light  (June 2020)

Protests, Inequality and the Buddha Dharma

-Rev. Steven Toyoshima of the Honolulu Higashi Honganji temple, talks about the current protests, Buddhism and Shinran’s teachings. (May 31, 2020)

How to Meditate: Rev. Miki Nakura

-Rev. Miki Nakura of the New York Buddhist Sangha gives instructions on how to meditate. This video also contains a Spanish translation.

For more information on mediation, please see these downloads:

Fundamentals of Seiza meditation

Fundamentals of Seiza Using Chair


Seiza for beginners


Buddhist Christian Dialogue: Father James Fredericks, PhD

-A lecture on Christian and Buddhist spirituality, especially related to the symbolism of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Amida Buddha. (Recorded at Berkeley Higashi Honganji Temple, April 29, 2018)