“Protests, Patriotism,  and Jodo Shinshu” by Rev. Ken Yamada (Shinshu Center). Higan seminar presentation for Los Angeles Higashi Honganji (March 21, 2021).  Offers views on what Shinshu teachings say about facing today’s social problems. 

“Learning from the Shōshinge” (Part II)  by Dr. Michael Conway (Dharma Seeds lecture, posted March 4, 2021)

“Learning from the Shōshinge” (Part I)  by Dr. Michael Conway (Dharma Seeds lecture, posted March 4, 2021)

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)