Japenese Ancestral Wisdom Workshop

Ronald Y. NakasoneWorkshop & Worship with Rev. Dr. Ronald Y Nakasone
December 1-2, 2012
United Japanese Christian Church

On Saturday December 1, Professor Ronald Y. Nakasone will offer a two-part workshop sharing his reflections on “Ancestral Wisdom” in Japanese culture.  During the first session, 1:00-2:30pm, he will speak on the sources—Shinto, Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, Christianity, and other traditions—of Japanese Spirituality that still inspire Japanese and Japanese Americans and their communities. He will also explore the meaning of “shūkyō,” commonly rendered as “religion” in Japanese culture.  Subsequently, in the second session, 3:00-4:30pm, he will highlight the legacy of the Japanese spiritual tradition through the arts and elder tales.

At Sunday worship at United Japanese Christian Church on December 2 (10:30am) Dr. Nakasone will speak on “Ancestral Wisdom, Lessons of 3/11” as we begin the Advent season with the story of Jesus’ elder relatives, Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth, who become the unlikely parents of John the Baptist.

Rev. Dr. Ronald Y Nakasone is a member of the Core Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California and faculty at the Stanford University Geriatric Education Center. He has published more than 110 academic books and articles on Buddhist Thought, Ethics, and Aesthetics, Aging and Spirituality, and Okinawan Studies. Students and colleagues contributed essays to Memory and Imagination, Essays and Explorations in Buddhist Thought and Culture (Nagata, 2010), a festschrift that celebrated his completion of one life cycle (60 years) according to the Chinese zodiac. He received the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate Theological Union in 2011.  Both Rev. Akiko Miyake-Stoner and Rev. Kathryn Schreiber (pastors at United Japanese Christian Church) studied with him while students at PSR.  Professor Nakasone is a sansei, born and raised in Hawai’i. He studied at the University of Hawai’i, Ryūkoku University (Kyoto), University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Harvard University. He is an ordained Jōdoshinshū (Pure Land) priest and a skilled sho- (calligrapher) artist.

Pre-event reading materials will be available.  For more information, please email Rev Kathryn Schreiber.

Please RSVP to Stephanie Sumi at United Japanese Christian Church.


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