Faculty Directory

Ronald Y. Nakasone

Senior Lecturer in Buddhist Art and Culture

Core Doctoral Faculty
At the GTU since
(510) 659-8560
Degrees and Certifications

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Buddhist Studies, 1980 (Ph.D. Minor in Philosophy)
MA, Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan, Buddhist Studies, 1975
MA, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Oriental Art History, 1967
BA, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Philosophy, 1965

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Buddhist Aesthetics, Art, and Ethics
  • Ryukyuan (Okinawan) Studies
  • Spirituality and Aging
Selected Publications
  • Asian American Religious Cultures, 2 vols. Co-editor, ABC-CLIO, 2015.

  • “On Learning and Teaching the Art of Sho (calligraphy),” Spotlight on Teaching Religions and Religiosity. American Academy of Religion, Vol. 19 no. 3, 2014.

  • Unarigami, Sacred Feminine Voices in Ryūkyūan Polity,” Religion and Politics, Peter Lang, 2014.

  • “The Diaspora of the Corporeal Remains of Lord Buddha,” The Journal of Religion and Culture (Thailand), vol. VIII, no. 1, 2014.

  • “Spiritual Genealogy: Interfaith and Multicultural Reflections on Spirituality and Aging,” Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 2014.

  • “Reflections on the Structure of Buddhist Thinking,” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Universities, Vol. IV, 2014.