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Seigen Haruo Yamaoka

Vice-President for Development
H.E. Kosho Ohtani Chair for Shin Buddhist Studies

Consortial Faculty
At the GTU since
(510) 809-1447 
Degrees and Certifications

LittD, Ryukoku University, 2002
DMin, Pacific School of Religion, 1979
MRE, Pacific School of Religion, 1969
Doctoral Course Requirements Completed, Ryukoku University, 1964
MA, Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan, 1961

BA California State University, Fresno, 1956.

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Shin Buddhist Ministry
  • Shin Buddhist Religious Education
  • Shin Buddhist Studies
  • Buddhist Chaplaincy

Selected Publications


  • Shin Buddhist Ministry: A New Perspective, Institute of Buddhist Studies and BDK America Publication, 2017
  • Amerika ni okeru Shinshu Dendo: Shukyo Kyoiku no Atarashii Katachi, Nagata Bunshodo Publication, 2005.
  • The Transmission of Shin Buddhism in the West, Federation of Dharma School Teacher's League Publication, 2005.
  • Pure Land Buddhism: Jodo Shinshu, an Introduction, Pure Land Publication, 1991.
  • "Shin Buddhist Ministry, Working with the Issues of Death and Dying," in Buddhism and Psychotherapy Across Cultures, Wisdom Press, 2006.
  • "The Issue of Transmission of Shin Buddhist Ministry in the West,” in The Pure Land: Journal of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies, No. 27, and 2012-2013.
Courses Taught
  • Issues of Shin Buddhist Ministry HRCE 3014 -  2013 & 2014.
  • Issues of Buddhist Ministry HRCE 3014 - 2016 & 2017.