In the Pure Land Buddhist tradition, reciting the Buddha's Name is one of the important Buddhist practices. It is easier to do compared to monastic disciplines. It is also a practice which can lead to spiritual liberation while living in this world, maintaining a lay lifestyle and while still obtaining Buddhahood. Central to this practice, Amida Buddha made the deep wish to liberate all sentient beings living in this universe. In this course, we will learn the meaning of Nembutsu, and the practice of reciting the Name together. The Nembutsu, Namo Amida Butsu grasps us, transforms us, and enables us to awaken to ultimate reality.

Your Instructor

Rev. Dr. Mutsumi Wondra


Resident Minister at Orange County Buddhist Church. Born and raised in the Shin Buddhist tradition, educated in Kyoto, Japan. Was a trade and finance professional. Changed career midlife. Received a Ph.D. in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, ordained at the Nishi Hongwangi in Kyoto, Japan and is a Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS).