It is important not to think of Buddhism as a philosophy in the same sense that we do Western philosophy. For example, Nagarjuna, Dogen and Shinran are expressing their personal religious understandings rather than making objective statements about the external world. Therefore, they are not the Eastern equivalents of Aristotle, Plato or Descarte. This course will explore how Buddhist practices become captured as texts. That is, the explanation follows the experience.

Your Instructor

Rev. Jon Turner


Lead Minister for Everyday Buddhist. Resident Minister at Orange County Buddhist Church. High School athlete, UCLA mathematician, and computer programmer, who found Buddhism mid-career and changed the course of his life. Earned a Master’s degree from the Institute of Buddhist Studies and was ordained as a full-time Shin Buddhist Minister at the Nishi Hongwangi in Kyoto, Japan.