The 48 Vows of the Larger Sutra

A lecture series by Rev. Marvin Harada

Rev. Harada is a minister at the Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim, California. He is also Co-Director of the Center for Buddhist Education at the Jodo Shinshu Center

The engaging Rev. Marvin Harada will be the speaker for the lecture series, "The 48 Vows of the Larger Sutra," scheduled for Monday October 22, and Monday, October 29. The 48 Vows of the Larger Sutra (also known as the Sukhavativyuha Sutra), form the core of this Sutra (teaching of the Buddha) , and this sutra is itself the most important sutra of Shin Buddhism. These vows were made by Amida Buddha, the Buddha of Infinite Light and Life, while he was still a bodhisattva or "buddha-to-be," and represent Amida's compassion for all sentient beings, including us today. Therefore these lectures will ultimately explore what our deepest concerns are as human beings.

These classes offer an excellent opportunity to learn not only about the unique Jodo Shinshu tradition, but also about the ancient and timeless teachings of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni upon which Jodo Shinshu—and all Buddhist traditions—are based. Lectures are open to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike and will be held at West Covina Buddhist Temple (map) and will begin at 7:00 pm. Cost for the series of 2 lectures is $20. E-mail the temple or call the temple at (626) 913-0622 for more info or to register.

Rev. Harada was born and raised on his family’s farm in Ontario, Oregon. He attended the Idaho-Oregon Buddhist Temple in Ontario, Oregon, received his B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Oregon, an M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the Institute of Buddhist Studies and also an M.A. from Ryukoku University in Kyoto, Japan.

In Chicago, Rev. Harada studied under Rev. Gyomay Kubose at the Buddhist Temple of Chicago from 1980-1981. Following this, he studied in Kyoto, Japan from 1981 through 1986.