Membership Drive and Google Form Survey

The Alumni Association is on a drive for membership! We are hoping to have the first official meeting of the Association in May of this year at which we will pass the Association bylaws and elect the leadership. This of course requires that we have members who will take up those roles and inaugurate the  formal founding of the Association. What follows is our official call to those interested in becoming a member of the Association:
The purpose of the Alumni Association of the Institute of Buddhist Studies is to uphold the mission, vision and values of the Institute of Buddhist Studies as outlined in the Strategic Plan, to aid the President, Board of Trustees, Faculty and Staff in the advancement of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, to foster a spirit of sangha among its members for their continued well-being and welfare, and to nurture the work of compassionate service and engagement in the community. Currently, we are looking for members to join the Association. General Membership is open to IBS Alumni and those who have attended courses at the IBS; Associate Membership is open to all. If you are interested in becoming a member, please fill out our short Google Form survey.
We look forward to receiving your completed survey! If you have trouble with the Google form link, please contact us at and we will assist you!
In Gassho,
AAIBS Steering Committee
Thomas Calobrisi, GTU-IBS ‘16
Blayne Higa, IBS ‘19
Jamie Kimmel, GTU-IBS ‘17
Candice Shibata, GTU-IBS ‘15

IBS Grads at the Graduate Theological Union Commencement

Four members of the 2017 IBS graduating class participated in the Graduate Theological Union’s commencement ceremony on Thursday May 11th, 2017. The four of them received their MA in Buddhist studies through the GTU.

From left to right: Meg Gawler, Dawn Neal, Daigan Gaither, and Jamie Kimmel.

Congratulations Grads!

Graduate Reception Sponsored by the Alumni Association

Through the sponsorship of the Alumni Association of the Institute of Buddhist Studies, there will be, for the first time, a graduate reception on the evening of May 18, 2017, preceding the commencement on the 19th. This reception will be an occasion to celebrate the accomplishments of this year’s graduates with the greater community of the Institute of Buddhist Studies.


The main event of the reception will involve the graduates, following an introduction from their advisor or thesis chair, speaking briefly about their studies and how they plan to use their education in their future. This will be followed by a talk from an outstanding IBS alumnus; this year’s speaker will be Rev. Marvin Harada of the Orange County Buddhist Church.


The reception will take place from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Jodo Shinshu Center (2140 Durant Avenue, Berkelely, CA 94704).