Graduate Theological Union

Ronald Y. Nakasone

Ronald Y. NakasoneGraduate Theological Union
Center for Art, Religion and Education
Professor of Buddhist Art and Culture
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1987

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Buddhist Studies, 1980 (Ph.D. Minor in Philosophy)
M.A. Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan, Buddhist Studies, 1975
M.A. University of Hawaii-Manoa, Oriental Art History, 1967
B.A. University of Hawaii-Manoa, Philosophy, 1965

Phone: 510/659-8560

Current Research and Teaching Interests

  • Buddhist Aesthetics, Art, and Ethics
  • Ryukyuan (Okinawan) Studies
  • Spirituality and Aging

Selected Publications

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Religious and Spiritual Cultures (co-editor), ABC-CLIO, forthcoming.
  • “Evolving Late Life, Dying, Mortuary and Memorial Rituals in Japanese America,” in Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life, Lexington Press, 2014.
  • “Unarigami, Sacred Feminine Voices in Ryūkyūan Polity,” in Religion and Politics, John Thompson, ed. Peter Lang, 2014.
  • “Formless form: the aesthetics of sho (calligraphy),”Arts in Religion and Theological Studies, 2011.
  • “Spiritual Cartography: Mapping the Huayen Mind,” Humanity and Religion in the Age of Science. Hōzōkan, 2010.
  • “Journeying into Elderhood, Reflections on Growing Old in Asian Cultures,” Generations, Journal of the American Society on Aging, 2008.