Graduate Theological Union

Ronald Y. Nakasone

Ronald Y. NakasoneGraduate Theological Union
Senior Lecturer in 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 Religious Cultures, 2 vols. Co-editor, ABC-CLIO, 2015.
  • “On Learning and Teaching the Art of Sho (calligraphy),” Spotlight on Teaching Religions and Religiosity. American Academy of Religion, Vol. 19 no. 3, 2014.
  • Unarigami, Sacred Feminine Voices in Ryūkyūan Polity,” Religion and Politics, Peter Lang, 2014.
  • “The Diaspora of the Corporeal Remains of Lord Buddha,” The Journal of Religion and Culture (Thailand), vol. VIII, no. 1, 2014.
  • “Spiritual Genealogy: Interfaith and Multicultural Reflections on Spirituality and Aging,” Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 2014.
  • “Reflections on the Structure of Buddhist Thinking,” Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Universities, Vol. IV, 2014.