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 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.