hooray for completed projects!

jsc kodo amida buddha (copyright the Institute of Buddhist Studies
Over the past couple of weeks (read: since I turned in the dissertation and as a way to distract myself from thinking about it too much) I have been diligently redesigning the Institute of Buddhist Studies website. The old site was a mess. I did what I could with the original files, but never knew how much latitude I had with the design, layout, content, blah blah blah. But it turns out that I had considerably more latitude than I had expected. So, here it is. The IBS Website version 3.0!

You might be wondering why I’m promoting this small achievement on my blog. It’s not just that I’m proud myself and felt like tooting my own horn (toot). More importantly it’s because I want to promote the IBS. Certainly I have a fondness for the Institute since it’s where I started my academic career (as well as my affinity for Jodo Shinshu). But in the past year or so that I’ve been working for the IBS I’ve come to learn more about what it is we have to offer Buddhism in America. I really do feel that we’re doing something rather unique in the world of Buddhist studies. Unlike Buddhist studies departments in places like UC Berkeley, we’re not completely secular. The faculty and staff are all pretty much committed Buddhists. And part of our purpose is the training and education of Buddhist ministers. But we’re not just a sectarian school (like Naropa, for example, which is all about sitting around in mediation, no offense, of course). We straddle that divide between the secular and religious study of Buddhism. Which, as anyone who reads my blog should know, is pretty near and dear to my heart.

So, that said, this entry is all about (1) hey look at me! I finished a project! and (2) hey look at the IBS! they’re pretty cool!


2 thoughts on “hooray for completed projects!

  1. Love the new site. Someone recently revised the BCA website too, which looks a lot better. I am glad to see we’re finally getting into the 21st century!

    I think one of the best Shinshu sites is the Manitoba Buddhist Church’s site. They really put a clean, sleek website, which I think is inspiring to others trying to make Temple websites. 🙂

  2. Hehe. I was actually present when the BCA website committee was “ordered” to build a better site. But it’s not nice to talk about people behind their backs, is it?

    Anyway, thanks for the reference! I’ll have to check out the other site.

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