RISSHO KOSEI-KAI ONLINE SANGHA
Who We Are
We have the good fortune to have a group of wonderful practitioners who are skilled at teaching and conducting practical and helpful discussion hozas (aka Circle of Compassion).
We also have a broad range of specialist instructors that we will be calling on from time-to-time. These instructors are world reknown Mahayana and Lotus Sutra scholars that have a very close relationship with Rissho Kosei-kai.
Rev. Kris Ladusau
Rev. Kris Ladusau grew up in Enid, Oklahoma. She moved to Oklahoma City to attend the university in 1972. She graduated with a degree in violin performance and lettered in varsity sports.
After graduation, in addition to being a professional musician, she worked for 10 years in the oil business, drafting and printing maps for geology, geophysics, land and engineering.
She was introduced to Rissho Kosei Kai Buddhism in 1984 and continues to study and participate in this tradition. Seeing the need for a facility in Oklahoma, Kris submitted a plan to Rissho Kosei Kai of Tokyo, and in 2001, construction began on the Dharma Center. The building was dedicated on July 4, 2001. She joyfully helped in management of this facility.
She received the title of Dharma Teacher in Japan in October of 2000. In 2006, she was hired as a staff member of Rissho Kosei Kai .In November of 2009, she was ordained as the first non-Asian Buddhist Reverend of Rissho Kosei Kai in a special ceremony in Tokyo.
She is currently the Reverend for the Oklahoma Dharma Center, the educational coordinator on the national level for RKINA (Rissho Kosei Kai of North America), and part of the staff of RKI (Rissho Kosei Kai in Tokyo, Japan.
Rev. Ladusau feels honored to have the opportunity to share the Buddhist teachings with all who are interested.
Rev. Ken Nagata
Ken Nagata was born in in Tokyo, Japan on October 13, 1949, where his Maui-born father was serving the U.S. 8th Army. The war was over, but reconstruction of Japan was underway under General MacArthur. His father served as an interpreter and translator.
It was during his time in Japan, Ken's father met his future wife. After his military service term was up, Ken's father decided to serve as civil service employee for US government at a base near Yokohama and remained in Japan. Although Ken was not involved, his mother and maternal grandmother were devoted Rissho Kosei-kai members. His mother had weak health, and Rissho Kosei-kai teachings returned her strength and wellness.
At this time, Nagata's parents and siblings were living in Dallas, Texas. His mother told him about the Rissho Kosei-kai in Los Angeles. So, in 1975, Nagata started to attend Service twice a month and join in faith discussions. When Rissho Kosei-kai bought the downtown Los Angeles Church in 1976, Ken became a busy church member there.
As the aerospace industry ebbed, Ken turned to missionary work for Rissho Kosei-kai. He was hired in July 2000 as staff of Overseas Mission Section in Tokyo and spent year and a half in Japan training. In 2002, he then served as the assistant minister in New York. In 2003, Rev. Nagata was assigned to the San Francisco church as minister.
In 2007, the Rissho Kosei-kai Tokyo Center wanted to create a Liaison Center in the USA, so Rissho Kosei-kai International North America (RKINA) was born. In support of RKINA, Rev. Nagata returned from San Francisco to his Los Angeles home base in 2008 and is serving as the Chief Financial Officer for RKINA.
Rev. Nicholas Ozuna
Rev. Nicholas Ozuna serves as a minister of RKINA, located in Los Angeles. Rev. Ozuna graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and subsequently studied Buddhism at Rissho Kosei-kai's Gakurin Seminary in Tokyo, Japan.
He studied and worked in Japan for over five years, Following his ordination, Rev. Ozuna was assigned to establish a Rissho Kosei-kai Dharma Center in Clearwater, Florida while engaged in an intensive internship with the Unitarian Universalists Church of Clearwater. Rev. Ozuna completed his internship in 2010 and serves as the head of the Dharma Center. In 2014, he was assigned to RKINA in Los Angeles and supports Dharma Mission activities for all branches in the U.S.
Rev. Ozuna also serves as the youth coordinator for Rissho Kosei-kai U.S.
Dr. Jane Perri is the Dharma Teacher for this online sangha and for the Rissho Kosei-kai Dharma Center of Dayton Ohio. Dr Perri is a university professor and has been teaching in the online format since 2000 for the Oregon Institute of Technology and more recently for Sinclair Community College. She has been involved in developing and teaching the RKINA 101 Basic Buddhism course since it was first offered in 2009.
Jane developed and led the RK Dharma Center of Klamath Falls, OR which opened in 2006, prior to opening the Center in Dayton in 2010. She obtained her official title as a Dharma Teacher from Rissho Kosei-kai in October 2009.
Jane attended and later taught in the International Leaders Seminar in Tokyo Japan.
Rev. Takashi Yoshizawa
Rev. Kiyohiko.Yoshizawa is the Director of Rissho Kosei-kai in North America. He has been a member of Rissho Kosei-kai since 1955.
He graduated from Sophia University in Tokyo with B.S. in Economics and worked in financial world before he joined to work at Rissho Kosei-kai.