Institute of Buddhist Studies
Galen Amstutz (entries on Pure Land, Nembutsu, Amitabha) grew up in an Asian-American neighborhood in Sacramento, California. He became interested in Buddhism after teaching English in Japan in the 1970s, studied at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California, and qualified as a minister of the Nishi Honganji True Pure Land organization. Later, having continued his academic study with a Ph.D. in Asian Religions from Princeton, he worked for Florida State University, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, and Ryukoku University in Japan. He is particularly interested in communications and interpretations problem related to Pure Land Buddhism and has published a book on the issue (Interpreting Amida, 1997) among other writings.