Eimei University is the only institute in the United States that emphasize the same programs settings as Shingon School of Mikkyo. Our global mission at the Eimei University is to contribute world peace through education of Mikkyo Buddhist. Our University focuses on 'Mikkyo Studies' the traditional Japanese core Buddhist teaching with “Unification of Macro and Micro universe”.
Graduates can be recognized as enlightened and respectable leader in Mikkyo Buddhism. Programs are based on the techniques of how to cultivate one’s Buddha nature through Gratitude and Compassion. All are welcome to experience cultivation through study, hands-on training, and guided discipline in order to acquire the best resolution possible. Newly acquired resolutions will then be applied through guided practical application in the solving of life’s obstacles. Students will also acquire and learn the knowledge and skills needed through a variety of Inceptional goal oriented programs. We believe that Mikkyo Studies is “Practical Life Resolution” and as a result transcends beyond the typical religious approach in dealing with life’s twists and turns.
Eimei University is officially approved as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization by Internal Revenue Service.
Our global Mission is to provide the world that educates good men better for their family, community, country and fraternity, through the practice of the most important tenets of Shingon Mikkyo: Gratitude and Compassion Theory, Degree of Mind and World Peace. To Educate, Practice, and Enlighten a way of life that binds like-enlightened men in a worldwide leader that overcomes all cultural, social and educational differences.
Through the practice of Mikkyo, students will learn how to best live in the present moment with less stress and less manifestation of the “Three Poisons Cycle”(Anger, Craving and Whinging) the cause of all human suffering. Lectures and discussions will focus on basic Buddhist teachings, and these teachings will be taught through the guidance of Mikkyo Professor or Ordained Master. Not only will students be taught Mikkyo techniques, but also spiritual concepts will be taught which will allow students to understand their relationship with the universe. Individual spiritual counseling and guidance is also offered.
Brief History of the University
1967 Jul Shingon Kunimiyama Daikokuji was established in Kagoshima Japan 1972 Jul Daikokuji School of Shingon was established in Kagoshima, Japan 2008 Mar Eimei University preparation committee was formed 2010 Jun Eimei University preparation team started activities in US 2011 July Eimei Institute (Future University) Opening Ceremony at Hakone Garden Non-profit corporation registered at State of California Student registration started for Bachelor and Master of Art in Mikkyo Buddhist Studies Class started at Hakone Garden, Saratoga California 2014 Jun Affiliated Continuing Program started at College of Marin 2014 Jul 501 (C) (3) Non-Profit Status approved by Internal Revenue Service 2014 Dec International Educational Operation started in Sri Lanka 2016 Nov Name Changed to Eimei University from Eimei Institute 2017 Jul Verification of Exemption Status received from Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, State of California
The constituency and ownership of Eimei University, the Shingon Mikkyo Kunimiyama Daikokuji America, and EIMEI UNIVERSITY alumni have clearly articulated their desire for Eimei University to establish Mikkyo Studeis programs for the purpose of developing capable universal leaders to the society. The University seeks students who are serious about Mikkyo Studies and doing the gratitude and compassion.
The University is committed to upholding Mikkyo Studies, instruction from the founder, and the belief that Mikkyo Studies must deal with the moral, social, spiritual, and academic dimensions of the student. The general objectives expressed below indicate qualities Eimei University regards as generally essential for effective Mikkyo Studies. Therefore, it is the objective of the university to provide the necessary educational environment, instructional resources, and practical experiences so that graduates, within the framework of Mikkyo Studies, potential and abilities, may be reasonably expected to demonstrate the following: 1 Contribute to the world’s peace through Mikkyo Studies 2 Practice core methodology based on Mikkyo Studies 3 Uphold and be aware of potential inner level of mind which reflects outer stability 4 Cultivate oneself to help people achieving higher level of humanities
Eimei University has been owned and operated by the Shingon Mikkyo Kunimiyama Daikokuji America which is officially approved as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization by Internal Revenue Service. We offer mindfulness and educational services for a wide variety of programs based on Shingon Mikkyo Buddhism. Initial function of Eimei University is truly as Mikkyo Buddhist education for members.
There are two different kind of membership to be accepted as students and staff. The first group is bona fide member who belongs to Shingon Mikkyo Kunimiyama Daikokuji America as Minister, Minister in training, Disciple, Practitioner, Staff, and their family member. The second group is member who has been authorized to register with strong commitment to be part of Eimei University.
Eimei University, its governing board, officers, staff, and faculty are in agreement with and committed to Mikkyo Studies as summarized from Shingon Mikkyo Buddhism.
Governance of the university lies in the hands of its Board of Trustees. The trustees select the president, oversee faculty and senior administrative appointments, monitor the budget, supervise the endowment, and protect university property. The Board of Trustees meets quarterly and has a diverse membership that includes trustees with expertise in finance, strategic planning, law, academics, administration, and Buddhist values and learning. All members are highly committed to the success and continued growth of Eimei University.
The university officers manage day-to-day operations of Eimei University. This cadre of experienced executives, working with the accomplished faculty and staff, daily puts Eimei University’s mission into action in curriculum, classroom, and campus community.
Most students at Eimei University receive Financial Aid or equivalent as long as they are members from Daikokuji America. University depends upon Daikokuji America individuals, Daikokuji Head Temple, and contracted affiliation for financial support. These resources and a growing list of supporters outside California provide the basic support for the educational activities of Eimei University. Students who are accepted in special circumstance such as affiliated institutional exchange students or students who cross-register with other institution may be able to receive support from original institution.
Eimei University admits students of any race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship programs, or other University-administered programs. The University complies with all applicable federal regulations. The University, an equal opportunity employer, also hires staff and faculty without discrimination in regard to the above. However, Eimei University reserves the right to, and does, maintain student educational and behavioral standards and employment requirements and standards based upon religious considerations consistent with its role and mission
Shingon Mikkyo, our Belief
Flourished in India during the VII and VIII centuries and subsequently spread to China during the Tang dynasty, before reaching Japan from China in the IX century through Kukai, whose posthumous name is Kobo-Daishi. Kukai finalized its teaching as Shingon(True Word) Mikkyo 1200 years ago in Japan. In seeking the truth of life, a large number of people has believed and believes in Mikkyo. The idea of Mikkyo differs greatly from Western philosophy: 'every person is in himself Buddha and every being (not only plants and animals, but also mountains, rivers and even stones) are in themselves Buddha'. The idea is better understood by considering the Mandala. The Mandala is a diagrammatic image representing the cosmic nature of the Buddha of the bodhisattva and other divinities. It is considered a symblol of the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars and the entire universe. People have always expressed these Buddha of the Mandala in the shape of sculptures, paintings or Buddhist altar pieces (objects used when the faithful are praying).
Operational Philosophy, Will of Kobo Daishi We place own translation in operational philosophy stated by Kobo Daishi, great master of our lineage and founder for first private University 1200 years ago in Japan.
Educational environment is the first priority to be considered for universal learning.
Three different group of teachers need to be appointed. One for universal principle, second for basic humanitarian wisdom, the third for professional comprehension.
Students need to have strong commitment and passion for learning.
Resources which comes from donation need to be well funded for teachers, students, and school with deep understanding from stakeholders and society.
Environmental Philosophy, Campus and Class Location We focus the quality of education rather than maintaining funds for fixed physical location. Campus and class location have depend on donation from Daikokuji America individuals, Daikokuji Head Temple, and contracted affiliation. Current locations are at Hakone Japanese Garden and other designated venues. Those are donated or supported upon the commitment and contract.
Hiring Teacher Philosophy, Three different kinds of Faculty We hire three different group of teacher. First group is who has expertise on philosophy such as Shingon Mikkyo, Religion, Ethics, history in order to provide universal principle of the universe. Second group is who has experience and professional in academia to provide basic academic skills such as linguistics, cultural practice, art, and music. Third group is who has professionalism and experience in practical fields to provide skills for living and serving in the society such as business, commercial, and other professional fields. All faculty and staff will be encouraged to continue their learning by exchanging wisdom in each specialized field. It helps them to keep learning what they need to be sophisticated kind rather than better instructor. Faculty is required to spend time and share obstacle with students at their best commitment.
Accepting Student Philosophy, Commitment and Eagerness Provisional students, excluded public or affiliated, are advised to state their wishes to study at Eimei University in order to encourage and maintain their purpose. Without strong commitment and eagerness for learning, Mikkyo education is hardly accomplished.
Fundraising for Operation Philosophy, Donating resources in any kind Main purpose of donation is to maintain sustainable operation for entire university. We appreciate and ask all donator who brings any kind of donation to preserve operational quality. Especially, students are deserved exempt status from tuition during their enrollment for the purpose of concentration on learning. Faculty member is also to be reserved rights to maintain their social status in finance such as salary and pension for the purpose of concentration on teaching.
Educational Philosophy, Kokoro Education Eimei University is founded on the original philosophy of Kokoro Education. Kokoro in Japanese generally means ‘mind’, ‘heart’, and ‘center’. However, we translate the word as ‘universe’ based upon the teachings of Shingon Mikkyo.
There are two kinds of universes. One is macro universe where we live in, and the other universe is micro universe which resides inside us.
Kokoro (universe) is not locked up in a certain space. Kokoro changes its own shape in every instant in accordance with invisible elements. When the shape is confirmed in both macro and micro universes, and when we recognize the fused body of the two universes together, we call it Kokoro.
In brief, Kokoro education gives the students the methods which enables them create peace inside them and exterior to them both spiritually and materially.
The students at Eimei University will be taught the essence of Kokoro education. They practice Kokoro philosophy and create mindful environments with fellow students, teachers and other participants in the society. When they graduate, they will leave this place with full knowledge and experiences, which they will employ for the peace of two universes in any circumstances.
The courses at Eimei University always take up problems and topics from real life and society. We also employ three recurring methods.
One is moral lessons. When we look back any problems in our life and society with questions, we often find beneficial teaching for us. In Mikkyo, this cycle is called mercy and gratitude. Mercy connects with questions, and Gratitude turns into teachings.
The second is spiritual training. The students are expected to demonstrate the teachings when they find any defects in their experiences. They will acquire spiritual strength through the ordeal. In Mikkyo this is appreciated as blessed transformation.
The third is Satori (enlightenment). The students need to apply their discoveries within themselves to the real world problems. Their learnings become meaningful when they make contribution to the changes of the world. In Mikkyo, this idea is defined as world peace.
Buddhism defines three basic poisons (San-Doku) of human nature as Ton (Greed), Jin (Anger), and Chi (Whinging). Although they are natural human qualities, the students are encouraged to get rid of those three poisons throughout when they practice Kokoro education. It is important to be aware of the three poisons at any conditions.
Concepts and General Regulations
In life one often faces obstacles with worry and uneasiness, fortunately through Mikkyo Studies one learns how to master truth, and through proper and guided discipline bring resolution to one’s life issues. The EIMEI University will facilitate time and space for those interested in wanting to solve immediate issues, and to cure the root causes of those issues.
At the institute we focus on getting rid of the “Three Poisons” through manageable discipline, and an individually tailored structured learning program(s). According to the Mikkyo Studies, the Three Poisons are the root and cause of problems which trigger mental and physical issues. These poisons are referred to as Anger, Craving, and Whinging. Our unique program(s) based on Mikkyo Zen Meditation, Japanese Cultural Study, etc., enables one to restructure his or her undesirable conscious/unconscious habit(s) to desirable conscious/unconscious habit(s). Also, not only will one receive and experience a teaching based on an Esoteric Knowledge, but one will receive counseling from a licensed instructor.
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