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Rev. Kakei Nakagawa
Reverend Kakei Nakagawa, Rinban the head minister of the Betsuin (the direct branch of mother temple) who is representing the lord Bishop Ohtani Koshin of Nishi-Honganji in Kyoto, Japan.
Nakagawa Sensei was born in July of 1953 at the Zenshō-ji Buddhist Temple in Tera-machi (temple town), the city of Hiroshima, one of the twelve founding temples in Hiroshima prefecture, Japan where the Jōdo Shinshū (Mainstream Mahāyāna Buddhism) tradition continues to thrive.
He graduated from Ryūkoku University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Buddhist History, and received a Master of Arts in Indian Madhyamaka Buddhism from Ryūkoku Graduate School. He participate various archaeological surveys in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and former Soviet Union. He has an expertise in Mahāyāna Buddhism of Ancient India and Medieval China.
Aside from his diverse scholastic career, he spent most of his life as a priest at his family temple among the famous Aqui Monto, the devout Jōdo Shinshū followers who live in the Aqui (original name of Hiroshima prefecture) district. Sensei always says that he is lucky to succeed in such a unique Jōdo Shinshū tradition. Sensei is now earnestly trying to transplant the true and real Jōdo Shinshū Dharma to American soil.
Nakagawa Sensei was first assigned to the Fresno Buddhist Church from 1992 to 1994, and later as resident minister of the Oxnard Buddhist Temple and supervising minister of the Buddhist Church of Santa Barbara from 1994 to 2001, as resident minister of the White River Buddhist Temple from 2001 to 2012. Since March of 2012, he has been the Rinban of the Honpa-Honganji Betsuin, Fresno Buddhist Temple.