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Ruth Milander Tabrah

Ruth Milander Tabrah, minister, writer. Founder Buddhist Study Center Press, Honolulu, 1979; member Hawaii State Board Education, Honolulu, 1966-1978; chairman Hawaii County Democratic Committee, Hilo, 1979-1980. Member International Association Shin Buddhist Studies.

Background

  • Tabrah, Ruth Milander was born on February 28, 1921 in Buffalo. Daughter of Henry Milander and Ruth Harwood.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, State University of New York, Buffalo, 1941.

    Career

    • Minister Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii, Honolulu, from 1983. Lecturer in field.

    Works

    • The Monk Who Dared: A Novel About Shinran
    • A novel based on what is known or thought to be known about the Japanese Buddhist sage, Shinran Shonin (1173-1263), who is considered the founder of Shin Buddhism (Jodo Shinshu).
    • Kaua'i: The Unconquerable Island
    • We call Kaua'i an unconquerable island because of this sense of timelessness in the land and its people and, above all, because of the powerful nature of its Hawaiianness.
    • The red shark
    • When his father moves the family from Chicago back to the island of Hawaii, a ninth-grade boy discovers the old-time spirit of the island recognized by few natives.
    • Ni'ihau: The Last Hawaiian Island
    • Hi'ihau, long known as Hawaii's 'Mystery Island', or the 'Forbidden Isle', has a rich, fascinating history put down for the first time in this book.

    Religion

    Ruth Tabrah received ordination of the Buddhist denomination Jodo Shinshu. She was in demand as a speaker on religious topics. She was a leading member of the “Hawaii Association of International Buddhists”, an ecumenical group working in education and social advancement.

    Denomination: Buddhism

    Membership

    Founder Buddhist Study Center Press, Honolulu, 1979, member Hawaii State Board Education, Honolulu, 1966-1978, chairman Hawaii County Democratic Committee, Hilo, 1979-1980. Member International Association Shin Buddhist Studies.

    Connections

    • Married Frank L. Tabrah, May 8, 1943 (division August 1970). Children: Joseph, Thomas.
    • father: Henry Milander
    • mother: Ruth Harwood
    • spouse: Frank L. Tabrah
    • children: Joseph Tabrah
    • Thomas Tabrah
    • Friend and colleague: Takamaro Shigaraki
      Takamaro Shigaraki is a famous Buddhist scholar from Japan. Ruth Tabrah edited his books in English for the Buddhist Study Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.
    • Kosho Ohtani was the supreme abbot (monshu) of the Buddhist denomination Honpa Hongwanji (Jodo Shinshu). Ruth Tabrah, a leading member of this denomination in Hawaii, was a friend and supporter of Kosho Ohtani.
    • Friend and colleague: Volker Zotz
      Volker Zotz is an Austrian philosopher and writer. He was a close friend of Ruth Tabrah and wrote her biography in German language: „Von Milltown via Sable Rapids nach Echigo. Leben und Werk der Ruth Tabrah.“ (Damaru # 35, 2004)
    Ruth Milander Tabrah
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    Born February 28, 1921
    Died April 8, 2004
    (aged 83)
    Nationality
    • 1941
      State University of New York