Reverend Yuki Sugahara is from Shimane Prefecture located just north of Hiroshima. He is from a temple family called Kōrinji (father’s side) and Gokurakuji (mother’s side) in Shimane Prefecture. Because he was born a son of a temple family he was able to receive his Tokudo Ordination in 1996, he was only a freshman in high school at that time. During Reverend Yuki’s junior year in high school he came to the United States and lived in Rochester, New York for a year as a Rotary Club exchange student to pursue his dream of becoming a translator for the United Nations.
Reverend Yuki studied Political Science at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. During that time his mother suddenly passed away and it was shortly after that Reverend Yuki decided to get his Kyoshi Certification which he then received in 2002. In 2009 Reverend Yuki came to the United States to attend the International Ministerial Orientation Program at the Jodo Shinshu Center in Berkeley, California. Then in July 2011 he was assigned to the Buddhist Church of Florin. Rev. Yuki also obtains B.A. in Human Studies (major in Buddhist Studies) from Musashino University.
One of Reverend Yuki’s hobbies is playing the bass guitar. After graduating from the university he played in a rock band called Jelly Belly. The members at the Florin Buddhist Church get to enjoy his bass guitar playing on the third Sunday of each month. Reverend Yuki and his wife Namiko have a beautiful daughter, Aoi, the cutest baby in the world!