Privacy Policy

Who we are:

International Association of Shin Buddhist StudiesOur website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

IASBS Members

When you become a member of IASBS, we will ask for your name, mailing address, email address, contact and other information. This information is used to confirm your current member status and to ensure delivery of the Association’s biennial journal, The Pure Land. Additionally, if you pay for membership via the online form, our credit card processing company, Stripe, may collect billing or other information. This information is not shared with IASBS.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Who we share your data with

IASBS will not share your data with anyone.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

IASBS Member data is stored as long as the member is in good standing.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

If a Member no longer wants to be a Member of the Association, they should contact the website administrator and all their data will be destroyed.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

This website is managed by the North American District of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies. Questions can be directed to any member of the North American District’s Steering Committee: