DR. HIROSHI MOTOYAMA
Ph.D., Philosophy and Psychology, 1962, Tsukuba University
Litt.D., Literature and Science, 1956, Tokyo University of Literature and Science
B.S., Psychophysiology, 1951, Tokyo University of Literature and Science
Hiroshi Motoyama, a renowned scholar, was born in Japan in 1925. Dr. Motoyama graduated from the Tokyo University of Literature and Science with Ph.D. degrees in Philosophy and Physiological Psychology, and was awarded a prestigious prize for his work in the comparative study of Eastern and Western mysticism.
Dr. Motoyama was both a scientist trained in empirical methodology and a psychic who experientially gained deep philosophical knowledge. He was the head Shinto priest of the Tamamitsu Shrine in Tokyo, and a yogi well-versed in the yoga treatises. His scientific endeavors resulted in the establishment of the Institute for Religious Psychology, a research facility (1960), and the International Association for Religion and Parapsychology, an international organization whose members are not only composed of scientists in these and related fields, but are from diverse professions (1972). For the purpose of specialized research in the field of life physics, the Motoyama Institute for Life Physics was established in 1990. Dr. Motoyama was the author of over 50 books (Japanese and other languages) and numerous monographs and papers, and traveled widely throughout the world, participating in conferences and workshops, and presenting his work.
In recognition of his important work in the field, he was awarded the McDougall Research Fund Award from Duke University in 1962, selected as one of the world’s leading parapsychologists by UNESCO in 1974, recognized as an “ordinary academician” by the Instituto di Cultura Universitaria e di Studi Superiori, Academia Tiberina in 1977 and awarded Dr. J. B. Rhine Biennial Research Award in 1996. He was honored by several renowned scientific and religious organizations. He served as an advisor/lecturer to various international associations and institutes, and as a member of the editorial board of international journals in related fields.
In 1980, he established the Motoyoma-Bentov Fund Research Fellowship to assist promising scientists who wish to study human existence in its holistic sense. In 1991, he established the Southern California Institute Japan Branch (Graduate School) in Tokyo.
In 1992, he established California Institute for Human Science in the hope of 1) elucidating the mechanism of the correlation between mind and body; 2) understanding the human mind (unconscious, conscious, superconscious); 3) synthesizing Eastern and Western religions; and 4) synthesizing Eastern and Western medicine (energy medicine and health science). Dr. Motoyama established CIHS in the belief that this project is important for the realization of a global society – one which will require individuals with mental and spiritual development.
Dr. Motoyama passed away in 2015. His legacy continues at CIHS today.
DR. THOMAS G. BROPHY
Integral Health & Sciences Director
Ph.D., Physics, 1989, University of Colorado, Boulder
M.S., Physics, 1985, University of Colorado, Boulder
B.A., Physics, 1982, The Colorado College
Thomas Brophy has a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, was a research scientist at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Boulder, with NASA interplanetary spacecraft projects, and was a National Science Foundation exchange scientist with the University of Tokyo and Japan Space Program.
Interests in fundamental theory led to broader studies involving the non-calculable and immeasurable aspects of the universe, and teaching Integral philosophy, and his book The Mechanism Demands a Mysticism. He is a former Dean of Administration at California Institute for Human Science. Recombining Integral philosophy with astrophysical dynamics led to his studies of the astro-archaeology of pre-historic and proto-historic Egypt, and his book The Origin Map. He has also worked in the IT/telecommunications industry, and found application for fundamental dynamics calculation techniques in gaming and investment theory.
He now teaches Integral theory, physics, and archaeoastronomy, and is proprietor of a consulting business. He has published peer reviewed scientific articles in premier journals including Icarus, Mediterranean Journal of Archaeology and Archaeometry, and IEEE Journal, Science. He has been a featured presenter at numerous scientific conferences, as well as Integral spirituality meetings, in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He is coauthor of Black Genesis: the Prehistoric Origins of Ancient Egypt.
DR. JI HYANG PADMA
Chief Director, Comparative Religion & Philosophy Program
Director, Continuing Education
Ph.D., Psychology, 2015, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Sofia University
B.A., English, 1991, Wellesley College
Dr. Ji Hyang Padma has combined an academic career with her vocation as a spiritual teacher. Ji Hyang served as Director of Spirituality & Education as well as a Buddhist chaplain at Wellesley College for fourteen years. Her work at Wellesley College as an interfaith leader has given her a passion for comparative religions and interfaith dialogue. While some scholars speculated that religion would become irrelevant in the modern era, the converse is true. It is more essential than ever to understand the values and stories that undergird the conflicts arising in the modern world, and to equip ourselves with the multicultural skills to be world citizens, Additionally, Ji Hyang Padma has served as a meditation teacher at Harvard University, Boston University, Babson College, Esalen Institute and Omega Institute.
Ji Hyang holds a doctorate in psychology from Sofia University. Her dissertation research focused on consciousness & healing, through the lens of traditional Buddhist healing practices.
Ji Hyang’s recent writing has been published in Our Neighbor’s Faith: Stories of Interfaith Encounters and Arts of Contemplative Care: Pioneering Voices in Buddhist Chaplaincy and Pastoral Work. Her first book, Zen Practices for Transformative Times, was published by Quest Books in 2013. She is currently writing a second book based on her original research on consciousness & healing.