February Program Schedule


Saturday, February 4, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm
UNPLUGGED with Larry Hama

Larry Hama is a “Comic Book Hero”: not the one portrayed in fantastic art work or action filled movies. He was one of the original creators who started it all. As quoted by Comics Alliance, “... Larry Hama has assumed practically every role imaginable within the medium.
From lettererand inker through writer, penciller, editor, Hama has seen the industry from every angle, and considered every aspect of how to make great comics.”
He worked as an Editor at MARVEL and became known for creating his famous comic genre of war stories. The most celebrated was his creation of the G.I Joe: An American Hero which ran for over a hundred issues and spawned a number of characters that grew into other features with other comics including Wolverine, Batman and Elektra and in more personal projects such as The NAM.
Larry grew up in Queens as a Japanese-American and attended the New York Buddhist Church when his parents brought him to Sunday services. Now he returns to ABSC as an old friend to share his personal journey that influenced his life forever and being truly UNPLUGGED.
Seating is limited. Please make your reservation early by calling the Study Center and leaving a message with your reservation or email your RSVP to info@AmBuddhist.org. A small donation of $5 from ABSC members and $10 for non-members will be appreciated at the door.

 Place: American Buddhist Study Center Library 331 Riverside (between 105 and 106 Street and Riverside Drive) Email: info@AmBuddhist.org or leave message at 212-864-7424

Saturday, February 18, from 1:00 to 4:30 pm
Omotesenke Tea Ceremony: A Japanese Tea Tradition
Experience one of the oldest traditions of Japan by taking part in a traditional Omotesenke Tea Ceremony. The Yasuko Chanoyu Tea Group, led by its director Yasuko Hara, will be your host to demonstrate and serve tea with sweets to all participants.
The Japanese tea ceremony also called the “Way of Tea” or “Chanoyu” is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea.
The powdered green tea was first used in religious rituals in Buddhist monasteries. By the 13th century, when the Kamakura Shogunate ruled the nation, Chanoyu and the luxuries associated with it became a kind of status symbol among the warrior Samurai class.
It is said that all Japanese Matcha grown today is derived from 5 seeds that Zen Master Eisai brought from China and planted in Kyoto (Uji) in the 12th century. This will be your opportunity to taste the tradition for yourself.

There will be three sessions to choose from:
Session A - 1:00 PM
Session B- 2:00 PM
Session C – 3:00 PM

Seating is limited. Please RSVP with your first and second choice seating on an email to info@AmBuddhist.org . A donation of $30 from ABSC members and $35 for non-members will be appreciated to confirm your reservation. Thank you.
Place: American Buddhist Study Center Library 331 Riverside (between 105 and 106 Street and Riverside Drive)
Please RSVP: at info@AmBuddhist.org or just leave message at 212-864-7424.
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2017 New Years Greetings

May each day in 2017 begin with deep gratitude and thankfulness to a new dawn; for true happiness begins with awakening to Amida's light.

D.T. Suzuki at The Museum of Modern Art
Review of the D.T. Suzuki Event
D.T. SUZUKI At The MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2 pm
The American Buddhist Study Center presents its first annual In Gratitude Tribute Honoree
DR. DAISETZ TEITARO SUZUKI AND HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE

2016 COMMEMORATES D.T. SUZUKI’S 50TH MEMORIAL ANNIVERSARY. We honor him for his cosmopolitan Buddhist philosophy and intercultural point of view. He is a true pioneer in a long line of internationally prominent Buddhist figures in American.

Dr. Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, 1870 – 1966Dr. Suzuki gained world renown for his leading role in introducing Zen and Shin Buddhism to the English-speaking world. His books became standards that marked a profound change in the American public’s appreciation of Asian religions.

This year is the commemoration of D.T. Suzuki’s 50th Memorial Anniversary. He is the first recipient of the ABSC’s “In Gratitude” award. We honor him for his cosmopolitan Buddhist philosophy and intercultural point of view. He is a true pioneer in a long line of internationally prominent Buddhist figures in America.

On December 11, from 2 PM at the Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, NYC) we will honor D.T. Suzuki with series of lectures and Japanese cultural demonstrations, including traditional Japanese tea ceremony, Japanese dance both classical and contemporary, Taiko drumming, and a live Kendo and Iaido demonstration.

This is the first time in MoMA’s history that such an event will be taking place within the museum. This is truly a historical event for the Japanese Americans, Japanese in America, Zen Buddhist communities, and the New York metropolitan community.

The Program
Speakers:

  • Dr. James Dobbins, Oberlin College
  • Dr. Rev. Mark Unno, Univ. of Oregon
  • Roshi Nelson Foster, Ring of Bone Zendo
  • Dr. Akemi Iwamoto. D.T. Suzuki Museum in Kanazawa, Japan

Japanese Tea Ceremony- Omotesenke Domonkai

Japanese Traditional Dance- Nancy Okada, Tachibana Dance Group

Japanese Contemporary Dance- Ai Dance Theater

Taiko Drumming- Soh Daiko, New York

Kendo and Iaido Demonstration- Ken-Zen Institute

Tickets are available directly thru the ABSC or online at this link. You also have the opportunity to become a patron donor. See levels of support. We are also selling ad space in our program booklet.

Tickets:
Early Bird ticket: $40 per person
Early Bird group of 10 or more: $32 per person
On Nov. 25, ticket prices go up to $50 and $40 for 10 or more.

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Saturday Afternoon Buddhist Discussion

Saturday, November 5 from 2:30 pm

Buddhist Nations of the World and their practices

Please join us for a general discussion about the spread of Buddhism across the globe. Three broad traditions survive today: Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana. Each has sub-schools. What are these, where are they practiced, and how does Jodo-Shinshu fit in?
 So, if you ever wanted to learn what is practiced in Korea, Thailand, Japan, or Tibet this is a program you do not want to miss. There will be handouts, including a beautiful colored map showing all the counties where Buddhism flourishes.
Gary Shobo Jaskula will lead the session.

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Place: American Buddhist Study Center Library, 331 Riverside Drive (between 105 and 106 Streets)

RSVP:Seating is limited so please make your reservation early by either calling the Study Center and leaving a message or emailing us at info@AmBuddhist.org 

A suggested donation of $5 for ABSC members and $10 for all others is requested to help cover our costs.

Imprisoned in Paradise


Saturday, Sept. 17, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm
Saturday Afternoon Buddhist Discussion
Imprisoned in Paradise - Priscilla Wegars

Please join us to hear author Priscilla Wegars talk about her book “Imprisoned in in Paradise, Japanese Internee Road Workers at the World War II Kooskia Internment Camp.” Dr. Wegar exposes the United States little-known World War II rendition of Japanese Latin Americans,including men kidnapped from their homes in Peru, Panama, and Mexico and interned at the Kooskia Camp in Idaho. Unlike Japanese Americans who have received an official apology and redress from the U.S. government, the Japanese Latin Americans are still waiting to obtain justice for the violation of their human rights. Here, finally, is their story.

This is the same camp that Rev. Hozen Seki founder of the New York Buddhist Church was interned.

Priscilla Wegars has a Ph.D. in history from the University of Idaho, Moscow, and is also an independent editor, historian, historical archaeologist, and artifact analyst.

Please join us as Dr. Wegars vividly describes the incredible working and living condition in thisWorld War II US internment Camp.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP: at info@AmBuddhist.org or just leave message at 212-864-7424. A donation $5 for ABSC members and $10 for all others are requested.

Place: American Buddhist Study Center Library 331 Riverside (between 105 and 106 Street and Riverside Drive)