Introducing Buddhist values and Japanese culture to America
This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the American Buddhist Study Center. Over the coming months, we will give gratitude and appreciation to our forefathers and mothers who started the ABSC and to all the unsung heroes and their untold stories.
The history of the American Buddhist Study Center in all aspects is the realization of the American dream. It is the story of the Japanese and Japanese Americans coming together to build a cultural bridge between East and West.
At the end of WWII, Rev. Hozen Seki and a small group of Japanese and Japanese Americans established the American Buddhist Academy to share all the fine qualities and culture of Japan, including its Buddhist roots of peace and harmony and its beautiful arts and crafts. This initiative was not prompted by the U.S. Government or Japan but by concerned local Japanese/Japanese Americans who wanted to be good neighbors and share their religion and culture with the community. Here in action exemplifies what the American dream is all about – different cultures banding together, sharing their traditions, and building a united and harmonious community.
If you have a story you would like to share, we would like to hear from you. We are working on stitching together our history and the history of the Japanese and Japanese Americans and how their accomplishments and culture became part of mainstream America. Please click here to contact us.
The American Buddhist Study Center will pay tribute to those individuals who aided in bringing Buddhist values and Japanese culture to our everyday lives.
Rev. Hozen Seki, The founder of the American Buddhist Academy,
New York Buddhist Church, and the Arizona Buddhist Temple.
December 15, 1904 – July 20, 1991
Our 70th Anniversary Gratitude and Tribute goes to Rev. Hozen Seki for his contributions in spreading Buddhism and Japanese Culture in America. He was a true pioneer and trailblazer in every sense from the moment he disembarked the merchant ship Shunyo-Maruin September 1930. He was cut from the old school of true grit. He was on a mission to propagating the Buddha Dharma no matter where it leads him.
American Buddhist Study Center was originally founded in 1951 by the late Reverend Hozen Seki. At that time the Study Center’s name was The American Buddhist Academy. Back then Reverend Seki’s wanted to enlighten the spirit and the minds of Americans to the great compassion, wisdom, and teachings of Amida Buddha.
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