Bringing together Buddhist Wisdom and Japanese Culture for more than Seventy Years



The American Buddhist Study Center will pay tribute to those individuals who aided in bringing Buddhist values and Japanese culture to our everyday lives.

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Lady Takeko Kujo for her warmth, compassion, and wisdom.

October 20, 1887 – February 7, 1928


Lady Takeko Kujo was born on October 20, 1887, in Kyoto, Japan. She was the second daughter of Koson Ohtani, known as Abbot Myonyo, the 21st Monshu (head priest) of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha. Takeko Kujo became a devout Nembutsu follower and committed humanitarian, a renowned poet, writer, and artist. In 1904, she co-founded the Buddhist Women’s Association (BWA) with her sister-in-law, Lady Kazuko Ohtani.



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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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