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The late Reverend Hozen Seki founded the American Buddhist Academy in 1951. Our core vision has always been to enlighten the minds and spirits of Americans through the great compassion, wisdom, and teachings of Amida Buddha. In 2000 we changed our name to American Buddhist Study Center but our vision remains the same.

The American Buddhist Study Center is committed to providing Americans with greater knowledge and a deeper understanding into the teachings of the Buddha as well as the teachings of Shin Buddhism, the most common form of Buddhism in Japan.

Over the past 67 years, we have invited well known Buddhist scholars, authors, monks and ministers to speak at our Study Center events. Most noteworthy was D.T. Suzuki, the man who introduced Zen Buddhism to America.


Introducing Buddhist Values and

Japanese Culture to America

You don't have to be a Buddhist

to study Buddhism. 
by the late Reverend Hozen Seki

The Study Center also is a Buddhist book publishing house.  Our most recent publication is Lady Takeko Kujo’s book “Leaves of My Heart.”  Lady Kujo was a renowned poet, writer, artist, activist, and humanitarian.  She was one of Japan’s leading women during the 20th century.  “Leaves of My Heart,” is a collection of profound essays reinforcing Buddhist values introducing to the world a voice which, until now, has been largely unknown outside of Shin Buddhist circles.  


Today, the ABSC is an active organization holding Buddhist discussions, lectures, workshops, and symposiums.  Our mission continues in the founder’s footsteps to make Buddhist values available to all Americans.


The Study Center is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

[Board Members]

Hoshina Seki - President

Josephine Seki - Vice President

Rev. Gary Jaskula

Dr. Gordon Bermant

Mr. Mark Sullivan

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