Introducing Buddhist values and Japanese culture to America
The American Buddhist Study Center (ABSC) will host its 70th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday, December 15, at 7 p.m. EST, on Zoom and is open and free to the public. We have a great program lined up for our memorable milestone, featuring highlight stories from the past, present, and future.
Oh, what a night it’s going to be! It will be a night to honor our founder, the late Reverend Hozen Seki, whose birthday is December 15! It will be a night for the Buddha Dharma, a night for Japanese Culture, and a night to look beyond the Horizon. Rev. Gary Shobo Jaskula is hosting the event. Our presenters include Rev. Dr. Toshikazu Arai, Dr. James Dobbins, Auguste Elder, Martin Hara, Ken Horii, Rev. Brian Nagata, Nancy Okada, Prof. Aaron Proffitt, Hoshina Seki, with a special Dharma message from Rev. Dr. Mark Unno.
Reverend Hozen Seki had a dream of crossing bridges, moving mountains to bring people together in peace and harmony to share the teachings of the Buddha and the rich cultures of Japan. He was one of the 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans placed into internment camps during WWII. While being interned, he had a dream of spreading Buddhism in America. In 1951 his dream came true when the American Buddhist Academy was established, now the American Buddhist Study Center.
Today, the ABSC community is alive and vibrantly carrying on Rev. Seki’s mission. Since the reorganization in 1999, the late Reverend Dr. Taitetsu Unno, ABSC Board Member and religious adviser, helped build a new organization ready to meet the challenges of today’s needs. Building on the past, the ABSC is a community for people seeking inner peace and a path to happiness through the teachings of the Buddha and Japanese culture.
Since the reorganization, the ABSC has published 18 publications and is currently working on a new D.T. Suzuki book entitled Friday Night Talks with D.T. Suzuki. Over the past decade, the Study Center has held book discussions, meditation classes, workshops, lectures, conferences, art exhibits, and field trips. So much has happened since its founding that Rev. Seki and Mrs. Seki must be smiling down from the Pure Land seeing their dream grow to what it is today.
Our 70th Anniversary is setting a goal to raise $7,000. Please help us with a donation today to help reach our goal of spreading the Dharma and Japanese Culture. Please click here to donate. Registration is required for this free December 15th celebratory event. Register here
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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