Description & History

History of the American Buddhist Study Center

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. 

The American Buddhist Study Center is committed to providing Americans with greater knowledge and understanding into the teachings of the Buddha, and the teachings of Shin Buddhism – the most common form of Buddhism practiced in Japan. For 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 to America. 

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 introducing Buddhist values and Japanese Culture to America.

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

About the organization

American Buddhist Study Center, Inc.

Hoshina Seki
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