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Greetings Friend
Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture 
70th Anniversary 
1951-2021
The President's Message
Oh, what a night it was.  This past Wednesday, we celebrated our 70th Anniversary. It was an evening recalling the past and present stories and hearing Rev. Dr. Mark Unno’s inspiring Dharma message.

Thank you, Nancy Okada and Rev. Brian Nagata, for sharing your remembrance of the early years and how closely aligned the American Buddhist Academy and the New York Buddhist Church were. 

The ABSC is deeply rooted in Shin Buddhist values and Japanese culture.  Thank you, Prof. James Dobbins, Rev. Dr. Toshikazu Arai, Prof. Aaron Proffitt, for our round table Jodo Shinshu discussion.  Thank you, Auguste Elder, for your heartwarming explanation of your Buddhist approach to creating your beautiful pottery works of art. 

We also showed videos of Karl Palma talking about Japanese street food in New York City, and Ken Horii on how his Japanese heritage and attending classes at the ABA and NYBC influenced his world-renowned artworks.

However, I cannot thank our ABSC volunteer team enough for all the hard work they put into making this the most memorable milestone possible.  Thank you, David Brady, Edythe Vassall, Karl Palma, Ken Horii, Mamiko Shimura, Mikuko Shimura, Pascale Patris, Paula Horii, Nobuhiro Futaki, Rajnesh Avatar, and Yukiko Sato.   

And especially Rev. Gary Shobo Jaskula, ABSC Board of Director for being our host, and ABSC Board of Director Dr. Gordon Bermant for our opening Gassho.

To our entire team and the Buddhist community, thank you.

Wishing you all a safe and Happy Holiday Season.

Gassho,
Hoshina Seki
 
Understanding Buddhism

禅尼
Zenni
A meditation nun
A woman who has shaved her head and entered the Buddhist Way.

Buddha
The largest Buddha (Daibutsu-Den) is at the Todaiji Temple in Nara, Japan. A height of approximately Fifty feet is one of the Japanese people’s sacred and respected Buddha images.
Wisdom: a Dharma Message

As we start to close out the year, here is an excerpt from Taitetsu Unno’s book River of Fire, River of Water.

Nembutsu: The Name-That-Calls

At bedtime, as a little boy begins to go to sleep in the dark, he sees monsters in the room and cries out, “Mommy, Mommy.” The mother comes into the room, turns on the light switch, and comforts the child, saying, “Look, there’s no monster here.”  He is relieved, the mother turns off the light and leaves the room.  Comforted, he tries to go back to sleep again, but in the darkness, the child sees monsters jumping around in the room, and he begins to cry full of fear.  The mother rushes back to the room, and this time remains with him in the darkness.  She then actually notices ominous figures dancing around on the wall; they are shadows thrown by the streetlight, swaying trees blown by the wind.  The mother wakes up the boy, turns on the light, and shows him that his fear is real but unfounded.  The light is turned off, the child fully understands, and he soon falls asleep, softly murmuring, “Mommy, Mommy.”  At the core of nembutsu, experience is a noetic element that enables us to see things as they are so that we are no longer fooled or agitated by delusions.

Such is the function of the Name, the self-articulation of reality that comes to be embodied in a person.  The ultimate reality in Buddhism is called dharmakaya; it is beyond description, imagination, and conception.  Since it transcends the horizon of our understanding, it reveals itself in our world as the Name, namu-amida-butsu, making itself accessible to anyone at any time.  To truly hear the Name-that-calls is to be led out of darkness into the light of day.

New: Introduction to Buddhism Part 4 - Part 2
Shinran (1173-1263) is regarded as the founder of Jodo Shinshu, the largest school of Buddhism in Japan. Professor Aaron Proffitt will introduce some of the basic teachings found in the works of Shinran and explore key philosophical and psychological dimensions
Seiya Gatha
The Kyoto Women’s University Chorus performs one of the most famous Jodo Shinshu Gāthās Seiya. A poem by Lady Takeko Kujo.
Eating and Sightseeing in Japan
Here is a YouTube video on traveling to Fukuoka and eating local specialties dishes.
 
My Favorite Buddhist Quote

The Perfect Way knows no difficulties,
Except that it refuses to make preferences;
Only when freed from hate and love,
It reveals itself fully and without disguise.

A Zen text "Believing in the Mind."

Please send us your favorite Buddhist quote at info@ambuddhist.org
ABSC Special Offers


Get ready for the holidays with this beautiful 2022 desktop calendar with a different image of the Buddha each month and the ABSC gold embroidered baseball cap. 

We ordered a limited supply for our end-of-year fundraiser.  So order yours today! 


 The 2022 Buddhist Desktop Calendar is $17 each plus $4 for handling and shipping. Total $21.  

The ABSC Baseball Cap is on $15 plus $4 for handling and shipping. Total $19.


Note: You can pick each up at the Study Center for $17 and $15.
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Special 70th Anniversary Membership Offer

The American Buddhist Study Center (ABSC) was founded in 1951 by Reverend Hozen Seki, a Jodo Shinshu minister.  His vision was to create a learning center to teach Buddhist values and Japanese culture to America.  Following in his footsteps, we are carrying on his mission.
 
Our theme for our 70th Anniversary is Introducing Buddhist Values and Japanese Culture to America.  By supporting the ABSC, you are helping sustain one of the oldest Buddhist Libraries in America.  Your support allows us to continue to offer free programing so everyone can learn Buddhism and the beautiful crafts of Japan. Your support helps us continue to publish meaningful Buddhist and cultural publications.
 
Now is the best time to join, during our 70th Anniversary. 
Here are two exciting membership offers: 

 
Limited Lifetime Membership in celebration of our 70th Anniversary*
For the first time in our 70 year history, we are offering lifetime memberships that include all the following benefits.
Your name will be engraved on a beautiful cherrywood plaque prominently displayed at the Study Center.
You will receive a lifetime certificate.
You will receive a surprise gift basket of goodies.
Your lifetime membership is transferrable to anyone you designate. It will never expire.
Your lifetime membership is 100% tax-deductible.
So please consider becoming a lifetime member today, for $1,000.
*Limited membership offer expires 12/31/2021
Please click here
 
Annual membership
Become a member during our 70th Anniversary, and we will send you the ABSC baseball cap as our gift—this great-looking cap with the ABSC gold logo is smartly embroidered on this 100% cotton cap.
Annual membership is $100.
Please click here
ABSC Podcast
This week Rev. Shobo Gary Jaskula continues his reading with Episode 34 with Kōsō Wasan by Shinran Shonin. If you missed any of the Wasan’s, you could hear them all on the ABSC Podcast. We also have interviews up as well.  So, select your favorite Podcast provider to be always up to date with the latest ABSC podcast programs. 

Click here to listen to the podcasts 
Dharma on the Go!
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Dial 607-350-ABSC (2272) listen to the history of the ABSC and an inspiring Buddhist message. 

To listen to our past recordings from Lady Kujo and other various books, please click here.
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