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Saturday Buddhist Discussion


Saturday, May 7, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm
Buddhist Discussion: What is Shin Buddhism?
DT Suzuki

Please join us as we listen to an old 1950’s recording on Shin Buddhism.  This talk was written by D.T. Suzuki and given by Mihoko Okamura.  Ms. Okamura was D.T. Suzuki’s assistant from the early 50’s until his death in 1966.  This rare recording has been in storage from the early 70’s and this is the first time being played in many years.
  A discussion will follow the recording.  We will compare our knowledge of Shin Buddhism today to how it was explained back in the early 1950’s when few American knew about Shinran Shonin and his teachings.
  This program is for all who want to learn more about Shin Buddhism, its teaching, and its founder.
  A donation $5 for ABSC members and $10 for all others are requested.


Place: American Buddhist Study Center Library 331 Riverside (between 105 and 106 Street and Riverside Drive)
Please RSVP: at info@AmBuddhist.org or just leave message at 212-864-7424. 

Saturday Afternoon Japanese Movie


Saturday, April 2, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm
Kikujiro

Please join us for a private screening of Takeshi Kitano’s award winning film Kikujiro.  This is a story of a nine-year-old boy Masao leaving Tokyo to find his birth mother, a woman he’s never met.  He is accompanied on his journey across the Japanese countryside by surly, middle-aged petty crook Kikujiro (Kitano), who is not too happy to chaperone.  When Kikujiro gambles away all of Masao’s travel money, the two must rely on their wits and the kindness of colorful strangers.

This is a happy, sad, and funny - feel good movie that everyone can relate to. So come out and enjoy an afternoon at the ABSC.


Place: American Buddhist Study Center Library 331 Riverside (between 105 and 106 Street and Riverside Drive)
Please RSVP: at info@AmBuddhist.org or just leave message at 212-864-7424. 

ABSC March Program Schedule


Saturday, March 5, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm
Buddhist Discussion: Rev. Dr. Mark Unno

Please join us as we screen a video interview of Rev. Dr. Mark Unno at Collegeville Institute, a Christian university in Collegeville, Minnesota. Unno Sensei talks about his insights into Shin Buddhism and how it molded his life. Following the interview we will have a discussion on how Shin plays a part in our everyday life.
This will be our regular program a donation of $5 for ABSC members and $10 for all others is appreciated.

Saturday, March 12, from 2:30 to 4:00 pm
A Special Film Screening
A Private screening of a film depicting the Japanese Internment camp during World War II.  
This is the final episode (4) which vividly captures the Japanese internment camps during World War II and the chaotic scenes in Japan.
Place: American Buddhist Study Center Library 331 Riverside (between 105 and 106 Street and Riverside Drive)
Please RSVP: at info@AmBuddhist.org or just leave message at 212-864-7424.
ABSC is a non-profit 501 (c)3 corporation and solely supported by donations and contributors.

2016 New Years Greetings

May each day in 2016 begin with deep gratitude and thankfulness to a new dawn; for true happiness begins with awakening to Amida's light.

Public Lectures

We continue to provide meaningful Buddhist programs for the community on a consistent basis. Pictured here is Dr. Richard Payne, Dean of IBS (Institute of Buddhist Studies) from Berkeley giving a talk on the Buddhist practice. Others speakers we hosted include Roshi Gentoku Kobayashi a Zen master teacher from Kyoto, Dr. James Dobbins, Religious Professor from Oberlin College and well known Shin Buddhist professor and author, Dr. Alfred Bloom.

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