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May We Gather

A National Memorial Ceremony of Asian American Ancestors, Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 4 pm PDT/7 pm EDT -------------------------- In response to the recent religious and racial attacks on Asians and Asian Americans, Buddhist organizations and individuals are sponsoring a memorial ceremony to commemorate the lives of those who have suffered in the…

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Buddha is Our Teacher

Written primarily for children but useful for people of all ages, this book expresses ancient Buddhist wisdom in crystal clear, modern sayings, such as "Nothing is more uncool than someone who tries to act cool."   Order Here

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Learning the Wisdom of Enlightenment

"I have been a Buddhist since I was a child, but I really didn't understand anything about Buddhist teachings until I read Learning the Wisdom of Enlightenment."   --Lifelong temple member-- Order Here

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New Year’s Message

“新年のご挨拶” As we leave a most difficult year behind us and move into a New Year of hope, we remember that the pandemic has forced us to change many of our ways of thinking and doing.  As we face new challenges, we also remember old lessons about the reality of suffering, the need for compassion, the…

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2020 Toshi Award Winner Roger Jackson, professor emeritus at Carleton College

This year’s winner is Roger Jackson, professor emeritus at Carleton College for his book, Mind Seeing Mind: Mahāmudrā and the Geluk Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism (Wisdom Publications).  Mahāmudrā, the “great seal,” refers to the ultimate nature of mind and reality, to a meditative practice for realizing that ultimate reality, and to the final fruition of buddhahood. It is…

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BDK Presents “JEWELS”

Written by Kenneth Tanaka, an award-winning scholar, best-selling author and popular lecturer, Jewels is an introduction to American Buddhism for youth, scouts, and the young at heart.  In an engaging conversational style, Tanaka explains how Buddhist values can be applied to everyday living and illustrates his lessons with wonderful stories, lots of humor, photos and punchy cartoons.  For readers…

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Covid-19 Notice

While our office is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are still shipping books ordered through our website.  Our staff, however, go into the office only on certain days, so there may be a delay in processing orders, but you will receive your books.  We hope that you will find comfort and encouragement from our books,…

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Toshi Award 2020 Submissions Opening Date to be Announced

The committee will announce the next submission period for books to be considered for the 2020 award soon. Please stay tuned. Nominations Please note that nominations are open each year and typically close in April. For further information, please view UC Berkeley's Center for Buddhist Studies website here. Specific details on 2020 nominations are expected to be…

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Class Updates

  TEA & YOGA CLASSES ARE CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. BDK America is grateful for the talented instructors who allow it to offer cultural classes at its Moraga and Berkeley locations. Classes in Ikebana are taught by Jane Suiei Naito Sensei of Ikebana Now and classes in Tea and Yoga by Yufuko…

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BDK America Cultural Classes in 2020

Our Classes in 2020 In January we're happy to share our Ikebana schedule starting this month and the revised schedule for Tea and Yoga classes, which resume in February. We ask you to check with the instructor before showing up for a class, as classes have limited enrollments.#ikebana Ikebana Classes in 2020 For Ikebana, please…

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