American Sutra has generated much comment--and praise--since its publication earlier this year. The book tells the story of the Japanese American internment during World War II from a fresh set of perspectives: The experiences of individual Japanese American Buddhists (the largest group of Buddhists in American at that time), the issues raised at this time about freedom of religion in America, and the means by which Japanese American Buddhists affirmed and further developed their pioneering effort at being Buddhist in America.
Prof. Duncan Ryuken Williams is Director of the Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture at the University of Southern California and is an ordained Soto Zen priest. Born in Japan to a Japanese mother and British father, Prof. Williams earned his PhD at Harvard University. He has published 15 books (including four translations from Japanese): American Sutra, his recent work, is the culmination of over 14 years of research into the World War II Japanese American story, including Japanese language writings never before referenced in histories of this period.
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WHEN: Sunday, October 6, 1PM-3PM
WHERE: Enmanji Buddhist Temple, Sebastopol