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Purpose and Activities


Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai’s purpose is to promote the Buddhist spirit of compassion and coexistence, which is the basis of Japanese culture, support academic activities, disseminate modern understandings of Buddhism, cultivate a richer humanity through global enlightenment projects, develop the betterment of society, and thereby contribute to the happiness of humankind and the realization of world peace. In order to achieve our purpose, we have established the following activities:

  1. Compiling and disseminating Buddhist scriptures translated into modern foreign languages.
  2. Providing grants and awards for promoting the Buddhist spirit and its cultures and advancing its academic understanding.
  3. Sponsoring enlightening projects and activities regarding the Buddhist spirit and the rise of its cultures.
  4. Engaging in other activities essential for the realization of the purposes of this organization.


Our History

Berkeley, CA
Moraga, CA

BDK America

BDK America is the U.S. branch of Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai, the Society for the Promotion of Buddhism, an international organization with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan.  As a non-sectarian organization, BDK promotes better understandings of Buddhism through its publications, community activities, and academic programs at major universities.

We Serve the United States

BDK America distributes The Teaching of Buddha and other books to hotels, temples, schools, prisons and other organizations throughout our nation.  We also sponsor programs at temples within and outside of California, and support Ekoji Buddhist Temple on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.  BDK America has established Numata Programs in Buddhist Studies at eight American universities, including Harvard and Princeton. 

We Serve Moraga and Berkeley

BDK America has offices in Moraga and Berkeley, CA.  Our local programs include exhibitions, symposiums, and classes in the Japanese cultural arts. 


Translation Project
Numata Programs in Buddhist Studies
Toshi Award
In Memory

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