Chronology of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai

Chronology of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai

1934 The late Rev. Dr. Yehan Numata started Mitutoyo to establish Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai
1965 Establishment of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai
Inauguration of the first director: Rev. Chitoku Morikawa
1966 Publication of Japanese-English version of “The Teaching of Buddha”
1967 The first presentation of Cultural Awards for the Promotion of Buddhism
(2019: The 53rd presentation)
1968 Inauguration of the first chairperson: Rev. Yehan Numata
1970 The first BDK Buddhist Missionary Seminar
(2019: The 49th seminar)
1972 Ceremony for the completion of the BDK Center Building
1975 Beginning of the donation of the Japanese-English version of “The Teaching of Buddha” to hotels in Japan and overseas
1976 Publication of the French version of “The Teaching of Buddha”
(2019: 46 languages versions of “The Teaching of Buddha” have been published)
1977 The first pipe organ concert
(2019, 19th Buddhist music festivals)
1978 Establishment of BUKKYO DENDO KYOKAI AMERICA, INC.
Establishment of BDK Hawaii
1980 The 15th anniversary ceremony
Establishment of Fundacão Educacional e Cultural Yehan Numata (BDK South America)
1981 Started the Seminar on “The Teaching of Buddha” for Daily life
Started the Seminar on “The Teaching of Buddha” for Business
Publication of braille version of “The Teaching of Buddha”
1982 Initiated the English translation of the “Tripiṭaka”
The first BDK English Tripiṭaka Editorial Committee meeting (2019: 68th meeting)
1983 Publication of “The World of Shinto” and “The Teachings of Confucianism”
1984 Establishment of the first Numata Program in Buddhist Studies at University of California, Berkeley (2019: 17 universities )
Establishment of BDK Europe e.V.
Establishment of BDK Asia Ltd.
1985 Inauguration of the second chairman: Rev. Toshihide Numata
Establishment of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai De México, A.C. (Asociación Promotora de Budismo de México)
1987 Establishment of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai Canada (Canadian Society for the Promotion of Buddhism)
Establishment of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai U.K. (The Society for the Advancement of Buddhist Understanding)
Beginning of research and support of the revival of the propagation of Theravada Buddhism
The 20th anniversary ceremony
1989 Establishment of BDK Taiwan
1991 Establishment of BDK Fellowship for Foreign Scholars
1993 The first publication of the English Tripiṭaka series, “The Summery of the Great Vehicle” (2019: 58 volumes)
1994 Rev. Yehan Numata passed away at the age of 97 (May 5th)
1997 The 30th anniversary ceremony
2005 The 40th anniversary ceremony
2007 Completion of sign language DVD version of “The Teaching of Buddha”
The donation of sign language DVD version of “The Teaching of Buddha” to schools, institutions, and libraries for the deaf in Japan
2011 Implementation of BDK “The Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami” Aid for Reconstruction Work in the Disaster Areas
Started the English Seminar on “The Teaching of Buddha”
2012 Implementation of BDK Financial Aid for Buddhist Kindergartens in the Disaster Areas
Establishment of BDK Fellowship for Japanese Scholar
Publication of “Bukkyo-no-Himitsu” manga or comic book
Started “BDK Symposium” (2019: The 21th sympojium)
2013 Recognized as a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation by the Japanese government
Inauguration of the first Chairman: Rev. Toshihide Numata
2014 Started “BDK Zazen-Kai” meditation retreat
The photo exhibition “Buddha’s Words in the Landscape of India” in Iwate and Tokyo Japan
Sponsored BDK charity lecture “Amusing Buddhism,” in Tokyo for the support of the victims of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Started the photography competition for the BDK calendar, A Wise Teaching A Day”
Publication of manga, “The Wisdom of Buddhism in Japan”
2015 Started “BDK Buddhist Yoga”
Publication of “Satori-no-Chie-wo-Yomu(Reading the Wisdom of Enlitenment)” as a supplementary book to “The Teaching of Buddha”
The 50th anniversary
・“Buddhaspel” -17th Buddhist Music Festival
・ BDK Special Buddhist lectures & seminars: Listening to Fushidan, the
Origin of Rakugo
The photo exhibition “Buddha’s Words in the Landscape of India” in Fukushima, Japan
Publication of “Tottemo-Yasashii-Hajimete-no-Bukkyo(Very Easy First Step to Buddhism)
The 50th anniversary ceremony
2016 Started BDK Buddhist picture book prize, “Kokoro-no Ehon-Taisho” (2019: The 4th competition)
Publication of “Buddha is Our Teacher”
Started elementary course of Buddhist lectures, “Japanese Buddhism – Learning from Scratch”
2017 Rev. Toshihide Numata passed away at the age of 84(February 16th)
2018 Started “Let it Shine!” Temple Bulletin Board Project
Tsurumi University and BDK Co-Sponsors Seminars at Tsurumi University(Three times)
The 15th BDK Symposium in Hiroshima(Lecture by the BDK Cultural Award winner)
The exhibition of the “Picture Story of Shakyamuni”
2019 The 19th BDK Symposium in Hokkaido(Lecture by the BDK Cultural Award winner)
The English Seminar “Learning the Basics of Japanese Buddhism in English” in Kyoto “
Publication of picture story show “Buddha” (Supervised by ⒸTEZUKA PRODUCTIONS)
Donation of picture story show “Buddha” to 2,500 Buddhist kindergartens and nursery schools

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