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.
(2013: The 46th presentation)
1968 Inauguration of the first chairperson: Rev. Yehan Numata
1970 The first BDK Buddhist Missionary Seminar.
(2012: The 42nd seminar)
1971 Inauguration of the second director: Rev. Ryotai Hatani
1972 Ceremony for the completion of theBDK Center Building.
1973 Publication of Japanese version of “The Teaching of Buddha.”
1974 Inauguration of the third director: Rev. Shoson Miyamoto.
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.”
(Currently, 46 languages versions of “The Teaching of Buddha” have been published)
1977 The first pipe organ concert
(Currently, 15-times concert and music festival have been held.)
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 life
Started the Seminar on “The Teaching of Buddha” for Business
Publication of braille version of “The Teaching of Buddha.”
1982 Establishment of the Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research (In Berkeley, California).
1983 Publication of “The World of Shinto” and “The Teachings of Confucianism.”
Inauguration of the fourth director: Rev. Shocho Hagami.
1984 Establishment of the first Numata Program in Buddhist Studies at University of California, Berkeley. (2013: 15 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)
1988 Initiated the construction of EKŌ-House Japanese Culture in Germany.
1989 Inauguration of the fifth director: Rev. Gajin Nagao
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.” (2013: Vol. 43 publications)
1994 Rev. Yehan Numata passed away at the age of 97 (May 5th)
1995 Inauguration of the sixth director: Rev. Takamaro Shigaraki
1997 The 30th anniversary ceremony
2000 The 35th anniversary ceremony
2005 The 40th anniversary ceremony
2007 Publication of sign language DVD version of “The Teaching of Buddha”
2008 Inauguration of the seventh director: Taiho Fukuyama
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
2013 Recognized as a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation by the Japanese government
Inauguration of the first Chairman: Rev. Toshihide Numata

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