discussion and book launch

FRIDAY MARCH 1 USC professor Duncan Ryukan Williams, who is also a Soto Zen priest and author of the upcoming book “American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War” will give a presentation and talk about “American Sutra.” The book, which will be released by the Harvard Press on Feb. 19, reflects on how Japanese American Buddhists dealt with dislocation, loss and uncertainty during their wartime incarceration.

Drawing on contemplative practices and rituals from their Buddhist tradition, their stories represent timeless approaches to finding inner liberation when freedom has been taken away from you. Their stories also represent a vigorous defense of the American ideal of religious freedom.

Dr. Williams will be joined by Rev. Ron Miyamura and Northwestern University’s Associate Professor of Religious Studies Sarah Jacoby. The event is co-sponsored by the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, which is also celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2019.


When: FRIDAY, MARCH 1 starting at 7:00 PM
Where: Midwest Buddhist Temple Social Hall
Registration: There is no cost to attend however follow this link to REGISTER (so we’ll know how many guests to expect)

  • 7:00pm – Introduction
  • 7:10pm -7:40pm Duncan Ryuken Williams presentation
  • 7:40pm – 8:00pm Commentary by Rev. Ron Miyamura (MBT) and Associate Professor Sarah Jacoby
  • 8:00pm – 8:20pm Q+A with audience
  • 8:20pm -9:00pm Reception and Book Signing by City Lit


Dr. Williams will give a Dharma talk during Sunday Service on MARCH 3 at 10:30 am. 

for more information about either event contact the temple office: 312.943.7801 or

this event is part of MBT’s 75th Anniversary celebration, click the 75 icon above for more information

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