Searching for Yemyo Imamura (Futaba Memorial Lectures, Honolulu)

Event details

  • Saturday | December 16, 2017
  • 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Hawaii Betsuin -- Annex Temple, 1727 Pali Highway, Honolulu, HI 96813 (enter campus from Lusitana St)
  • (808) 536-7044 (Betsuin office)

Searching for Yemyo Imamura —
the Search for American Buddhism

Re-visiting the Legacy of Hawaii’s Pioneer Bishop


Bishop Imamura photo in a historical news clippingHawaii Betsuin historical photo


Futaba Memorial Lectures

Professor Michihiro Ama, Univ. of Montana Karashima Tsukasa Associate Professor and author of “Immigrants to the Pure Land,” will speak on “Re-visiting the Legacy of Bishop Yemyo Imamura.” Dr. Ama provides an intimate look at how Rev. Imamura pioneered “American Buddhism” that resonated with American democratic principles and at his personal struggles as the leader of Hawaii Hongwanji.

8:30 Registration — $10 suggested donation
9:00 Lecture: Dr. Michihiro Ama, “Yemyo Imamura: Pioneer of American Buddhism”
10:30 Discussion & Questions
11:00 Break
11:30 Lecture: Dr. Michihiro Ama, “Searching for Universal Buddhism”
12:30 Discussion & Questions
1:00 Closing

The Futaba Lecture Series is endowed by Dr. Alfred & Mrs. Dorothy N. Bloom to honor the memory of friend and mentor, Professor Kenko Futaba. Dr. Bloom, who helped plan these Futaba lectures before his passing in August 2017, fervently hopes that this lecture series will be a continuing inspiration for the nurturing of American Buddhism and for the social participation of Buddhists in the quest of social justice and peace.