In 1965, Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK - Society for the Promotion of Buddhism) was established by the late Rev. Dr. Yehan Numata, the founder of Mitutoyo Corporation. His fervent wish was to spread the teaching of Śakyamuni Buddha throughout the world. From that time on, BDK has diligently been translating and distributing “The Teaching of Buddha” with the support and cooperation of like minded individuals and organizations.
The Japanese Government has officially approved BDK to be recognized as a “Public Interest Incorporated Foundation” and will be a fresh new start for BDK as of April 1, 2013.
Following this transition, BDK has set the ultimate goal of propagating Buddhist wisdom and symbiotic spirit found in the basics of Japanese culture by sponsoring a wide range of cultural activities and academic programs.
In “The Teaching of Buddha,” there is a passage; “As a net is made up by a series of knots, so everything in this world is connected by a series of knots.” This expresses the thought of dependent co-arising in Buddhism, which means everything is interconnected.
We can never live by ourselves. We are always sustained by natural beneficence and other lives. By understanding the importance of life and respecting each other, the heart of compassion, symbiosis and coexistence will be born. Accordingly, the heart of gratitude will be raised.
BDK is a non-sectarian organization, and does not promote any particular school of Buddhism. Rather, it endeavors to promote and propagate Buddhist wisdom found in Buddhist history and cultures by developing a wide range of activities and programs. Ultimately, BDK wishes to contribute to the achievement of global peace and harmony.
I sincerely appreciate your generous understanding and continuous support of BDK activities.
Toshihide Numata Chairman