Duncan Ryūken Williams to Discuss Buddhism in America During WWII

Resilience and Freedom: How Enduring Lessons from the WWII Japanese American Buddhist Experience Can Heal Us Today

Wednesday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m. ET

Zoom Webinar

Admission: Free

Under COVID-19 lockdowns, our loss of freedom has been one of the most difficult aspects to bear. How will we cope with what looks like months more of this pandemic-imposed imprisonment? Perhaps we can learn from the experience of Japanese Americans incarcerated during WWII, who lost their homes and civil rights yet found a way to thrive with the help of their Buddhist faith.

The Guibord Center presents a talk with Duncan Ryūken Williams, PhD, professor and author of the new book American Sutra, will show us a path to peace and true “freedom” found in the experiences and teachings of these imprisoned believers.

To register, please visit the event’s Facebook page.

About The Guibord Center

The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out is an educational, interfaith nonprofit founded in Los Angeles in 2011. The Center partners with faith communities and individuals to open hearts and minds through a range of programs, public lectures, and immersive events that reveal the compassion and transformative power at the center of our many religious and spiritual traditions and dispel the divisive and distorted views we hold about one another and our traditions. To learn more, please visit The Guibord Center’s website.

About Duncan Ryūken Williams

Born in Tokyo, Japan, to a Japanese mother and British father, Duncan Ryūken Williams grew up in Japan and England until age 17. He attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and graduate school at Harvard University, where he earned a PhD in Religion. Williams is currently Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages & Cultures and the Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture and former Chair of USC’s School of Religion.

About American Sutra

This groundbreaking history tells the little-known story of how, in one of our country’s darkest hours, Japanese Americans fought to defend their faith and preserve religious freedom. The mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is not only a tale of injustice, but also a moving story of faith. In this path-breaking account, Duncan Ryūken Williams reveals how, even as they were stripped of their homes and imprisoned in camps, Japanese American Buddhists launched one of the most inspiring defenses of religious freedom in our nation’s history, insisting that they could be both Buddhist and American.