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They Teach the Buddhist Faith

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On September 1, 1899, Dr. Shuye Sonoda and Rev. Kakuryo Nishijima, the first two missionaries of the Jodo Shinshu (Pure Land) Sect of Japanese Buddhism to be sent to North America, arrived in San Francisco at the request of the newly formed Young Men’s Buddhist Association. According to the official history of the Buddhist Churches of America, upon their arrival,

they checked into the Occidental Hotel. News . . . must have reached the American public since reporters from the “San Francisco Chronicle” asked for interviews. On September 12, 1899, an article appeared in that paper with the headline “They Teach The Buddhist Faith.”

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