Published by American Buddhist Study Centre, The Monkey Pod Tree is a collection of stories told by a Japanese American boy growing up in the small village of Wahiawa, Kauai. The stories tell about the simple pleasures of the past, the meaning of family traditions, and the ties that bind friendships. Historical events change island life forever; however, the people of Wahiawa call on their courage to remain strong while they hope for a better life.
American Buddhist Study Center was founded in 1951 by Reverend Hozen Seki, a Jodo Shinshu minister. The Study Center’s name was The American Buddhist Academy at that time. Reverend Seki’s vision was to create a school offering courses on Buddhism and Japanese culture. He wanted students to learn about the Buddhist teachings of compassion, wisdom, and peace. He also wanted to teach students about the rich cultures of Japan.
In 1999 the ABA changed its name to The American Buddhist Study Center and altered its mission from an academic school to a learning center to introduce Buddhist Wisdom and Japanese culture to America.
The Study Center also is a Buddhist book publishing house. The Buddha’s Wish for the World and The Monkey Pod Tree are just a few of their titles. The Study Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.