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Since 1986, BDK America has provided "The Teaching of Buddha" to individuals and institutions, in most cases free of all charges. Over 8.3 million copies have been distributed worldwide, through the combined efforts of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK) in Japan, BDK America, and other regional affiliates.

BDK America also helps BDK edit, publish, and distribute the BDK English Tripitaka Series project.

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Many people have found "The Teaching of Buddha" when staying at a fine hotel. The book is a collection of the core truths of Buddhism, selected and edited from early Pali and Sanskrit sources by scholars from many schools of Buddhism. The work is presented in a concise, easy-to-read, and nonsectarian format. It includes a brief history of Buddhism, a listing of the source texts, a glossary of Sanskrit terms, and an index. The goal of the book is to provide ready access to the essence of the Buddha's teachings.

BDK distributes free copies of "The Teaching of Buddha" in quantity to hotels and inns to furnish their guestrooms. BDK pays for shipping and there are no charges to the hotel. Interested hoteliers and managers should inquire at


Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, or the Society for the Promotion of Buddhism, was created in Japan by the late Reverend Dr. Yehan Numata in 1965, with other Buddhists, and using his own private funds.

It was Dr. Numata's lifelong belief that the Buddhist teaching, which is based on the spirit of wisdom and compassion, could assist in bringing about lasting peace and happiness for all of humanity.

Non-sectarian in organization, BDK is dedicated to sharing Buddhism with people worldwide. Part of that worldwide commitment includes translations of "The Teaching of Buddha" in some 45 of the world's major languages. Selected bilingual editions are also available.

Rev. Dr. Numata passed away in 1994 at the age of 97. Today, BDK's mission to the world is continuing under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Numata's son, Rev. Toshihide Numata.

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Special Out-of-Print Publications Return as PDFs

Over the years, BDK America has published several special interest titles, popular while they lasted, but now out of print.These occasional efforts were secondary to the Buddhist publisher's two main efforts: the ongoing publication of the BDK English Tripitaka Series,…

Free PDF Versions of Many Volumes in BDK English Translation Series

With the encouragement and support of Bukkyō Dendō Kyōkai in Japan, BDK America resumes hosting downloadable digital versions (PDF) of  published volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka Series. The initial list of 22 titles available in PDF is given below,…


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