Buddhist - Religious Group Timeline Association
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|American Chapter of Soka Gakkai Formed
|The Japanese-based Soka Gakkai Buddhist society commissioned its U.S. chapter in 1960. In 1991, the chapter reorganized as Soka Gakkai International-USA.
|Buddhist Churches of America
|The Buddhist Churches of America, formed in 1944 and headquartered in San Francisco, represents mainstream Japanese American Buddhism.
|First Buddhist Temples Built
|In the 1850s-1880s, Chinese and Japanese immigrants brought Buddhism to America as they searched for work in Hawaii's plantations and California's gold rush.
|First Buddhists Elected to U.S. Congress
|In November 2006, voters in Georgia and Hawaii elected the first two Buddhists --Democrats Hank Johnson and Mazie Hirono -- to the U.S. Congress.
|Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple
|Built in 1988, Hsi Lai Temple near Los Angeles is the largest Buddhist temple in the western hemisphere.
|Huston Smith Publishes The Religions of Man
|In 1958, Huston Smith published his landmark textbook on comparative religion, The Religions of Man in 1958, later renamed The World's Religions.
|Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965
|The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (i.e., Hart-Celler Act) permitted more Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu immigrants into the United States, changing the U.S. religious landscape.
|Vietnamese Buddhists Come to United States
|Vietnamese Buddhism spread across America as thousands of refugees arrived after the Vietnam War ended in 1975.
|World Parliament of Religions
|In 1893, the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago introduced many non-Christian faiths to America -- including Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Jainism, Shinto and Taoism.
|Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki (1870-1966), a Zen Buddhist monk from Japan, helped to personify and explain Zen to a generation of Americans.
|Chogyam Trungpa (1939-87) is the founder of the largest Tibetan Buddhist group in America.
|From Buddhism to Taoism, Alan Watts (1915-73) was, as one newspaper noted, "perhaps the foremost interpreter of Eastern disciplines for the contemporary West."
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