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Scholarly Selections Reverend Sunya Pratt: The Life and Legacy of an Early American Buddhist in Tacoma

January 17 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free

On April 23, 1936, Reverend Sunya Pratt was ordained as a minister at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple. Local and national newspapers described the ceremony, calling Rev. Pratt the “First White Buddhist Priestess,” a label that later scholars have called into question. Yet at a time when few Westerners converted to Buddhism, let alone became teachers, Rev. Pratt joined a sangha – or spiritual community – of Japanese Americans. Over the next 50 years, she became an important leader for Jodo Shinshu Buddhists in the Puget Sound region. This talk will share a research project that explores the legacy of Rev. Pratt within the context of the history of Tacoma and American Buddhism.

Admission free for “Third Thursday.”

Details

Date:
January 17
Time:
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
www.WashingtonHistory.org

Venue

Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 United States

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