In Japan they had a way of life called the “Bushido Code.” The “Bushido Code” is the way of the warrior. This life style was a strict way of living. In my early days I lived the “Bushido Code” in Memphis, Tennessee. Every morning I would take cold showers and we practiced “Zen Buddhism.” This was back in 1970’s I use to walk around barefooted and I engaged in mediation. It was only when I joined the NSA Buddhist organization in 1974 that I moved away from Zen Buddhism to practice the Buddhist teaching of Nichiren Daishonin.
Before I get into my lecture real deep we Africans and African Americans owe a debt of gratitude to the dedicated Japanese people who introduced us to Buddhism. The ancient Africans practiced Buddhism. We for 1000's of years have been disconnected from Buddhism. Thanks to Japanese we are re-connected to Buddhist teachings.
Greetings to everyone. Let me 1st introduce myself. My name is Anthony “Amp” Elmore. I live in Memphis, Tennessee. This lecture is called “Black Culture and History in Nichiren Buddhism.” At the time of this lecture we would have been a Nichiren Buddhist for about 40 years. Back in the day I use to practice a style of Karate called “Old Japanese Shotokan.” I would have to say that I was a “Japanese in a Past life.” We use to meditate in icy waters, break our knuckles on a concrete wall. We had an African American Karate Teacher by the name of Julius L. Dorsey. Julius was like the “Karate Masters “ of the old Japanese Karate Schools. Back in my early days I was more Japanese than any Japanese that you will meet in the 21st Century. Click on the picture and meet my old Karate Sensei Julius Dorsey.
Recently my friend Shaka dispatched and email saying that I do not know anything about Buddhism. My knowledge of Buddhism may be shallow but as an African American man I actually lived and experienced in America the "True Spirit" of Japanese culture whereas the Martial Arts was a way of life. When I started my Karate training we were "True Zen Buddhist." We were also Black revolutionary brother. Dr. Martin Luther King had just gotten killed in Memphis. We grew up at a time when people searched and practiced Buddhism with our hearts and Souls. We know how the Japanese bamboozed many Black people in America.
Click on picture to see movie scenes. Karate master Juilus L. Dorsey not in the movie but in real life joined Nichiren Shoshu. When Julius put his banner down the Japanese Priest broke up his Buddhist group in Memphis, Tn. Julius is now deceased.