The Buddhist religion was founded about 560-480 BCE or about 460-380 BCE by Shakyamuni Buddha. His father was king of the Shakya tribe, and Shakyamuni means "sage of the Shakyas." Other names by which he is commonly known are Gautama and Siddhartha. The Proud Black Buddhist World Association holds the view that ethnically Shakyamuni Buddha descended from the Naga or Ethiopian or dark skinned people also called Dravidian or the Africans of Asia. The mission of the Proud Black Buddhist World Association is to establish the “Black Buddhist Sangha.” The Black Buddhist Sangha is a world Buddhist association that practices the Buddhist religion in a way that is inclusive of African and African American culture and history. We follow the great Bodhisattva Nichiren Shonin who manifested in Japan on April 28, 1253 as the messenger of Shakyamuni Buddha. The Proud Black Buddhist World Association believes that in order for the Buddhist religion to effectively reach people of African and African American decent the religion must include the history and culture of Black people worldwide. The mission of the Proud Black Buddhist World Association is to establish the Black Buddhist Sangha. This organization was founded in December 2013 by Anthony “Amp” Elmore who has been a Nichiren Buddhist for 40 years.
Mission Statement Proud Black Buddhist World Association
Anthony "Amp" Elmore begin his Buddhist practice in Memphis, Tennessee in 1974 via in organization called NSA or Nichiren Shoshu of America. Elmore was a 20 year member of the SGI Buddhist organization. Elmore left the SGI organization because the founder of the SGI Daisaku Ikeda wrote in his book "The Living Buddha" that Shakyamuni was of Aryan decent. Elmore considered such a declaration "Racist." Elmore traveled to Taisekiji Japan and he joined the Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist organization. Elmore found that the Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist organization is equally offensive to people of African and African American decent. Elmore notes that in order from Buddhism to reach the African and African American people we need a Buddhism that is inclusive of African and African culture and History.