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The First Modern day Black Buddhist Sangha

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Published on Feb 8, 2014

Five Time World Karate Kickboxing Champion Anthony "Amp" Elmore of Memphis, Tennessee organized "The First Modern day Black Buddhist Sangha." The world Sangha is the word used to describe the Buddhist community by Shakyamuni Buddhist in the fifth Century. Starting in January of of 2014 Elmore discarded his formal membership as a Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist. Elmore created an organization called the Proud Black Buddhist World Association. The organization is a secular Nichiren Buddhist Sect that teach a Buddhist teaching that is inclusive of Buddhism's Black Buddhist heritage.

Shakyamuni Buddha born in the fifth century was a Naga or sometime referred to as born to the Dravidian ethnic group. The Dravidian, Naga is referred to today as belonging to the Indigenous tribe of Indians know today as Dalits or broken people. All of the ancient Buddhist icons describe the Buddha as Black. The most noted line or demarcation that represents the Buddha ethnicity is his hair. Most ancient icons illustrate the Buddha's Black Hair. What is important about a "Black Buddhist Sangha" is the value of the "Cultural Aspect." Buddhism as it is introduced in America introduce Buddhism in ways that is Ethnocentric. Not only does the faith in in current propagation does not appeal appeal to most Africans and African Americans we who practice the faith find the religion to be an assault on Black Culture.

The "Proud Black Buddhist World Association" do not have an Asia or White masters. Our master and Leader is the "Lotus Sutra." For more information view our Website at

The Proud Black Buddhist World Association is not a Racial Buddhist Sangha, but we are a "Black Cultural Sangha." Buddhism originated in India and not Asia. When Buddhism integrated into various cultures the religion took on characteristics of the culture. In order for Buddhism to reach the African and African American culture and people the religion must have a "Cultural Integration." The Proud Black Buddhist World Association introduce the Black Cultural element into Buddhism. For more information visit our website at: http://www.proudblackbuddhist.org/

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