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The Presidio — “American Sutra: Buddhism and the WII Japanese American Incarceration” and musical performance by No No Boy

  • The Presidio - Futures without Violence Gallery Sheridan Ave San Francisco, CA 94129 USA (map)

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“American Sutra” presentation by Duncan Ryūken Williams and musical performance by No-No Boy (, featuring the world premier of a new song commissioned especially for this performance entitled "Buddha In The Searchlights," based off of stories and themes from Williams' book, "American Sutra."

Book sales/signing will follow.

This multimedia performance takes a look at the WWII Japanese American incarceration from the inside out, highlighting how Buddhists behind barbed wire drew on their spiritual traditions to survive dislocation, loss and uncertainty, and maintained their faith in the Constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition “Then They Came for Me: Incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII and the Demise of Civil Liberties” running until May 27, 2019.

Please be sure to reserve your FREE ticket to this event!

Ramp access is available at the in the back of the building on Taylor Road between Sheridan Road and Bliss Avenue.

The PresidiGo Downtown Shuttle provides FREE roundtrip service to the Presidio. The shuttle picks up at the Transbay Terminal or Embarcadero BART.

If you are driving please be sure that your GPS is taking you to the PRESIDIO ( our zip code is 94104), not to the Montgomery street located in downtown San Francisco . Entering "Futures Without Violence" ( the name of the building) will take you to straight here!