Seima Aoyama
Seima Aoyama was an accountant from Culver City, Calif., who was apparently traveling on business when the American Airlines flight he was on crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Born in Japan, Aoyama, 48, was married and had two children, said a family friend, David Kadin.
Published by Newsday on Sep. 13, 2001.
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On this 20 anniversary, remembering David's beautiful and encouraging smile that came directly fromthe Buddha nature. Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.
Joan Forest Mage
September 12, 2021
9/11 has always been a painful memory. When I learned in late 2020 that my old friend Seima was on that 1st plane, 9/11 became much more painful & personal. To his beautiful wife, I will forever be sending you positive vibes, love, and prayers. You guys were the cutest couple, and the love you felt for each other was ever present & endearing.
For Seima's children, who I've never met, I would like for you to know that even after 40 years , your father's guidence & influence is ever present in my life. I think I am a better person because of your Dad. He was an inspiration for many, and his memory will never die. I can still hear his laugh, and see his smile that would light up a room. I will honor his memory as long as I live. It makes my heart happy to think what a wonderful father he must have been. Seima touched a lot of people's lives and the world is a better place because he was in it. I wish his family all the best.
Gina Sere-Moore
September 12, 2021
I was a classmate of George and every year, on this day, I think of his father and their family. I can´t believe it´s been 20 years. Sending love and blessings your way.
September 12, 2021
On this 20th anniversary, I hope all who knew Seima-san will remember his caring and kind soul. He was wonderful to both my mother Yoshiko and I in our years together at BeniHana Memphis, Tn. You were taken from this earth too soon. I pray your loved ones´ hearts are comforted and at peace. Not forgotten.
Timothy Dean Witt
September 11, 2021
I remember David when I use to practice Buddhism in Chicago and in Memphis. I no longer practice Buddhism but I remember David as always a nice guy with great smile. When photos emerged of the passenger list on Flight 11 from Boston. I immediately knew that was David. I felt very bad seeing that. I always wanted to acknowledgement to what a nice guy he was. Namu Myoho Renge Kyo
Cedrick Mayfield
September 7, 2021
Dear Seima, You are still missed. You were a great manager at Bennihana and taught me a great work ethic. You & your lovely wife were my friends and although it's been a long time since I saw you both, I will always remember you and have the nicest of thoughts towards you both. I'm sorry I was so late finding out that you were gone from this earth, but I will forever remember you.
Your friend,
Gina Sere Moore ( hostess)
Bennihana 1980
Gona Sere
September 1, 2021
Remembering Seima on the 20th anniversary of 9/11....
Cindy Roe
August 31, 2021
I worked with Seima And his Beautiful wife 40 years ago in Memphis. I actually just learned from a mutual friend of Seimas death. He was a quiet soft spoken man who had a kind heart. I am so sorry. My prayers gonout to his family.
Gina Sere Moore
December 17, 2020
October 2, 2020
God s the Creator of life. With you is the source of life. B your light we can see light.
August 29, 2017
Remembering David and all his work for kosenrufu
Joan Forest Mage
September 12, 2016
Joseph Damiano
September 11, 2016
Joseph Damiano
September 11, 2016
Remembering David and his beautiful smile...
Joan Forest Mage
September 27, 2015
Never to be forgotten.....
September 26, 2015
Sending daimoku to David's eternal life at this time of remembrance. His work for world peace will never be forgotten
September 12, 2014
September 11, 2014
George, We had a few classes together at CCHS but I don't think we ever spoke. However, every year I think of your Dad and family. God bless you all.
Cathy Lee
May 14, 2014
Thinking of David and his family at this time of remembrance. I will never forget his beautiful, shining presence at the SGI Chicago Culture Center!
September 13, 2013
bella b
September 12, 2013
At this time of the holidays and moving forward to a new year, I remember David, such a cheerful presence at the Chicago Culture Center. "The believers in the Lotus Sutra are like the sandalwood endowed with fragrance." (New Years Gosho)
December 7, 2012
To David,I still keep you and your family in my heart and in my prayers. Your life was an inspiration and your joy and faith was evident in your actions.Your kindness and your smile will never be forgotten.
Linda Castro
December 5, 2012
We just put out our flag for the July 4th week. It is from the Healing Field in Des Moines, Iowa and is flown on all holidays in your memory and honor.
Garry and Chris Leavell
July 2, 2012
Barbara Boam & Kim Rogers walked a mile for you (mile #103) on 4/30/12 as a dedication to your life.
Barbara Boam
April 30, 2012
Im memorial to you, I am a teacher of young English language learners. Thank you for your enduring legacy of value creation for the sake of peace.
Lynn Harper
September 14, 2011
Thinking of you and your family today. Thank you for dedicating your life to World Peace.
Alby Zatkoff
September 11, 2011
I remember David from the many years he worked at the SGI USA Culture Center on Wrightwood in Chicago. He was a wonderful person who was the backbone of any place he worked: the quiet type who got things done in a cheerful way. I am sending daimoku for his eternal life, and the strength and happiness of his family. I will never forget him!
Joan Forest Mage
September 11, 2011
We hold you in our hearts.
Kymberli Colbourne
September 11, 2011
I am tremendously appreciative for the legacy that Seima David Aoyoma left impacting the lives of so many youth instilling their lives with hope, courage and confidence. Thank You.
Marilynn Brack
September 11, 2011
To George Aoyama: we barely knew each other in high school but every year on this day i think of you and your family. I am sorry for the loss of your father Seima and my prayers are with you.
A Fellow Centaur
September 11, 2011
To the family and friends of Seima Aoyama:
Seima will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not allow those we lost on 9/11 be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you.
Peggy Childers
August 24, 2011
I remember you, old friend, your nervous laugh and corny sense of humor. I think of you often; your dedication to your faith and inspiration to others were remarkable. I miss you.
Susan Fujita Paprocki
September 11, 2010
Cherish the good times and remember that the God of all comfort is interested in you and your hope's and desires. (Psalm 145:16)You are opening your hand and sastisfying the desire of every living thing.
September 7, 2010
Such a sad occurrence in American history. I am chanting for David and for all of the innocent victims of 9/11. It is my determination that this never happens to us again.
Elaine Bridges
September 12, 2009
What a great inspiration he was to many young men in SGI.

He's in the middle of the back row of this pic. The night before the grand opening of the Indiana CC.
James Ryan
September 11, 2009
David Aoyama was a wonderful person. Prayers for his wife and children's happiness.
September 11, 2009
David was a great friend of mine, and was a tremendous influence in my life. He touched the lives of many in such a profound way. He will be thought of often, and always missed.
September 11, 2009
Remembering David and his family again this year, and all those wo died in 911, in my Daimoku. Peace, Nancy Hall Seattle Wa.
September 11, 2009
I dedicate my work to you today.

~ A DLA employee
September 11, 2009
Now, at another anniversary of 911, I think of David. I have been an SGI member for 33 years. Although I did not know him personally, he is truly here in our hearts and daimoku. An example of courage, and faith. I think how fortunate all these people were, to have him chanting in their last moments of life, and how he has set the precedent for we members, to be unafraid to embrace our missions. I'll never forget him, especially when I feel afrid, alone. David and Sensai.
Nancy Hall
September 8, 2008
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Doug Abraham
February 8, 2008
Seima was my leader when he was in Memphis, TN working at a Japanese steakhouse. He was always kind and considerate and I remember how happy he was when his first child was born. He was a model of peace and goodwill and his passing helped to steel my resolve that such things will not be tolerated.
Nicki Kinney
September 11, 2007
I worked with Seima in Memphis, TN. He was a wonderful person and I feel blessed to have known him and his wife. I will always remember you and your family.
Brenda Belk
September 9, 2007
In memory....
P Tabbernor
June 4, 2007
You were and still are a cherished leader who believed in peace. Your strong life condition remains in the universe and is filled with positive energy. I believe Nichiren was with you the entire time, leading you to Eagle Peak where they greeted you like a homecoming hero. I pray for you all the time, as you have prayed for many. Hope to meet you one day on Eagle Peak. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo,
Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.
Lynette C.A. Kafka
April 8, 2007
May God Bless You
tim cassidy
December 9, 2006
As I stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vane. We will always remember.
October 13, 2006
I am a member of the SGI-USA Buddhist organization in America. I knew David Aoyama when he was here in Chicago and although I was a member of the YWD and never really had a chance to talk to him at length, I remember his beautiful spirit and happy face. I do chant for him every day. Nam Myoho Renge Kyo.
Elaine Bridges, Chicago, Illinois
Elaine Bridges
October 1, 2006
Our local town Marietta GA had a remembrance for all the victims. A field of flags one for each victim. As a flag sponsor I got to keep the flag dedicated to Mr. Aoyama. It now flys in our yard and will fly several times a year. We are blessed to have this remembrance flag as a reminder. We will put your family in our prayers. Please see the attached photo of the field of flags in Kennesaw GA
Rick & Shirley Leger
September 12, 2006
David was a great YMD leader in Chicago in the 80's when my husband was a youth leader. I think he was a very positive influence on who my husband is today. I remember when David spoke words of encouragement at our wedding August 11, 1990. We still have a picture of him on that occassion in our wedding album which we treasure. I have set up a small dedication to David on my "myspace" page and would love to be able to attach a digital photo of David to the site. If anyone has such a photo please email it to me. Also, please feel free to visit my site.
Angela Quashie
August 26, 2006
Just wanted to say that I still chant for you and your family. You will never be forgotten.
kathryn horine
January 5, 2006
your site very good
HOLA spanish
December 23, 2005
Mr. Aoyama is in my prayers daily. You are thought of often.

Nam MyoHo Renge Kyo
Kathryn Brown
September 7, 2004
My sister Mary and I are SGI members. Our cousin, Cristopher Zarba, was on flight 11 seated next to Mr. Aoyama. Chris knew we were Buddhists and had heard about 'Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo' and its beneficial effects. It has brought us an extrodinary sense of peace knowing that even though he did not practice, at the critical moment of his death, he was close to the mystic truth.

We continue to chant for the peace and happiness of all living beings.


Janice D'Amore
Mary D'Amore Sullivan
Janice D'Amore
March 23, 2004
As a 33+ year member of SGI, I have come to know that our life is eternal and that what is important is not how long we live, but how we live. Still, this does not mitigate our sense of loss and bereavement. "David" Seima Aoyama is remembered in our prayers daily. He remains an inspiration to all of us. In response, we rededicate ourselves to creating a peaceful world through the compassionate practice of Nichiren Buddhism.
Steven Swanson
March 4, 2004
May God Keep you in his care, you are in my thoughts and prayers
Lakia Hedgepeth
January 8, 2004
We will always remember Seima and all of the others lost on that horrible day.
Del Newberry
July 31, 2003
I knew David for many years when he worked at the Chicago Culture Center. He was such a steady and cheerful presence! In his behind-the-scenes way, he created world peace and helped thousands of people to believe in their Buddha nature.

I chant every day for him and for all those who passed away at the WTC on September 11.


Joan Forest Mage
Joan Forest Mage
January 5, 2003
I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot even find the words to express my feelings. I have cried, reflected, and prayed, yet nothing makes the sadness diappear. I did not personally know anyone who was a victim of September 11, so I cannot even imagine what it is like for you. Hopefully by remembering those we lost, their spirits will forever be with us. My prayers will be with you always.
Emily Hoy
September 12, 2002
Your beautiful life ended all too soon. You had the most infectious laugh and loved life so much. It was my privilege to have worked with you. Although you are much missed, you are ever with us all. Nam myoho renge kyo forever, Moana
Moana Robertson
September 11, 2002
Though [the daimoku of] this mandala is written in but five or seven characters, it is the teacher of all Buddhas throughout the three existences and the seal that guarantees the enlightenment of all women. It will be a lamp in the darkness of the road to the next world and a fine horse to carry you over the mountains of death. It is like the sun and the moon in the heavens or Mount Sumeru on earth. It is a ship to ferry people over the sea of suffering. It is the teacher who leads all people to enlightenment.

**Bestowal of the Mandala of the Mystic Law**-By Nichiren Daishonin-

Ching Yee
September 11, 2002
Dear Friends,
My name is Clint Burnham and I attend St. Pius X high school in Houston, Texas. My school is sponsoring a 10 day rememberance of the people and the tragic events of September 11. We started today, the ninth, and everyone received a wrist band with the name of a victim on it. I received the name of Seima Aoyama 48. I looked at his profile and feel connected to the tragedy in a way I had not felt before. My prayers, the prayers of the Dominican Sisters, the prayers of my school community, and the prayers of the nation, are with you and yours. If there is anything that I can do to help you through this tough week, do not hessitate to ask.
Yours in Prayer
Clinton Burnham
September 9, 2002
Hi David! I still chant for you and your family, and will do so forever. Whenever I remember you, in my mind, you are smiling, and you make me smile, too. Love, Lori
Lori McDaniel
September 9, 2002
Reading through the tributes to David, I am impressed with the diversity and compassion of each. The lives of the departed live on in the vows and actions of those who go on living. The fact that one man could have touched so many, so deeply and brought out these beautiful feelings in each of us, shows what a great and powerful life he led. I will do my best to lead a life of such value myself.
Mark Kaplan
August 22, 2002
It will soon be the first anniversary of September 11, and we as a family dedicated to world peace will continue to work towards the ideals David, and his friends in faith throughout the world, are dedicating themselves to without begrudging our lives.

With the greatest respect and reverence for your noble efforts throughout your life,

The Friedland Family
San Rafael, CA
Fred, Toshimi, and Melody Harumi Friedland
August 22, 2002
My deepest sympathy to the people he loved and who loved him. You will never be forgotten!
July 21, 2002
I hope Jesus took him with open arms
My deepest sympathy for the family and friends.
Aron Olson
June 6, 2002
May 28, 2002
May the road rise up to greet you
May the wind be forever at your back
May the good Lord keep you in the hollow of his hands
April 28, 2002
Seima (David) taught me through his actions in (1985-86) while he lived in Philadelphia. He spoke softly, but his actions spoke volumes. Today his leasdeship & friendship still leaves an indelible positive imprint on my life.

bruce jones
April 27, 2002
May Peace come to the wife and family of Seima Aoyama. It sounds as if his greatest desire on earth was for peace and I hope some day we will all find it.
Sheila Werland
February 10, 2002
May God comfort you and your family. There are no why's to this only have the peace to know she is in a place where she will shed no more tears. I pray her children will also have comfort. amen
Shirley Hurst
February 9, 2002
my heart goes out to Seima Aoyama and his family. May God bless all of you.
Kaylee Sims
January 16, 2002
We are very sorry for your loss of Seima. Our hearts cry with you.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
Teresa Jahn
January 12, 2002
December 31, 2001
I chant daimoku to your eternal happiness. My ex-husband was always encourage in his practice by David. Such a lofty spirit for World Peace. You will be sadly miss. This reminds me of a complaining nature I once had " Why me, what did I do". Now I say " Why not me". My devotion to the law of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo grows stronger ever day. I want to give my best just like David.
faith white-poe
December 30, 2001
Living a life with optimism is a fitting tribute to him. Whenever his family is visitng New Mexico, there is always a welcome at our home.
Michael Laverty
December 23, 2001
I would like Seima's family to know that I am wearing his "Memory Band" bracelet and have been since 3 weeks after 9/11... it helps me to remember him and his family constantly in my thoughts and prayers... I would love to hear from his family... Are they alright??? I lost my dad suddenly when I was in my 20's...I know a "little" of what you are going through... We lived in the NYC area for a number of years... I worked at 222 Broadway and 195 Broadway and watched the WTC buildings being built...My wife and I are now retired and live in Albuquerque, NM
I am VERY sorry for your loss... I am VERY proud of Seima for his service to others...
Please, tell me if there are any particular prayer needs or other needs..
God Bless Seima's family and the USA !!!
Olen Thompson
December 8, 2001
to the husband and children: my heart and prayers go out to you. I hope you can find peace and purpose in the days ahead. You are not alone in your grief - may God bless you and your family
Kristel Cronin
November 14, 2001
I would like to say that I am sorry that it had to happen to him, when he probably didn't even diserve it.Infact no one on any of the planes deserved it.No Human deserved to tortured this way.
Marshay Patterson
November 4, 2001
David was so well loved by the members of SGI. His being a part of the events of Sept. 11 gives me a deep feeling that this event will be the beginning of a great good change for the world. Thank you David for all you have done for world peace!
Kelly McGowan
November 2, 2001
I have never met you, but i am a fellow gakkai member. After reading about you in the tribune and seeing your beautiful smile, it has giving me more courage and hope for kosen rufu. i have promised myself that your death will give life to kosen rufu. David, thank you for still figthing for peace even in your death. my prayers to the family.
nam myoho renge kyo
kathryn horine
October 26, 2001
I did not know Seima but I have felt such great loss since the terrible tragedy of 9/11/01. I am praying every day for those who lost loved ones that day. It was a terrible day and the memory of all those who died will live in my heart forever. May God Bless Seima's family and may they find comfort in knowing that many are praying for them.
Ann Styron
October 24, 2001
In honor and in memory of your loved one, Seima Aoyama, I walked 1 mile on October 18th dedicated to him and his loved ones.

He will not be forgotten and my thoughts are prayers are with you.


Kathy Swaringen
Kathy Swaringen
October 19, 2001
Although I did not know your loved one, I remember every day.
Tiara Crouse
October 19, 2001
Seima's family:

I pray that God will comfort you in your time of sadness. All of the people who lost their lives on 11 September truly are "America's Heros". My deepest sympathy to your family. My heart cries for you. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. May God Seima in His arms as He welcomes him into His Kingdom.
S. Shepherd
October 17, 2001
David - I know your friendship and kindness will be missed by many. What I concentrate on day to day, is not the horrific circumstances of your loss, but the quality of your life, which serves as a model for all of the Jiyuno-bosatsu.
In sincere thanks for all you have done for me and others,
Linda C
Linda Cripps
October 3, 2001
David is sorely missed in Las Vehas and around the world. To know that Davis chose to die that way is the only thing that can comfort me. He fulfilled his mission. The Boddhisattvas of the Earth are open.
David is happy. I must have and share hope. Thank you.
Rena Sachartoff
September 28, 2001
Barbara Bolin
September 26, 2001
On behalf of my mother, Namiko Mount,I am sending a picture from right to left of Seima Aoyama, his wife, Namiko, and friend. This picture is 12 years old. My mother was devastated by this tragedy. She shared her tears with me and even though I didn't know him, I also shed a tear for him and all that passed on. My mother is a Soka Gakkai member. Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo
Namiko Mount
September 26, 2001
David, your final prayer for Peace echoes now and was the very first "battle cry" of this new war. I hear it ringing now. Nam myoho renge kyo.
Marsha Erickson
September 21, 2001
Thank you David for all that you gave and taught me. I look forward to meeting you again . . . next time around.
Robin Taylor
September 20, 2001
David, we will carry on with your mission. I hope millions of Davids arise to help create the peaceful world you devoted your life to.
Jerome Ludwig
September 18, 2001
The members of Stockholm North Chapter, Sweden Soka Gakkai International send their prayers.
Marion Lindblom, WD
Marion Lindblom
September 18, 2001
My heart breakes everytime I hear our tragically your life had ended.

May God Alway be with you.
September 16, 2001
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