San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin

The San Jose Buddhist Church Betsuin, founded in 1902, is a temple within the Buddhist Churches of America. BCA is a branch of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, a global organization of temples in the Jodo Shinshu school of Pure Land Buddhism in the Mahayana tradition. Located in San Jose’s Nihonmachi (Japantown), we continue to honor our Japanese founding heritage while welcoming all to come listen to the Dharma (teachings).  We encourage everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, age or religious background to come as you are, to join us as we walk the path to enlightenment together.



Sunday Services

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Dharma School Service

Adult Service

日本語 Service
(second Sunday of the month)

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Upcoming Events

CD Nembutsu Family Conference

October 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


November 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am


November 11

Generations is a capital campaign project with two distinct building phases over several years.  The first phase addresses seismic concerns with the annex building and represents approximately one third of our financial target.  The second phase focuses on the education building and is expected to be initiated in 2019.  It is up to us to build a thriving Betsuin for future generations to enjoy for years to come.

Latest Dharma Messages

Prince Shotoku and his wishes

This year, 2021 is the special year to commemorate the 1,400th anniversary of Prince Shotoku’s death. Prince Shotoku is considered as one of

October Dharma Article

Alpha……mu….  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would need to remember all those names and symbols.  I thought I was


September and March are the months during which we observe Ohigan. Higan is the other shore opposite from where we are in shigan,

As we continue to adapt during these challenging times, we have again decided to create a virtual Obon Festival for 2021! Join us as we bring to your home the fun, the food, and the games of Obon! Watch live cooking demonstrations, participate in children’s crafts, enjoy performances from San Jose Taiko, Chidori Band, and join in the obon odori.



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