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We observe two Ohigan services each year. One in spring and one in fall. Each service coincides with an equinox. The equinox is

The True and Real Name

In our world, we have words. Words are tools, so to speak, used to point to certain things. Therefore, the word itself is

President Message – March 2023

On Sunday, January 29, 2023, the Betsuin hosted our annual Dana Day and Volunteer Recognition Service. Created and hosted by Terry Oshidari, this

Dharma Center

As our Sangha and the community continue to grow and change, the Betsuin must plan for these needs as well as for those of our future generations. The construction of the new Dharma Center is essential to the Betsuin and the evolving needs of the community. 

It is our turn. Our legacy.

This project is the culmination of 10 years of planning. Guiding this process was an assessment of where we began, who we are today and what improvements are needed for a strong tomorrow, while aligning our vision with our core Buddhist values. The new Dharma Center addresses the needs of our Betsuin as well as our broader community. 


Annual Obon Festival

July 8 - July 9

Obon Service

July 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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.

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