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.

COVID Updates

Dharma Center – Campaign Starting October 1st

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. 


Bodhi Day

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Joya E (New Year’s Eve Service)

December 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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A merchant once prepared a luxurious meal for a gathering of priests. He wanted to express his gratitude for all their work. Although

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It certainly has been a great start to the school year!  With the complete re-opening of all of our facilities beginning in September,

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