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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 | Dharma School Service: 9:30 AM, Adult Service: 10:10 AM



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


The heat of summer still lingers as we begin to think about the fall. The Summer Olympics are behind us. Lots to think

September Dharma Article

September Dharma Article Incredibly, September marks the year and half “anniversary” of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Back in March of 2020, I could never

Post Obon

Hard to believe, but Obon 2021 is in the books! This was only possible because of the tremendous efforts of the Obon committee

Upcoming Events

CD Nembutsu Family Conference

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


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

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.

Sunday, July 11, 2021
Join us on Facebook Live!

1:00pm – 6:00pm


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