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.



Upcoming Events

Hatsubon Service

July 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Obon Service

July 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 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” Articles

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Realizing of foolishness

June is graduation season in the United States. The Baccalaureate service is scheduled to be held in-person at our Betsuin. This service has

June Dharma Article

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