Dharma Center Completion

Generations. Our Legacy.

Whether you took part in the building of the San Jose Betsuin, grew up within its community or are a newer member – we all share many of the same fond memories – dropping off our children at Lotus Preschool for the first time, attending Dharma School or Buddhism Study Class, participating in Scouting, preserving our heritage through cultural activities, staying involved through the many Betsuin organizations and enjoying the Obon Festival every year. However, our most significant memories are of the friendships we made and our ever-growing ‘family’…our Sangha.  

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. 



  • Customized and upgraded facilities for Lotus Preschool

  • Multi-use classrooms to accommodate Betsuin and community activities

  • Library with room for a research center and essential education assets

  • Media and conference room for larger gatherings, community events, local programs, film showings and private parties

  • Multi-purpose room with attached kitchen (capacity of 120 people seated at tables, 257 in chairs or 360 standing)

  • ADA compliance

  • Essential safety and seismic compliance 

  • Environmentally friendly design that exceeds today’s requirements and will remain relevant for generations to come

  • Larger parking area

  • Workshop and storage for Betsuin facilities, events and maintenance

Project Notes

Project Managers – Michael Charney and Adam Sweeney

AEDIS (San Jose experienced firm, specializing in education design)

Excel Construction (San Jose experienced firm, helping with estimating and budgeting)

Dean Osaki (fundraising consultant)

New building size: 11,764 square feet, two stories (existing Education Building is 6,135 square feet)

Project cost: approximately $15 million (has been adjusted for building schedule and completion in late 2024)

Construction schedule: Tentatively scheduled to start in late 2023 after completing the city planning process, with completion expected in 2024.