Dharma School


Sundays – 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

This service is oriented toward the children and their parents. The services include incense offering, sutra chanting, singing, and a brief sermon (Dharma talk). The children are then dismissed to Dharma School classes.


Sundays – 10:10 AM – 11:00 AM

Religious Education is offered for pre-school and school-aged children from the ages of 3 through 18. Classes are generally divided by grade level, except for Pre-School and High School. Teachers are generally lay members of the Sangha who volunteer their time. Classes are held in pre-assigned class rooms immediately following the Dharma School Service.

The Dharma School classes participate in several of the special services conducted throughout the year. The children are thus introduced to and taught about Buddhism through Dharma talks, lecture, crafts, music, and activities. From time to time there may be field trips to other temples or local sites of interest.

Betsuin membership is not required for your child to attend. However, we require every student to register.

The Dharma School year mirrors the academic school year starting in September and ending in early June.

The Dharma School Parent Organization (DSPO) staffs the cross-walk and provides the after-school snacks as well as organizes the potlucks for Bodhi Day and Hanamatsuri luncheons.

For further information, please send email to superintendent@sjbetsuin.org.