2021+++ Archives – BCO News and Activities

6/21/2022 – Thank You for Supporting the 2022 BCO Mini-Bazaar – June 18th, 2022

6/5/2022 – Rev Murakami Youth Sangha Fund Donation

Please help fund the Murakami Scholarship Fund.  The Fund was established by Reverend Toshio Murakami to support youth programs of the Buddhist Church of Oakland.

Bi-Weekly “Online” Momijikai Senior Meetings

BCO Momijikai Senior Group

  • Bi-Weekly Online Zoom Meetings
  • Various Presentation at the Meeting
  • Senior Exercise Instruction

Contact Church Office for Meeting Information (Contact)

2/22/2022 – Athletes in Aprons – New Book from Karen Owoc

How to Live Longer Without Growing Older

Athletes in Aprons is an uncomplicated playbook that puts longevity in your control. But not an athlete, you say? Don’t be so sure you’re not. Being revered as an athlete doesn’t hinge on performance; it’s grounded in perseverance. Whether you’re a back-of-the-packer, cardiac patient, or cancer survivor, true athletes focus on commitment, crave being better than yesterday, and strive to finish. But in order to be more physical, more motivated, and more fun, you need to feed your body… (More)

2/11/2022 – Busshin Newsletter

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The Busshin is the monthly newsletter published by the Buddhist Church of Oakland. (More Info)

1/16/2022 – Shinran Sama – Featuring Rev. Harry Bridge

  • For this year’s Hoonko service commemorating the passing of Shinran Shonin, I made a new arrangement of the gatha Shinran Sama – this is the “karaoke version” with lyrics and translation on the screen.

  • …this is the version with vocals.

1/8/2022 – Busshin Newsletter Febuary 2022 Issue

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The Busshin is the monthly newsletter published by the Buddhist Church of Oakland. (More Info)

12/15/2021 – Busshin Newsletter January 2022 Issue

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The Busshin is the monthly newsletter published by the Buddhist Church of Oakland. (More Info)

2/08/2021 – BCO Mini Mochitsuki Sale

A mini Mochitsuki is planned for Sunday, December 12, 2021.

Kagami mochi and komochi will be the only options available to order and quantities are limited.

Order deadline is Friday, December 10. Please order early. Limited quantities available…

  • Order by Friday December 10th – Online or Phone
  • Pickup Sunday December 12th – 3:00 – 4:30pm Drive Thru

11/20/2021 – Pickup Day – BCO Fall Bento Fundraiser

Update!…  All Bentos were pickup up before 3pm.  Thank you again.  BCO

  • Bento Pickup on Saturday Nov 20, 1-3pm
  • Holiday Toy Drive drop off Nov 20, 1-3pm

Drive Thru Pickup Only for Pre-Orders.  There will be No onsite sales of Bentos on Saturday.

Thank you for your support. BCO

Note: Thank you to Pam Kato for designing the fundraiser flyer.

11/2021 – Holiday Toy Drive

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The Holidays can be a difficult time for some families who struggle to provide the essentials. You can share a gift with a child in need.

  • Bring a new unwrapped toy in original packaging. Gift Cards will also be accepted.
  • Drop off Saturday Nov 20th – 1-3pm during Bento Fundraiser Pickup
  • Drop off Saturday Dec 18th – 12-2pm during See’s Candy Fundraiser Pickup

Toys will be distributed to designated groups in the East Bay.

11/04/2021 – Busshin Newsletter December 2021 Issue

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The Busshin is the monthly newsletter published by the Buddhist Church of Oakland. (More Info)

11/4/2021 – Holiday Greetings

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We are beginning preparations for our 2021-22 “Holiday Greetings” in which we are given the opportunity to extend personal greetings to all our friends and church family members… (PDF Submission Form)

  • Submissions due November 22, 2021
  • Donations can be made online or mailed to Church.

11/4/2021 – Jr YBA See’s Candy Fundraiser

The Jr. YBA will be having a See’s Candy Fundraiser this year.

  • Click here to download the order form (Form)
  • Orders need to be post marked by November 24th
  • Please mail your order and check to Church.
  • Pick up Saturday, December 18th 12-2pm

11/2021 – BCO Fall Bento Fundraiser

The Buddhist Church of Oakland is having a Bento Fundraiser featuring Michael Endo’s delicious Miso Salmon and Edamame Rice. Bentos will be available by pre-sale only. Ordering deadline is Monday November 15th. Orders can be picked up on Saturday November 20 at BCO. Please order early. A limited number of bentos will be available.

  • Bento Ordering Information (Click Here)
Note: Thank you to Pam Kato for designing the fundraiser flyer.

10/08/2021 – Busshin Newsletter November 2021 Issue

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The Busshin is the monthly newsletter from the Buddhist Church of Oakland. (More Info)

9/11/2021 – Busshin Newsletter October 2021 Issue

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The Busshin is the monthly newsletter from the Buddhist Church of Oakland. (More Info)

8/17/2021 – 2021 Youth Club (Basketball) Registration Open

8/9/2021 – 2021 Dharma School Registration Open

BCO Golf Fun Day Outing – Monday September 27th – Berkeley Country Club

The Buddhist Church of Oakland will be holding a Golf Fun Day Outing on Monday, September 27, 2021.  This outing is an opportunity for golfers to get out for a day of fun and golf . This will not be a tournament but rather just a day of fun in the sun. Funds raised will benefit the Buddhist Church of Oakland.


  • Presented Sunday August 8, 2021 – JapanTown Peace Plaza

NBC Bay Area is proud to host a TOKYO 2020 CLOSING CEREMONY BON ODORI on SUNDAY AUGUST 8, 2021 at the Peace Plaza in historic San Francisco Japantown. This program has been coordinated through the Buddhist Churches of America and Nihonmachi Street Fair. Teresa Ono of the Buddhist Church of San Francisco is the point person for the BCA for this program.
If you know of anyone who would like to serve as an dance instructor during the event, please contact Teresa at:  tazono@yahoo.com  Instructors will dance among the circles during the Obon door to help lead dancers.
There will be two dance sessions: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm AND 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

5/28/2021 – Memorial Day Service


May / Memorial Day Donation

Important Notice regarding Memorial Day Weekend

We will not be doing in-person cemetery visitations this year. Rev. Bridge has been visiting the cemeteries and reciting the sutra. A Memorial Day Weekend video will be posted on our YouTube channel on Friday, May 28 and can be viewed at any time after that.

3/21/2021 – Celebrating Women Making History in Buddhism


Dear Dharma School families,
We had a small and sweet live zoom session with a few Dharma School families earlier today. I wanted to send the lesson to you all in case you wanted to do it together as a family. If your child ends up drawing a portrait, please email them to me so we can see their beautiful artwork!
In gassho,

2/21/2021 – Hanamatsuri Bento Sale – Order by Wed March 24th

BCO is having a bento sales to celebrate Hanamatsuri. Bento dinners are being prepared by professional chief Royce Mori in collaboration with SACBC.

  • Please per-order your bento by Wednesday March 24th.

  • Drive-Thur Pickup on Saturday April 3rd between 11:30am and 2:00pm at BCO Parking Lot.

If you are having someone else pickup your bento order, please note it on your order or let us know.
Also, if paying by check, please mail it to Church by March 24th, or bring it when picking up.

Please contact Church if you have any questions.

3/20/2021 – Racism Against Asians

Below, you’ll find information and resources to help you understand the Atlanta shootings and other recent acts of violence against Asian-Americans, and the practice self-care. We hope these resources are helpful when having conversations with your family and friends.

Source: Charles Armstrong School, March 19, 2021

3/12/2021 – Busshin Newsletter April 2021

3/11/2020 – Pets Memorial Service – Sunday April 18th

4/22/2021 – Introduction to Shojin Ryori Cooking with Michael Endo – Buddhist Vegetarian Cuisine – Thursday Night Medical Series

Flyer PDF

Please Sign-up at: BetsuinPrograms@BuddhistChurch.org

Featuring BCO’s Michael Endo

2/2/2021 – Busshin Newsletter March 2021

1/6/2021 – Busshin February 2021

February 2021 Online PDF Version