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6/7/2024 – BCA CBE E-News

UPCOMING EVENTS

There is still time to register for the the 7th Annual BCA Youth Retreat. Click the link below for more information, or contact Koichi: bkmizushima@bcahq.org if you have any questions.

REGISTER & MORE INFO

The Summer Pacific Seminar is hosted by BCA, IBS & JSIO. Please join us for this very interesting discussion with our three panel speakers.

REGISTRATION & MORE INFO

Living the Dharma Presents: How to resolves conflicts?

Please join us for this ONLINE VIRTUAL SEMINAR

REGISTRATION & MORE INFO

Calling all artists. Let’s get your pencils, brushes, tools and canvases ready for the 4th annual BCA Virtual Art Exhibit. Please share your art with our wonderful BCA community.

SUBMIT HERE & MORE INFO

DONATIONS TO CBE ARE DEEPLY APPRECIATED

SUPPORT CBE HERE

4/12/2024 – BCA Connect – April 2024

April 2024

Greetings from BCA Connect! Here’s some ways you can stay connected to the dharma and to your community:

  • Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and articles from Wheel of Dharma.
  • Go to the BCA YouTube channel to view dharma content from throughout BCA.

Know someone who would enjoy these emails? Share this sign up link with them: buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/bca-connect.

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BCA National Council Meeting Celebrates Past, Present, and Future

The first in-person BCA National Council Meeting (NCM) since the pandemic turned out to be an extraordinary celebration of the BCA’s 125th anniversary — paying homage to the countless ancestors who paved the Nembutsu way — while looking to a bright future.

The NCM in Sacramento from Feb. 22-25 not only lived up to its theme — “Embracing the Dharma with Hope and Joy” — the event was, well, joyous. The Northwest District hosted the previous in-person NCM in Renton, Washington, in 2020.

“Coming together in person after four years was like a homecoming. We did not realize how much we missed seeing each other and sharing our recent experiences,” said Peggy Okabayashi of Florin, the President of the Northern California District.

Read the full article here

Steven Terusaki Installed as New BCA President

Steven Terusaki, who has held a variety of leadership positions throughout the BCA, was installed as the 43rd President on Feb. 25 at the National Council Eitaikyo Service in Sacramento.

He ascends to this leadership role during the BCA’s 125th anniversary.

“My hope is captured in the 2024 BCA theme, ‘The Right Time Is Now,’ to recommit and build upon the efforts of our predecessors who devoted their lives to ensuring that the Dharma is available to be heard by all,” he said, adding that he will introduce new approaches to leadership and governance.

Read the full article here

Honoring Yoshiko Miwa,

a BCA Supercentenarian

Yoshiko Miwa is a treasure and one for the ages.

Miwa is a lifelong Buddhist who has watched the development of Jodo Shinshu in the United States for over 12 decades.

This amazing woman celebrated her 110th birthday on Feb. 28, becoming a supercentenarian.

Reaching such a milestone is quite an accomplishment while her growth with the Jodo Shinshu teachings is a history filled with memories and gratitude of her illustrious life.

Read the full message here

Discover more stories and articles to connect with

Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma:

BCA Connect Blog
For the old-school, Sunday paper experience, you can now read this month’s issue of the Wheel of Dharma online in newsprint format and access the rest of our digital archives.
Wheel of Dharma: April

Upcoming Events

Psychology of Shinjin

May 11 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST

Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley & Virtual Zoom option

The Psychology of Shinjin is a is doctrinal, theraputic and practical way Shinjin affects our daily lives. This CBE-sponsored lecture will feature special guests: Rev Kiyonobu Kuwahara, Rev Dr Carmela Javellana, Rev Dr Kenji Akahoshi. Registration is available for in person and Zoom attendance

Register Here

BCA Youth Events:

BYR VII Youth Retreat

June 23, 2024 – June 29, 2024

Jodo Shinshu Center

Open to high school age youths and first time participants only. Participants will spend a week learning from BCA ministers and instructors, learn Onaijin etiquette and chanting, and meet other youths from around the nation! For more information and registration details, click below.

Register Here

For All CBE Events:

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link for any virtual events. All event times listed are Pacific time unless otherwise noted. Donations to CBE are gratefully accepted here.

Please contact cbe@bcahq.org or 510-809-1460 for more information on any events or programs. To stay in the know about new CBE programs and news, watch our videos on BCA Center for Buddhist Education YouTube Channel or sign up to receive CBE E-news

Support Buddhism in America through annual programs that educate, connect, and enrich our community:

  • Expand technology and digital media to guide new seekers to Shin Buddhist communities
  • Connect members to innovative virtual programming
  • Highlight the inspirational messages of our ministers.

Make an online offering today at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/dana-program.

Institute of Buddhist Studies

Join us for Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto’s Retirement Celebration

Saturday June 15 | 11:00 AM

The Institute of Buddhist Studies will be honoring Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, President of The Institute of Buddhist Studies, for his life work and service to both IBS and BCA on the occasion of his retirement. To join us for this special event, please register below.

Register Here

Check out the IBS website for any new events!

IBS Website

Digital Dharma Continues to Grow

Find our list of temples with live-streaming and recorded videos here.

BCA YouTube Channel

Bishop’s Messages from Rev. Marvin Harada can be found on the BCA YouTube channel. New dharma content from services, events, and activities is added regularly.

Start your day with Rev. Yuki Sugahara’s morning services

Rev. Sugahara posts daily morning services and shares his joy of playing music and performing Chinese Martial Arts on his YouTube Channel. On his channel, he enjoys creating videos that capture the ordinary lives of Jodo Shinshu Priests.

Virtual meetings, dharma discussions, meditation and other activities

Check local temple e-mails and newsletters to find virtual sessions that keep sanghas connected.

Please send any digital dharma resource links to bcaconnect@bcahq.org.

BCA Online Bookstore

Our Recommended Read & New Product

The Making of American Buddhism

by Scott A. Mitchell

As of 2010, there were approximately 3-4 million Buddhists in the United States, and that figure is expected to grow significantly. Beyond the numbers, the influence of Buddhism can be felt throughout the culture, with many more people practicing meditation, for example, than claiming Buddhist identity. A century ago, this would have been unthinkable. So how did Buddhism come to claim such a significant place in the American cultural landscape?

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New Item

Amida Pendant: 14K Gold-Filled

This 14k gold-filled pendant of Amida Buddha is a little one inch reminder that can be worn daily.

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The BCA Bookstore is now online! Any general inquiries can be sent to bookstore@bcahq.org.

BCA Bookstore Website

Jodo Shinshu: A Guide is available as a PDF on the BCA website. This abridged edition provides an overview of Buddhism, Shinran Shonin, and the Jodo Shinshu teaching.


3/18/2024 – BCA Connect – March 2024

March 2024

Greetings from BCA Connect! Here’s some ways you can stay connected to the dharma and to your community:

  • Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and articles from Wheel of Dharma.
  • Go to the BCA YouTube channel to view dharma content from throughout BCA.

Know someone who would enjoy these emails? Share this sign up link with them: buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/bca-connect.

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Rev. Dr. Seigen Yamaoka: Remembering a Great

For most of his life, Rev. Dr. Seigen Haruo Yamaoka shared the Dharma and, through a series of trailblazing accomplishments, became a monumental figure in leading and shaping the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) and the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS).

Rev. Dr. Yamaoka amassed a 44-year career as a Kaikyoshi minister at the Buddhist Church of Oakland and Buddhist Church of Stockton. He served 15 years as BCA Bishop — and concurrently — as IBS President. He was the H.E. Kosho Ohtani Professor of Shin Buddhist Studies and Vice President of Development at IBS. Through his efforts, IBS became a member school of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California, in 2020.

He also led the BCA’s first national fundraising drive, the Campaign for Buddhism in America, in February 1982.

Rev. Dr. Yamaoka passed away on Dec. 15, 2023, in Seal Beach, California, at the age

of 89.

However, all of these accomplishments, and many others, don’t fully describe the full measure of the man and the countless lives he touched and impacted — all over the world. He was particularly beloved by Sangha members, IBS students and colleagues, and his family. He was devoted to his late wife Shigeko. He loved and cherished his two daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren, craved Costco hot dogs, and was most comfortable at home in his Adidas tracksuit and Raiders cap.

Read the full article here

Firefighters Battle Blaze, Save Arizona Temple

Nearly 100 firefighters battled and extinguished a massive overnight fire Feb. 4 at a construction building next to the Arizona Buddhist Temple — and saved the temple from ruin.

The temple suffered some exterior damage, Arizona Minister’s Assistant Rev. Lynn Sugiyama said, and he added that the Hondo and Onaijin areas were not damaged. The Arizona Buddhist Temple was able to continue its Sunday services.

No one was injured in the fire and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

“First off, I want to express my relief at the news about the Arizona Buddhist Temple being saved from the accidental fire,” Supervising Minister Rev. Gregory Gibbs said.

“We were lucky,” Rev. Sugiyama said. “There was no smoke or fire damage inside.”

Read the full article on the fire here

Donate to the Arizona Buddhist Temple

Hoshina Seki Describes Path as a Trans Woman

It was always meant to be. That’s what my life is all about. But let me unravel how this Japanese American was asked to write this article.

First, I do not know why. I am transgender, and my samsara, the continuous cycle of life, death, and rebirth, keeps going on. This means I’ll return many more times until I get it right.

About nine months before the United States declared war on Japan, I was born in a hospital in New York City. Then, 14 months later in May 1942, my father, Rev. Hozen Seki, was arrested and taken to Ellis Island by two FBI agents.

Read the full message here

Discover more stories and articles to connect with

Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma:

BCA Connect Blog
For the old-school, Sunday paper experience, you can now read this month’s issue of the Wheel of Dharma online in newsprint format and access the rest of our digital archives.
Wheel of Dharma: March

Upcoming Events

Impermanence is a Part of Life: Speaker Panel and Workshop

Sunday, March 17 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST

Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley & Virtual Zoom option

The Impermanence is a part of life workshop will feature panelists who can provide guidance and insight into how you and your family can take big and small steps to preparing for the end of life of our loved ones. This event is free and in person at the Berkley Buddhist Temple and will be virtually livestreamed at the link below.

Workshop Livestream 3/17

Foundations of Buddhist Chaplaincy: A Japan US Dialogue

March 27-29

Institute of Buddhist Studies

2401 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

For registration, please visit the link below.This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies. the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, the Numata Foundation, and the Buddhist Ministry Working Group

More Information

Meeting the Moment:

A discussion on interfaith work in addressing and resisting genocide

Saturday, March 30 | 1:00-2:30 PM

Hybrid at Berkeley Buddhist Temple

We invite you to join us for an interfaith conversation featuring leaders from Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and Christian communities. The speakers are Rev. Michael Yoshii, Rev. Harry Bridge, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, and Dr. Jess Ghannam moderated by Rev. CJ Dunford. Registration encouraged for in person participation and required for virtual livestream link.

RSVP Here

Psychology of Shinjin

May 11 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST

Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley & Virtual Zoom option

The Psychology of Shinjin is a is doctrinal, theraputic and practical way Shinjin affects our daily lives. This CBE-sponsored lecture will feature special guests: Rev Kiyonobu Kuwahara, Rev Dr Carmela Javellana, Rev Dr Kenji Akahoshi. Registration is available for in person and Zoom attendance

Register Here

Yoga, Buddhism, and a Healthy Lifestyle

Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26

Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley

Yoga does not only involve being flexible and doing poses alone! Join us as we explore the relationship of Yoga and Buddhism, participants may be of any age or physical condition. It will be a weekend of fun, relaxation, friendships and stimulating discussions along with gourmet vegetarian food, massages and other events. This event is sponsored by the BCA’s Center for Buddhist Education.

Register Here

BCA Youth Events:

BYR VII Youth Retreat

June 23, 2024 – June 29, 2024

Jodo Shinshu Center

Open to high school age youths and first time participants only. Participants will spend a week learning from BCA ministers and instructors, learn Onaijin etiquette and chanting, and meet other youths from around the nation! For more information and registration details, click below.

Register Here

For All CBE Events:

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link for any virtual events. All event times listed are Pacific time unless otherwise noted. Donations to CBE are gratefully accepted here.

Please contact cbe@bcahq.org or 510-809-1460 for more information on any events or programs. To stay in the know about new CBE programs and news, watch our videos on BCA Center for Buddhist Education YouTube Channel or sign up to receive CBE E-news

Support Buddhism in America through annual programs that educate, connect, and enrich our community:

  • Expand technology and digital media to guide new seekers to Shin Buddhist communities
  • Connect members to innovative virtual programming
  • Highlight the inspirational messages of our ministers.

Make an online offering today at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/dana-program.

Institute of Buddhist Studies

Join us for Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto’s Retirement Celebration

Saturday June 15 | 11:00 AM

The Institute of Buddhist Studies will be honoring Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, President of The Institute of Buddhist Studies, for his life work and service to both IBS and BCA on the occasion of his retirement. To join us for this special event, please register below.

Register Here

Check out the IBS website for any new events!

IBS Website

Digital Dharma Continues to Grow

Find our list of temples with live-streaming and recorded videos here.

BCA YouTube Channel

Bishop’s Messages from Rev. Marvin Harada can be found on the BCA YouTube channel. New dharma content from services, events, and activities is added regularly.

Start your day with Rev. Yuki Sugahara’s morning services

Rev. Sugahara posts daily morning services and shares his joy of playing music and performing Chinese Martial Arts on his YouTube Channel. On his channel, he enjoys creating videos that capture the ordinary lives of Jodo Shinshu Priests.

Virtual meetings, dharma discussions, meditation and other activities

Check local temple e-mails and newsletters to find virtual sessions that keep sanghas connected.

Please send any digital dharma resource links to bcaconnect@bcahq.org.

BCA Online Bookstore

Our Recommended Reads for January

The Making of American Buddhism

by Scott A. Mitchell

As of 2010, there were approximately 3-4 million Buddhists in the United States, and that figure is expected to grow significantly. Beyond the numbers, the influence of Buddhism can be felt throughout the culture, with many more people practicing meditation, for example, than claiming Buddhist identity. A century ago, this would have been unthinkable. So how did Buddhism come to claim such a significant place in the American cultural landscape?

Dharma is Everywhere: Reflections Shared at the California State Assembly

by Reverends Bob and Patti Oshita

In 2016, Reverends Robert (Bob) and Patricia (Patti) Oshita were asked to be chaplains for the California State Assembly. They were the first Buddhists (and first husband and wife team) to serve the Assembly. Their two-term chaplaincy ended in December 2020. Dharma is Everywhere is an inspiring collection of their mindful and heartwarming messages to the California State Assembly.

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The BCA Bookstore is now online! Any general inquiries can be sent to bookstore@bcahq.org.
BCA Bookstore Website
Jodo Shinshu: A Guide is available as a PDF on the BCA website. This abridged edition provides an overview of Buddhism, Shinran Shonin, and the Jodo Shinshu teaching.

2/15/2024 – BCA Connect Newsletter

February 2024

Greetings from BCA Connect! Here’s some ways you can stay connected to the dharma and to your community:

  • Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and articles from Wheel of Dharma.
  • Go to the BCA YouTube channel to view dharma content from throughout BCA.

Know someone who would enjoy these emails? Share this sign up link with them: buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/bca-connect.

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You’re invited: Join us for our virtual National Council Meeting Workshops this Saturday!

Embracing the Dharma with Hope and Joy: BCA National Council Meeting Public Workshops

Saturday, February 17 8:30 AM PST

Virtual via Zoom

This Saturday, a series of

workshops will be presented online and open to the public. Click to view the schedule below and access the Zoom link! No registration required.

View Schedule

Bishop’s Message

Humility and Arrogance: Two Sides of the Same Coin

The Shin Buddhist life can be characterized as a life of humility and  humbleness.

Shinran Shonin was the epitome of humility. He never claimed to be enlightened or awakened. His realization was to see his pride and arrogance. Actually, arrogance and humility are two sides of the same coin. To become humble means to awaken to one’s arrogance. Although it might seem like a contradiction, Buddhist insight, awakening, or realization, has this structure of contradiction.

The thing about humility or being humble is that you cannot “strive” to become humble. Let’s say that you take it upon yourself to “strive” to become humble. You think, “I am going to really work at it. I am going to be the most humble person around.” Maybe you give yourself a couple of months to work at it, and you begin to think, “Hey, I am doing pretty good. I think I am becoming more humble. Yeah, I think I am really humble now!”

Read the full message here

Seattle Betsuin Arson Fire and Restoration Fund

The Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Church has established an Arson Restoration Fund in response to the tragic fires that destroyed thousands of historical archives and caused smoke and fire damage to the temple on New Year’s Eve and Jan. 2.

“We appreciate any and all donations towards rebuilding our temple,” the Seattle Betsuin stated in a message on the temple website. “If you are unable to donate at this time, we understand and would appreciate if you shared this with others. Thank you for your kindness as we navigate the next chapter of our history.”

For questions, the email is: ArsonRestoration@SeattleBetsuin.org. For more information about the Arson Restoration Fund, visit the Seattle Betsuin website.

Read the full article on the fire here and the restoration fund here.

Donate to the Restoration Fund

Sakaye Tsuji’s Contributions, Influence Are Legendary

Sakaye Tsuji was born on July 29, 1924, in Genoa Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, the second youngest of Tsugiye and Tobei Kawabata’s four children. She spent part of her youth in Japan but mostly grew up in the city of Duncan in British Columbia. Although her parents were Buddhist, they sent her to a Christian church for a time.

After World War II broke out, the Kawabata family was incarcerated at the Bay Farm camp in Slocan, a former Gold Rush town in southeast British Columbia. In camp, she met a new Shin Buddhist minister, who was a Canadian native who returned home on the last ship out of Japan at the start of the war. Their first meeting occurred when parents invited Rev. Tsuji over for dinner.

Rev. Tsuji was not only the camp Buddhist minister, but principal of the school. Sakaye Kawabata became a teacher at the school. Although Sakaye’s parents didn’t want her to marry a minister, knowing it wouldn’t be an easy life, that’s what she wanted to do.

Read the full message here

Discover more stories and articles to connect with

Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma:

BCA Connect Blog
For the old-school, Sunday paper experience, you can now read this month’s issue of the Wheel of Dharma online in newsprint format and access the rest of our digital archives.
Wheel of Dharma: February

Buddhist Events

Yoga, Buddhism, and a Healthy Lifestyle

Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26

Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley

Yoga does not only involve being flexible and doing poses alone! Join us as we explore the relationship of Yoga and Buddhism, participants may be of any age or physical condition. It will be a weekend of fun, relaxation, friendships and stimulating discussions along with gourmet vegetarian food, massages and other events. This event is sponsored by the BCA’s Center for Buddhist Education.

Register Here

BCA Youth Events: BYR Summer Retreat

June 23, 2024 – June 29, 2024

Jodo Shinshu Center

Open to high school age youths and first time participants only. Participants will spend a week learning from BCA ministers and instructors, learn Onaijin etiquette and chanting, and meet other youths from around the nation!

All Inquires: bkmizushima@bcahq.org

Psychology of Shinjin

May 11 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PST

Jodo Shinshu Center, Berkeley & Virtual Zoom option

The Psychology of Shinjin is a is doctrinal, theraputic and practical way Shinjin affects our daily lives. This CBE-sponsored lecture will feature special guests: Rev Kiyonobu Kuwahara, Rev Dr Carmela Javellana, Rev Dr Kenji Akahoshi. Registration is available for in person and Zoom attendance

Register Here

For All CBE Events:

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link for any virtual events. All event times listed are Pacific time unless otherwise noted. Donations to CBE are gratefully accepted here.

Please contact cbe@bcahq.org or 510-809-1460 for more information on any events or programs. To stay in the know about new CBE programs and news, watch our videos on BCA Center for Buddhist Education YouTube Channel or sign up to receive CBE E-news

Carving the Divine: Film Showing

Sunday, April 21 | 8:30 AM PST

2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, CA

The Buddhist Temple of Alameda, Rhythmix Cultural Works, and the BCA Art Committee have joined efforts to present the film Carving the Divine at the Rhythmix theater at 2513 Blanding Avenue in Alameda just 1⁄2 mile from the Buddhist Temple of Alameda. Register today to secure your tickets!

Purchase Tickets

Colors of the Infinite: Contemporary Buddhist Art

March 9 – April 23

Opening Reception: March 9, 1-3 PM

K Gallery at Rhythmix Cultural Works

More Information & Opening Reception RSVP
Support Buddhism in America through annual programs that educate, connect, and enrich our community:

  • Expand technology and digital media to guide new seekers to Shin Buddhist communities
  • Connect members to innovative virtual programming
  • Highlight the inspirational messages of our ministers.

Make an online offering today at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/dana-program.

Institute of Buddhist Studies

Numata Symposium Celebrates “Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Practice”<


1/18/2024 – BCA Connect Newsletter

January 2024
Greetings from BCA Connect! Stay connected to the dharma and each other:
  • Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and articles from Wheel of Dharma.
  • Go to the BCA YouTubechannelto view dharma content from throughout BCA.
Encourage members and friends to sign-up at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/bca-connect.
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Seattle Betsuin Arson Fire and Restoration Fund

The Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Church has established an Arson Restoration Fund in response to the tragic fires that destroyed thousands of historical archives and caused smoke and fire damage to the temple on New Year’s Eve and Jan. 2.

“We appreciate any and all donations towards rebuilding our temple,” the

Seattle Betsuin stated in a message on the temple website. “If you are

unable to donate at this time, we understand and would appreciate if you

shared this with others. Thank you for your kindness as we navigate the

next chapter of our history.”

For questions, the email is: ArsonRestoration@SeattleBetsuin.org

And, for more information about the Arson Restoration Fund, visit the

Seattle Betsuin website at: https://seattlebetsuin.org/

Read the full article on the fire here and the restoration fund here.

Donate to the Restoration Fund

Gomonshu’s New Year’s Greeting

Over the last year, innumerable people worldwide have been affected by natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and forest fires. I was particularly shocked by the wildfires that devastated the island of Maui in the state of Hawaii. This disaster completely destroyed the temple hall of Lahaina Hongwanji Mission and one temple member was reported to have lost his life. I would like to offer my deepest condolences to all who have perished in those calamities. I would also like to express my sympathies to those who are still coping with the dire situations. It is my sincere hope that all who have been affected will soon be able to return to a normal daily life.

Read the full message here

Bishop’s Message

BCA’s 2024 Theme Is: ‘The Right Time is Now’

This is a quote from Rennyo Shonin, the eighth Gomonshu of our Shin Buddhist tradition. I am sure that most of you are familiar with Rennyo Shonin as the author of the famous letter on the “White Ashes” that is frequently read at funerals and memorial services. Rennyo Shonin was a tremendous propagator of Shin Buddhism and our Hongwanji grew immensely because of his leadership…

This particular phrase, “The Right Time Is Now,” is urging us to listen to the Dharma now, to come to receive the Dharma now, not to wait for tomorrow, or next week, or next month, or next year.

While we all want our churches and temples to grow, the key to true growth must come from a refocus on the Dharma, on the teachings. When we return to the teachings with a sense of urgency, as if there is no tomorrow, then the teachings become dynamic, relevant, and have an impact on our lives.

Read the full message here

In Appreciation of Tacoma’s Rev. Gladys Pratt

by Bill Teague

Today, we appreciate and accept the diversity in our ministry.

But in 1936, the ordination of Rev. Gladys Sunya Pratt at the Tacoma Buddhist Church (later the Tacoma Buddhist Temple) was truly groundbreaking.

The press descriptions of the time likely seem racist and sexist when describing Rev. Pratt as the “First White Buddhist Priestess.” Surprisingly, those terms were supplied by her sponsor, the Buddhist Mission to North America (BMNA), precursor to the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA).

Who was she really? Gladys Brice was born on Feb. 6, 1898, in Great Britain. Around the age of 14, she picked Buddhism for her spiritual path. She had studied all world religions, as urged by her philosopher father. She continued to study Buddhism on her own.

Read the full article here

 

Discover more stories and articles to connect with

Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma:

BCA Connect Blog
For the old-school experience, you can now read this month’s issue of the Wheel of Dharma online in newsprint format and access the rest of our digital archives:
Wheel of Dharma: January

Buddhist Events

Winter Pacific Seminar: Buddhism and War

January 27, 2024

9:00am – 12:00pm

Come listen to Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Ken Tanaka. and guest speakers (English Speakers) Rev. Iwohara, Rev. Turner, Rev. Quon, (Japanese Speakers) Rev. Wondra, Rev. Furumoto.

In person and virtual event:

Gardena Buddhist Church

1517 West 166th St

Gardena, CA 90247

The registration deadline has been extended to Sunday, January 21st.

Register Here

BCA Youth Events – Save the Date

BYR Seattle Event

This event has been cancelled.

BYR Summer Retreat

June 23, 2024 – June 29, 2024

Jodo Shinshu Center

High School Age first time participants only

Temple Leaders Workshop

February 2-3, 2024 | Jodo Shinshu Center

BCA & CBE are hosting their annual all day workshop event for BCA Temple Leaders. We are inviting 1-2 representatives from all of our BCA temples. This workshop event is a wonderful place to network and meet other leaders, share our temple successes and challenges, and provide inspiration and tools for better leadership. Please join us for this very special in-person event.

The registration deadline for this workshop has been extended to Saturday, January 27th.

Register Here
For All CBE Events:
Registration required to receive Zoom link. All times listed are Pacific time.
Donations to CBE are gratefully accepted here.
Contact cbe@bcahq.org or 510-809-1460 for more information.
Dana Program for

Buddhist Education

Support Buddhism in America through annual programs that educate, connect, and enrich our community:
  • Expand technology and digital media to guide new seekers to Shin Buddhist communities
  • Connect members to innovative virtual programming
  • Highlight the inspirational messages of our ministers.
Make an online offering today at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/dana-program.
Institute of Buddhist Studies

Numata Symposium Celebrates “Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Practice”

By Rev. Gesshin Greenwood

On October 6, 2023, Buddhist scholars and students from around the country gathered at the Institute of Buddhist studies to celebrate the “Oxford Handbook of Buddhist Practice,” edited by Paula Arai and Kevin Trainor. Each panelist presented a paper on their chapter in the anthology, followed by a moderated discussion and then question and answers.

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IBS Events
Learn more about these events on the IBS Website.

1/8/2024 posted – BCA Youth Events – BYR Summer Retreat 2024


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