In addition to events and activities presented by BCO, the Buddhist Churches of America BCA offers an number of programs and events.

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Archive: 2020


8/14/2021 – Intersections of identity: Asian-American and Young Adult

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JSIO Discussion Series on Clubhouse
The JSIO is kicking off a discussion series on Clubhouse, with a 3 part series on intersections of identity. The first session is on the topic of intersections of identity: Buddhist, Asian-American, and Young Adult, and will take place next Saturday, August 21 at 11am Pacific. We hope you can join us and hear the diverse perspectives of these four speakers! You’ll need to download the Clubhouse app to listen in; the flyer has a link for more information or click on this link: (LINK)

8/13/2021 – BCA Connect Newsletter

August 2021
Greetings from BCA Connect! Stay connected to the dharma and each other:
  • NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma.
  • Go to the BCA YouTubechannelto view the most recent Bishop’s Message and other dharma content from throughout BCA.
Encourage members and friends to sign-up at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/bca-connect.
Bishop’s Message
Three Poisons: Ignorance
I would like to continue my discussion of the three poisons by discussing the third of the poisons, ignorance. The Chinese characters for how ignorance is described is quite interesting. In Japanese, the Buddhist term for ignorance is “mumyo,” and it consists of two Chinese characters. The first character, “mu 無” means “there is no,” or, “it doesn’t exist, and the second character, “myo 明” means “clear, bright, radiant.” So, when you put those two characters together 無明, it means, “there is no clarity, no radiance, no brightness.” It is a very descriptive way of explaining ignorance. When you are in ignorance, there is no light, no radiance, only darkness.
Read the full message here
Watch other YouTube messages from Rev. Marvin Harada.
Wheel of Dharma
Guadalupe’s Onaijin Embodies Storied Past
Jon Kawamoto
The Onaijin at the small Guadalupe Buddhist Church in California’s Central Coast is at the center of a remarkable story of causes and conditions encompassing gratitude, joy, perseverance — and heartbreak.
The story spans more than a century and connects Umekichi Tanaka, a Japanese immigrant farmer and widower, with BCA icon Shinobu Matsuura, and with Tanaka’s daughter — 107-year-old Yoshiko Miwa.
Being at Home With the Nembutsu
Rev. Jundo Gregory Gibbs
One way or another, each of us needs to figure out how to be at home in the world .… At peace in our daily lives. Nembutsu, Buddha-recollection, in our stream of tradition means saying, or holding silently in mind, the name of the Buddha of Limitless Wisdom-light and Endless Life. Our feeling ill at ease in various ways will evaporate in our eventual, Enlightened lives.
The Nembutsu can also help us move towards being more at home even now. The Nembutsu is the direct path (Jiki Do). Nembutsu in its many verbal forms is a direct path to contact with the sacred. “Namo Amida Butsu” gives us direct access to that which is worthy, nurturing and true.
An Accidental Realization
Teresa Shimogawa
I’m a Buddhist convert. I never set out to officially call myself a Buddhist. It just sort of happened by association when I met and married the teacher in the classroom next door to mine, who happened to have been born and raised Buddhist.
Even though I was willing to sometimes attend service with him, as a disenchanted former Catholic, I had no intention of formally subscribing to anything. I refused to chant. I didn’t bow. I never pressed my hands together. It reminded me too much of Catholicism, reciting “Hail Mary” and “The Lord’s Prayer” and making the sign of the cross.
Social Welfare Committee Awards $20,000 to
Umenoki Gardens
Naoko Fujii
The BCA Social Welfare Committee has awarded a $20,000 grant to Umenoki Gardens Senior Home, located on the grounds of the Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church in Union City, California.
Umenoki provides 24-hour palliative care for seniors who can no longer care for themselves and require more assistance than their families can provide. The care philosophy integrates Buddhist principles and Japanese culture to maintain the spirit of the Japanese American culture and community. People from all backgrounds and religions are welcome at Umenoki.
Read the full article here
Thank You, BCA Donors, for Your Dana
Bishop Rev. Marvin Harada
Once again, may I take this opportunity to thank our many, many generous donors to the BCA over the course of this past year.
The first of the Six Paramitas is Dana, or “giving.” It is one of the most fundamental practices in Buddhism. The BCA, and all of our local churches and temples, cannot survive without the generous “dana” of our members.
Thank you so much for your support and contributions this past year, especially as we faced the terrible COVID-19 pandemic. All of our churches and temples have had to cancel major fundraisers, but despite that, through the generosity and support of local members and the greater community, donations were received to compensate for the lack of fundraisers. On top of that, many of you have donated to the BCA as well. The only word I can say to express our gratitude is, “Namuamidabutsu.”
Visit the Dharma Forward website here
Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma:
Visit Wheel of Dharma online to read this month’s issue in newsprint format and access the digital archives:
Buddhist Education Events
Rennyo’s Contribution to Hongwanji Thought
August 21, 2021
11:00am – 1:00pm PST
Rev. Dr. Mutsumi Wondra discusses Rennyo and his contribution to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.
The Three Pure Land Sutras Chanting Marathon
August 28, 2021
12:00pm – 4:00pm PST
The Jodo Shinshu International Office (JSIO) is pleased to bring you all three of the Pure Land Sutras! Please join us for this special live-stream event where we will have the rare opportunity to listen to all three pure land sutras chanted in their entirety. This event is ONE DAY ONLY and will not be posted to YouTube after, so please don’t miss it!
Fall CBE Events
September 18 – Shinjin, Part 1
September 25 – Shinjin, Part 2
October 16 – Jodo Shinshu Modernity
October 23 – 本願のこころ
October 30 – The Three Poisons
November 13 – 浄土真宗をたとえると?
November 20 – Koichi’s Kitchen
For All CBE Events:
To find out more about CBE Events click the link below.
View past Seminars on the CBE Youtube Channel
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.
Virtual Zoom Events
Young Buddhist Editorial
Collective Karma
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
5:00pm PT
YBE Social Justice Committee welcomes Dr. Jean-Paul R. Contreras deGuzman (he/him), Mariko Fujimoto Rooks (she/her/null), and Gina Mie Goosby (she/her) in conversation on the intersection of Buddhism and colonial legacies.
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6/16/2021 – BYR Summer Retreat – Deadline Extended

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Hello everyone,
We have extended the deadline to register for the BYR Summer Retreat until this SUNDAY.  (You can click the link in the pdf version of the flyer.) We have a nice group of kids registered, but we still have room for a few more, so I thought it would be wonderful to get a few more kids to sign up.  Please reach out to any kids that you think would enjoy this experience.  Thank you again for sharing the information and all of your support for BCA Youth Programming.
Gasshi,
Koichi

6/15/2021 BCO Connect Newsletter

June 2021
Greetings from BCA Connect! Stay connected to the dharma and each other:
  • NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma.
  • Go to the BCA YouTubechannelto view the most recent Bishop’s Message and other dharma content from throughout BCA.
Encourage members and friends to sign-up at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/bca-connect.
Bishop’s Message
Greed, First of Three Poisons
in Buddhism
For the next three Wheel of Dharma issues, I would like to cover the topic of the Three Poisons in Buddhism.
The three poisons are greed, anger and ignorance, or sometimes stupidity is used for ignorance. Rev. Dr. Kenneth Tanaka has coined these three poisons as the acronym of GAS. We humans can be consumed by GAS. While this is a humorous way to remember the three poisons, the fact that Buddhism uses the metaphor of “poison,” to describe these three emotions is quite significant.
Read the full message here
Watch other YouTube messages from Rev. Marvin Harada.
Wheel of Dharma
Mindful Action in Mindless Times:
A Buddhist Response to Injustice
Jon Kawamoto
An unprecedented gathering of Buddhist lineages and ethnicities came together May 4 at the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles to offer a united message of healing amid the alarming rise of anti-Asian hate and violence.
That May 4 date carried particular significance because it marked the 49th day after the horrific murder of eight people in Atlanta, Georgia — six of whom were Asian American women. In many Buddhist traditions, 49 days after death marks an important transition for the bereaved.
Where You Headed?
Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge
If you have read some of my previous articles, then you have probably heard me talk about the Middle Path.
This is the Middle Way between extremes, exemplified by Siddhartha Gotama’s rejection of the pleasure of his life as a prince and the difficult ascetic practices he performed while questing for awakening.
The reason I like it is because I have found it to be applicable to many things in my life. Unlike dogma, which sets down ironclad rules that we aren’t allowed to question and which may not apply to various situations, the Middle Way is flexible and allows me to see things in a different, hopefully helpful way.
Rev. Dr. Yamaoka Spreads Dharma on Social Media — One Line at a Time
Jon Kawamoto
After he retired from the Buddhist Church of Oakland in 2008, Rev. Dr. Seigen Haruo Yamaoka’s youngest daughter Stacy urged him to keep socially active — and signed him up on Facebook and Twitter.
He’s been hooked on social media ever since — nearly a decade and almost 4,000 pithy posts ago.
Rev. Yamaoka’s Twitter: @life_simple
YBE Spotlighted on ‘Today’ Show
Jon Kawamoto
Young Buddhist Editorial, which celebrated its one-year anniversary earlier this year, scored a major media coup when it was the subject of a national “Today” show segment on May 7.
The NBC morning show also featured Rev. Katsuya Kusunoki, Rev. Tadao Koyama, Tacoma Dharma School Superintendent June Akita, and the Tacoma Dharma School students in a virtual Zoom session.
Read the full article here
Watch the Today Show segment here
NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma:
Visit Wheel of Dharma online to read this month’s issue in newsprint format and access the digital archives:
Buddhist Education Events
Embraced & Never Abandoned: Jodo Shinshu & LGBTQ+
June 19, 2021
11:00am – 1:00pm PST
Rev. Ko’e A. Umezu (West LA Buddhist Temple) discusses Jodo Shinshu and the LGBTQ+ community.
Kinnara: The Roots of Taiko in the US
June 26, 2021
11:00am – 1:00 pm PST
Discussion with Rev. Masao Kodani, BCA Minister Emeritus, and Johnny Mori & other members of Kinnara Taiko.
BYR Summer Retreat
July 12, 2021 – July 14, 2021
11:00am – 1:00pm PST
A CBE hosted summer program for high school age youth. You will learn how to lead services, attend classes on Shin Buddhism, and make lifelong friends.
REGISTRATION EXTENDED UNTIL JUNE 20
TOSC Website Building Workshop
July 31, 2021
11:00am – 1:00pm PT
Need help creating a website for your temple? BCA’s Technology and Outreach Subcommittee is hosting a website building workshop to help temples understand their options when updating or creating their website.
For All CBE Events:
To find out more about CBE Events for the summer click the link below.
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.
Virtual Zoom Events
Young Buddhist Editorial
YBE Social Justice Committee Presents:
Face to Face: Queer Dharma
June 27th, 2021 at 3 pm PT
The YBE Social Justice Committee will soon launch our new summer panel series, “Face to Face.” In honor of Pride Month, our first event will be a panel of LGTBQ+ community members, featuring Noel Alumit, MDiv., Rev. Keisuke Lee-Miyaki, Juliet Bost, and moderator Rev. CJ Sokugan Dunford. We hope to learn more about how Queerness and Buddhism intersect and align.
YBE is a space for young Buddhists to express themselves and build solidarity with other young persons, advocates, and allies across the country. To learn more about YBE,

The Young Buddhist Editorial – Connecting our community through stories and art

Vision
The YBE recognizes the cultural and religious importance Buddhism has in many communities and works to preserve the stories of those who came before us while sharing the current experiences of young Buddhists.

Mission
The Young Buddhist Editorial is dedicated to providing a platform for the expression of young Buddhists and a safe space where such young Buddhists can foster growth, community and interconnectedness while creating a dialogue between young Buddhists and other generations of Buddhists


5/31/2021 –  Retreat Postponed – Human Nature – Buddha Nature

Retreat:
HUMAN NATURE – BUDDHA NATURE
June 25-27, 2021
Due to COVID, Retreat postponed to 2022

Replaced By:  Zoom Seminar

“Human Nature – Buddha Nature”
The Practice of Living Shin Buddhism
July 31, 2021 – 11:00 am-12:30
Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi

Listening to Dharma talks, reading books, and watching videos by Dharma teachers give us a good understanding of Shin Buddhism.  However, until it becomes a daily practice, much of it remains a concept.  The annual retreats have been a success since 1998 because they provided an “experience” of Shin.  This seminar will present the Shin practice of the Nembutsu to become an experience.

Contact the BTSD office to register:
info@btsd.net or call (619) 239-0896.


5/23/2021 – BCA Connect Newsletter

May 2021
Greetings from BCA Connect! Stay connected to the dharma and each other:
  • NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma.
  • Go to the BCA YouTubechannelto view the most recent Bishop’s Message and other dharma content from throughout BCA.
Encourage members and friends to sign-up at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/bca-connect.
Bishop’s Message
“The Universality of
Namuamidabutsu”
If Shin Buddhism is to make an impact on Buddhism in the West, it will have to express in a meaningful manner, what is Namuamidabutsu, to those who don’t read or speak Japanese.
Those of us who are Japanese Americans, we have grown up hearing the Nembutsu. Of course, it was a foreign word to us as well, but many of us have heard and seen our devout grandmothers or grandfathers saying with depth and conviction, Namandabutsu, Namandabutsu, when they went before their Obutsudan or in the temple Hondo.
Read the full message here
Watch other YouTube messages from Rev. Marvin Harada.
Wheel of Dharma
Mindful Action in Mindless Times:
A Buddhist Response to Injustice
Dr. Jean-Paul deGuzman
The recent murders of eight people in Atlanta, the majority of whom were Asian Americans, were a tragic crest in a wave of anti-Asian violence that has swept across the United States.
Although we may attribute this violence to contemporary xenophobic and sinophobic rhetoric in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of those lives rests within a much deeper, far more treacherous past…
Though Not Visible, They Are There
Rev. Noritaka Imada
“Where is our mind?” This was one of the topics of the discussion class that I attended. There were various opinions and it was very interesting.
Someone said, “The mind is in our head. Because we use our brains when we think.” Or, “The mind is in our heart. Because our heart beats fast when we are nervous.” But there was no specific answer. Also, I have heard the phrase, “The mind is invisible and cannot be touched by our hands, but it certainly exists there.”
Alternatively, someone says that “the mind is visible and is outside of the body.” So I tried to see what was on the outermost side of my body.
My Trip to Poston Site, Courtesy of Ohigan Service
Baron Nitta
My trip to Poston really began because of the Spring Ohigan (Equinox) Service at the Poston Memorial Monument in Parker, Arizona, performed by Rinban Rev. Kakei Nakagawa, Rev. Kaz Nakata, and Rev. Midori Nakagawa.
I went with my friends, Jack and Betty Mori, who invited me to ride along. When we arrived, the first thing that you notice is the tall majestic monument that towers into the sky.
Connecting the Dharma and Sangha Through Yoga
by: Rick Kawamura
In February 2020, I attended a Center for Buddhist Education (CBE) workshop at the Jodo Shinshu Center where I reconnected with a friend I hadn’t seen in many years. Bob Matsueda and I grew up together at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple (PABT) and it was through this latest encounter that I learned Bob was a yoga instructor.
Bob and I kept in touch over the months, and as PABT began planning virtual events to support our members staying at home during the pandemic, we were excited to be able to host an online yoga seminar taught by Bob titled “Yoga for Health at Any Age and Physical Ability: A Complementary Practice to Buddhism (Self Care & Compassion for the Benefit of All Beings Everywhere).”
Read the full article here.
NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma:
Visit Wheel of Dharma online to read this month’s issue in newsprint format and access the digital archives:
Buddhist Education Events
Eastern Buddhist League
May 29, 2021- May 30, 2021
EVENT TIMELINE
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Joint Dharma School Class, Expressions of Gratitude Presentation and Eastern District Service Project,
2 p.m. ET – 3 p.m. ET
Creating inclusive temple environments for diverse Sanghas- Group Discussion,
4 p.m. ET – 5:30 p.m. ET
Virtual Progressive Dinner,
6 p.m. ET – 8 p.m. ET
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Joint Sunday Service,
11:30 a.m. ET – 12:30 p.m. ET
Crossing Over to Shin Buddhism Seminar,
1 p.m. ET – 2:30 p.m. ET
Closing, 2:30 p.m. ET – 2:45 p.m. ET
Temple Planting Event, varies by location
Upcoming CBE Seminars
June 19, 2021
11:00am – 1:00 pm PST
June 26, 2021
11:00am – 1:00 pm PST
Join CBE at the June Seminars.
Embraced & Never Abandoned: Jodo Shinshu & LGBTQ+
  • Rev. Ko’e A. Umezu (West LA Buddhist Temple)
Kinnara: The Roots of Taiko in the US
  • Discussion with Rev. Masao Kodani, BCA Minister Emeritus, and Johnny Mori & other members of Kinnara Taiko.
BYR Summer Retreat
July 12, 2021 – July 14, 2021
11:00am – 1:00pm PST
A CBE hosted summer program for high school age youth. You will learn how to lead services, attend classes on Shin Buddhism, and make lifelong friends.
For All CBE Events:
To find out more about CBE Events for the summer click the link below.
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.
Virtual Zoom Events
Monthly Dharma Gatherings: Young Adults (Ages 18-35)
June 4, 2021
West LA Buddhist Temple
Join us via Zoom on the following dates from 7:00p-8:30p for a short service and Dharma reflection session discussing various topics and reflecting on how they relate to “my life.” Register once at the link below. You will not need to register for each individual session. A Zoom link will be sent the day before each session.

5/12/2021 – Shin Buddhism’s Future: How can we be apart of it

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This seminar is being co-hosted by our Tacoma YABA group as well as our Buddhist Education Committee. While all and everyone are welcome to this event, we were hoping to target a younger audience like YBA, College YBA, YABA, TechnoBuddha crowd. It is our hopes that this series and seminar will begin a discussion from people our age who love being involved with the temples but also how we can start engaging with them and how we as an age demographic can start taking part in the future of our particular sect within the future of America.

Our keynote speaker will be Rev. Hibiki Murakami. The event is FREE! (donations to the temple are always welcome)…

In Gassho,

Rev. Tadao Koyama

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4/26/2021 – Alameda Chicken Bento Sale – Pre-order Required


4/20/2021 – Thursday Night Medical Series

“Live Each Day Well”

Thursday, May 20, 2021: 6:30pm

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Presented by the Buddhist Church of Sacramento.


4/10/2021 – BCA Connect Newsletter – April 2021

April 2021

Greetings from BCA Connect! Stay connected to the dharma and each other:
  • NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma.
  • Go to the BCA YouTubechannelto view the most recent Bishop’s Message and other dharma content from throughout BCA.
Encourage members and friends to sign-up at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/bca-connect.
Bishop’s Message
“A Reflection on the Rise
of Asian Hate Crimes”
We have all been concerned about recent events in the news about the rise of hate crimes and violence against Asians.
It feels like as human beings, we are going backwards in time to the era of our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, many of whom lived through prejudice and discrimination against Asians. Some of you today lived through that era firsthand, being incarcerated in the internment camps.
Read the full message here
Watch other YouTube messages from Rev. Marvin Harada.
Wheel of Dharma
Regina Boone Delivers Powerful Talk at NCM 2021
Jon Kawamoto
In 2019, Regina Boone captivated millions of viewers in Japan when NHK broadcast her incredible journey to uncover what happened to her Japanese immigrant grandfather.
Boone again wowed an audience as the special guest speaker Feb. 28 at the virtual BCA National Council closing program. She described her odyssey from Virginia to the Midwest to a small fishing village in Japan — and the meanings, messages and lessons learned along the way.
Social Welfare Fund Awards $20,000 to Dorothy’s Place
Jon Kawamoto
BCA’s Social Welfare Fund has awarded a $20,000 grant to Dorothy’s Place, which provided nearly 200,000 meals to the homeless in Salinas during the pandemic last year.
The Franciscan Workers/Dorothy’s Place and the Buddhist Temple of Salinas applied for the grant to address the pandemic’s impact on the capacity to provide meals to those suffering from deprivation of basic human needs.
Hearing the Buddha’s Wish
Rev. Koho Takata
Sakyamuni Buddha teaches us that hatred is not overcome by hatred. Hatred is overcome by love. Anger creates just anger. Revenge can only be overcome by abandoning revenge. The Buddha also teaches us that we are not noble because of the family into which we were born. Rather, we become noble as a result of our actions.
The Buddha negated the classification of people by birth or faith. We should remind ourselves that all people deserve to be respected and treated equally under the law of Dharma. Furthermore, Shinran Shonin teaches us that the Primal Vow of Amida Buddha makes no distinction between people young and old, good and evil. From Buddha’s Enlightened Eyes, all beings are the same and equal.
Rev. Kodo Umezu Praised for Leadership, Foresight
There was a little-known — but profound — reason why former BCA Bishop Rev. Kodo Umezu chose to be at the Buddhist Church of San Francisco on Feb. 28, when he was honored for his 47-year career as a Kaikyoshi minister.
He noted the San Francisco temple was built in 1937 with contributions from its Sangha members as well as BCA members around the country. “Right after the Depression, they donated 5 cents, 10 cents, 15 cents — they built this building,” he said. “That’s why I wanted to be here. I wanted to thank those people — not just people today.”
Read the full article by editor Jon Kawamotohere.
NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma:
Visit Wheel of Dharma online to read this month’s issue in newsprint format and access the digital archives:
Buddhist Education Events
Socially Engaged Buddhism
April 10, 2021
5:00 – 6:30 pm PST
What is “Socially Engaged Buddhism?” What are some of the examples of Buddhist social engagements in Japan and elsewhere? How do we apply the idea of socially engaged Buddhism to a Jodo Shinshu life guided by the Nembutsu?
Beyond Mindfulness
April 10, 2021
10:30am – 12:00 pm PST
April 17, 2021
10:30am – 12:00 pm PST
April 24, 2021
10:30am – 12:00 pm PST
The West LA Buddhist Temple present the Buddhism Beyond Mindfulness seminar. This 5 session seminar will include the first 3 sessions during the month of April.
What is the Future of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in the West?
April 17, 2021
11:00am – 1:00pm PST
A CBE hosted discussion featuring the leaders from BCA (Bishop Rev. Marvin Harada), Buddhist Temples of Canada (Bishop Rev. Tatsuya Aoki), and from Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii (Bishop Rev. Eric Matsumoto)
For All CBE Events:
To find out more about CBE Events for the summer click the link below.
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.
Virtual Zoom Events
Monthly Dharma Gatherings: Young Adults (Ages 18-35)
May 7, 2021 & June 4, 2021
West LA Buddhist Temple
Join us via Zoom on the following dates from 7:00p-8:30p for a short service and Dharma reflection session discussing various topics and reflecting on how they relate to “my life.” Register once at the link below. You will not need to register for each individual session. A Zoom link will be sent the day before each session.
Young Buddhist Editorial
Building Buddhist Communities:
A Retreat Inspired by Be the Refuge
Saturday, May 22nd, 2021
10am–3pm Pacific
This online retreat will include author Chenxing Han and fourinteractive sessions inspired by her recently published book, Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists. The retreat is open to people of all backgrounds. We hope our time together can deepen connections and build friendships within and beyond our Buddhist communities.
Registration is free; donations to support event costs are welcome: tinyurl.com/BetheRefuge
“Where Are We At?” Research Survey
We hope to learn what keeps people in our Jodo Shinshu community involved in temple activities or why they are no longer involved. The goal is to help our temples develop programming to better support our community.
The target demographic is 18 and over; survey time is 10 minutes. Questions:YBEresearch@gmail.com. We appreciate your feedback!
YBE is a space for young Buddhists to express themselves and build solidarity with other young persons, advocates, and allies across the country. To learn more about YBE, visit their website and Facebook page.

3/28/2021 – Retreat: HUMAN NATURE within BUDDHA NATURE

WAKING UP TO A PATH OF HARMONY – June 25-27, 2021 – (near Palm Springs CA)

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Shin Buddhism, the largest branch of Buddhism in Japan, is emerging in America.  Shin offers a compelling process of approaching life challenges with effective results.  By incorporating simple daily habits of gratitude, Shin followers are able to appreciate life, regardless of their material circumstance.  Introspection, discussion, and insightful activities will bring alive a deep philosophy to a personal experience.  Come experience the perspective that makes ordinary life, an extraordinary reality.  Human nature inspired by Buddha nature, provides a proven path of harmony, amid the challenges of contemporary life.  Wake up to American Shin Buddhism.

The Yokoji Zen Mountain Center:
A rustic retreat near Idyllwild in the San Jacinto mountains. www.zmc.org

Facilitator:  Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi
Shin Buddhist minister with a background in transpersonal psychology, wilderness vision quests, personal growth and body-mind-spirit disciplines.

 Details and Registration
$225 before / $ 250 after May 31:      Shared rooms & vegetarian meals
Tuition:       by donation at Retreat.
Due to COVID, retreat may be postponed to 2022.

Send email (no money) to ensure registration.  This may be the last retreat in Southern Calif.
Contact:  Buddhist Temple of San Diego
Email: info@btsd.net  ~  Phone: (619) 239-0896

Retreat Packet – Word Document Link

Retreat Packet – PDF Link


2/28/2021 – BCA Eitaikyo Perpetual Memorial Service
Guest Speaker Reverend Kodo Umezu

YouTube Video of Event

The Eitaikyo Perpetual Memorial Service is held in appreciation and respect for all those departed members who supported and assisted our temples and who wished to ensure the continuation of Shinran Shonin’s teachings. This annual event will have participants from all BCA temples throughout the United States. We welcome you to join us for this important event. This online service is open to the public and  is being held in conjunction with the Ministers’ Association & National Council Meeting 2021 (NCM).

Note: There will be no Dharma Family Service at BCO on Feb 28th. We encourage all to attend online the BCA Eitaikyo Perpetual Memorial Service.


2/28/2021 – BCA National Council Closing Program

Immeasurable Encounterings: BCA Past, Present, and Future

YouTube Video of the Event

First we will honor the career of Rev. Kodo Umezu, recently retired minister and Past BCA Bishop.

Next we will hear from Regina Boone, Virginia photojournalist and granddaughter of Tsuruju Miyazaki, a Japanese immigrant and incarceree who never returned home after World War II. Carrying little more than a portrait and a name, Boone’s journey to discover what happened to her grandfather leads her to a faraway family butsudan.

The final segment will focus on the future with a message from our current BCA Bishop, Rev. Marvin Harada. We will share our vision to build the future of Buddhism in America through the Dharma Forward campaign and premiere a special video.

Musical Performances by the Cherry Blossomz


2/28/2021 – Regina Boone – Journalist Unravels Mysteries of her Japanese grandfather

YouTube Video

Regina Boone was featured at the 2021 BCA National Council Meeting Closing Program (Event Link).

NHK Documentary

NHK video on Regina Boone discovery of her Japanese Grandfather’s story (Video posted by NHK till March 31, 2021)


2/28/2021 – Darmathon and Recognition of Retiring Minister

YouTube video of the event.


2/26/2021 – BCA Dharma Forward – Campaign

OUR FUTURE IS BRIGHT IF WE’RE READY FOR THE CHALLENGE

Interest in Buddhism is growing in America as people seek a better way to live in a self-centered, divisive culture. Our temples offer sangha: a community, a shared experience of the teachings, and a place to call home as we listen to the dharma together. The Institute of Buddhist Studies also offers sangha: a graduate school community of engaged scholars, practitioners, and future ministers.

These communities exist because of dedicated efforts over many generations to carry the dharma forward to us. In gratitude for the Buddha’s wisdom and compassion, now we carry the dharma forward with entrusting hearts. Our opportunity to grow is greater than ever, and the pathway to a bright future includes YOU!

Dharma Forward Video

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2-26-2021 – Jōdo Shinshū dot Faith Website

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@ Ministers’ Association & National Council Meeting 2021 – Living in the Nembutsu. February 19 — 28, 2021

  • Sat Feb 20 – 10:30am – BCA Town Hall Meeting
    Turning Our Membership Decline Around: Ways We Can Do It
    Recording will be posted
  • Sat Feb 20 – 1:30pm – BCA Ministerial Affairs Committee
    Featuring Glenn Kitasoe
    Recording will be posted
  • Sat Feb 20 – 2:45pm – Providing a Needed Service to the Community: Pre-School and Adult Senior Day Care Programs
    Featuring Claire Tamamoto, Aiea Hongwanji Mission
    Recording will be posted
  • Sat Feb 20 – 4:00pm – BCA Endowment Foundation
    Featuring Koichi Sayano, Endowment Board and Anna McGibbons, Angeles Investments
    Recording will be posted
  • Sat Feb 20 – 5:25pm – Young Buddhist Editorial
    Featuring Devon Matsumoto and YBE Members
    Recording will be posted
  • Saturday Feb 27 – 3:30pm – Experience the Nembutsu: Dharmathon and Recognition of Retiring Ministers
    Featuring Reverends Ronald Kobata, Fumiaki Usuki. Yukiko Motoyoshi, and Patricia Usuki
    3:30 PM PST

  • Sun Feb 28 – 10am – BCA Eitaikyo Perpetual Memorial Service
    Guest Speaker Reverend Kodo Umezu
    10:00 AM PST
  • Sun Feb 28 – 1:30pm – BCA National Council Closing Program: Dharma Forward
    Celebrate those who have brought us to this moment as we carry the dharma forward together
    1:3o PM PST

3/13/2021 – RIGHT EFFORT: Making Dharma School Classrooms Anti-Racist Environments

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2/10/2021 – BCA Connect Newsletter

February 2021

Greetings from BCA Connect! Stay connected to the dharma and each other:
  • NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma.
  • Go to the BCA YouTubechannelto view the most recent Bishop’s Message and other dharma content from throughout BCA.
Encourage members and friends to sign-up at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/bca-connect.
Bishop’s Message
“Becoming Settled in Unsettling Times”
I don’t know how any Americans could say that they weren’t terribly disturbed by the events of Jan. 6, when the U.S. Capitol was overcome by insurgents who overwhelmed security and police to not only enter the hallowed building, but to break into the chambers and offices of our government leaders, vandalizing and causing chaos and disruption.
Read the full message here
Watch other YouTube messages from Rev. Marvin Harada.
Wheel of Dharma
New Podcasts Raising Tough Topics
When National Public Radio broadcast an interview with Rev. Dr. Takashi Miyaji on the subject of Bodhi Day — the brief, five-minute segment marked a milestone for the BCA and Shin Buddhism in the United States.
It was tacit recognition by a national media organization of the Pure Land sect — and the seeds that led to the NPR show were planted with Rev. Dr. Miyaji’s podcasts that he began in March 2020 when the pandemic was just beginning to take hold as the new reality.
Read the full article by editor Jon Kawamotohere.
For Podcast Fans, BCA
Offers Variety of Choices
Jon Kawamoto
The BCA is no stranger when it comes to the world of podcasts. In fact, they’ve been around since 2006 — when the Midwest Buddhist Temple began providing its Sunday services with Rev. Ronald Miyamura.
There’s a wide variety of podcasts available to Sangha members and anyone interested in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.
Finding Nembutsu Teachings in Classic Manga
Rev. Sala Sekiya
When the pandemic hit and we were faced with a new pattern of life in a hint of fear, just like many of you who have binge watched movies and TV shows, I decided to finally tackle the Japanese masterpiece manga series “One Piece” written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda.
An Unexpected Encounter Turns Into Dharma Lesson
Rev. Candice Shibata
As I was at the supermarket purchasing flowers for our Sunday Zoom service, I thought that I would pick up a few additional items that I needed. Although it was only 1pm, it was a little crowded since Thanksgiving was just around the corner.
This was not my regular supermarket, so I found myself unacquainted with the layout of the store and needing to look up at each sign hanging above the aisles to see where things were kept.
NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma:
Visit Wheel of Dharma online to read this month’s issue in newsprint format and access the digital archives:
Center for Buddhist Education
Discovering Buddhism in Everyday Life
Saturday February 6, 2021
10:00am to 11:30am
Listen to the stories behind the collection of heartwarming essays.
Rev. Marvin Harada
Bishop of the BCA
Honen as Religious Revolutionary
Saturday February 13, 2021
11:00am to 1:00pm
Learn more about Honen, the person who defined the Buddhism we identify as Japanese today.
Dr. Mark Blum
University of California Berkeley
Letting Go: A Zen & Shin Approach to Liberation
March 6, 2021
11:00am – 1:00pm
Duncan Ryuken Williams, author of the book American Sutra, received his Ph.D. in Religion from Harvard University. He is currently Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages & Cultures and Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture.
Zen Practice: Timeless Calling, Timely Response
March 13, 2021
11:00am – 1:00pm
Anton Tenkei Coppens is the abbot of Zen River Temple. Born in The Netherlands, he has a background in art and art history. After starting his Zen training in England in 1976, Coppens received Shiho, Dharma transmission, from Genpo Roshi in 1996 and Inka, the final seal of approval, in 2006.
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.
Virtual Zoom Events
Monthly Dharma Gatherings: Young Adults (Ages 18-35)
February 5, 2021 – June 4 2021
West LA Buddhist Temple
Join us via Zoom on the following dates from 7:00p-8:30p for a short service and Dharma reflection session discussing various topics and reflecting on how they relate to “my life.” Register once at the link below. You will not need to register for each individual session. A Zoom link will be sent the day before each session..
Young Buddhist Editorial
YBE Expresses Gratitude for BCA, Sacramento Bestuin, Donors
Koki Atcheson
In the past few months, the Young Buddhist Editorial reached a meaningful financial milestone.
Our organization received our first donations from individuals, in addition to grants from the Sacramento Buddhist Temple Legacy Endowment Fund and the BCA Bishop’s Expansion Fund.
As we celebrate the one-year anniversary of YBE, these generous contributions enable us to focus on our mission to connect young Buddhists, uplift intersectional perspectives on the Dharma and adjacent cultural experiences, and promote social justice in service of our communities.
Voices of Resilience: 1st Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, February 6th at 5pm PST
YBE is a space for young Buddhists to express themselves and build solidarity with other young persons, advocates, and allies across the country. To learn more about YBE, visit their website and Facebook page.

1/24/2021 – Regina Boone – Journalist Unravels Mysteries of her Japanese grandfather

Regina Boone will be featured in February at the 2021 BCA National Council Meeting


1/9/2021 – 2021 BCA Digital Calendar


1/9/2020 – BCA Connect Newsletter – January 2021

January 2021
Greetings from BCA Connect! Stay connected to the dharma and each other:
  • NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma.
  • Go to the BCA YouTubechannelto view the most recent Bishop’s Message and other dharma content from throughout BCA.
Encourage members and friends to sign-up at buddhistchurchesofamerica.org/bca-connect.
Bishop’s Message
Let’s Express the Essence of Shin Buddhism: ‘A Life of Gratitude’
A Happy New Year to all of you! May 2021 be a year in which we hope to all get vaccinated and see the end of this terrible pandemic that we have all suffered through. (I have never looked forward to a shot more in my life.)
But most likely we will still have to keep our churches and temples closed for some time, until people receive the vaccinations that will make it safe to gather again. How wonderful that will be to see each other again in person.
Read the full message here
Watch other YouTube messages from Rev. Marvin Harada.
Wheel of Dharma
New Year, New Website!
It’s no secret that the world is ready to turn the page on the challenges of 2020.
At the same time, these challenges brought the essentials of our lives into focus. Physical separation from our temples gave us new determination to stay connected to the Dharma and each other through online services, Dharma discussions, and Sangha activities.
In that spirit, our BCA Communications Technology and Outreach Subcommittee has been hard at work over the past year on our new BCA website.
Read the full article by John Mullins here.
Spirit of ‘No Side’ Is the
Middle Path
Rev. Yushi Mukojima
The U.S. presidential election took place last November and it attracted a great deal of attention worldwide.
But the election was also complicated by historic political as well as pandemic concerns, it has taken longer than anticipated to finalize the vote count, which means that results remained undecided. Sadly, America is still divided on many social issues. Disagreements remain on topics like religious conflicts, the immigrant refugee crises, and BLM and LGBTQ+ concerns.
The Five Calamities of 2020 Part 2
BCA President Dr. Kent Matsuda
On behalf of the Executive Committee of the BCA, I wish all BCA members a Happy New Year!
We probably and hopefully will never see a year like 2020 again. With the development of the vaccine for COVID-19, I am hoping that this new year ends well. Depending on how things go, we may be able to open our temples before the end of the year. Just to be conservative, we should probably not expect holding our annual summer fundraisers (but we will have to see).
The Most Ordinary Things Now Look Special
Carol Bonomo
Is it our nature that causes us to appreciate things only when they’re gone, or is it me?
When I was 8 years old, my parents discovered that I was terrified of dogs. So they went to the pound and brought home a beagle puppy. I didn’t appreciate it — now I experienced terror in my own house, even though the puppy was as terrified of me, as I was of him.
NEW! – Visit the BCA Connect blog to read and share BCA news, announcements, and individual articles from Wheel of Dharma:
Visit Wheel of Dharma online to read this month’s issue in newsprint format and access the digital archives:
Center for Buddhist Education
BCA JAMS
Jodo Shinshu Artists & Musicians Showcase
Sun Jan 10, 2021 at 1pm
BCA is hosting its first Virtual Youth Concert!
BCA JAMS is a great way for young people to share their talents and perform in a fun show for the whole family. It will also be a fundraiser for BCA Youth Programs.
Relevant American Buddhists (RAB)
Saturday January 30, 2021
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Who and what were the RAB?
Stories from BCA’s 1970s program for young adults.
Rev. Dr. Ken Tanaka
Musashino University
Discovering Buddhism in Everyday Life
Saturday February 6, 2021
10:00am to 11:30am
Listen to the stories behind the collection of heartwarming essays.
Rev. Marvin Harada
Bishop of the BCA
Honen as Religious Revolutionary
Saturday February 13, 2021
11:00am to 1:00pm
Learn more about Honen, the person who defined the Buddhism we identify as Japanese today.
Dr. Mark Blum
University of California Berkeley
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.
Virtual Zoom Events
Monthly Dharma Gatherings: Young Adults (Ages 18-35)
January 8, 2021 – June 4 2021
West LA Buddhist Temple
Join us via Zoom on the following dates from 7:00p-8:30p for a short service and Dharma reflection session discussing various topics and reflecting on how they relate to “my life.” Register once at the link below. You will not need to register for each individual session. A Zoom link will be sent the day before each session..
Online Hoonko:
Shinran Shonin Memorial Service Schedule
January 10-17, 2021
Join the West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple for a week of online Hoonko services, with dharma messages offered in English and Japanese.
Ho-On 報恩 means “acknowledging the benevolence” and Ko 講 means “gathering.” Hoonko services commemorate the anniversary of Jodo Shinshu founder Shinran Shonin’s entering into Nirvana on January 16, 1263.
Visit the WLA Website for flyer with full schedule or email WLA for more information.

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1/9/2021 – BCA J.A.M.S. Online Event – Sunday Jan 10th @ 1pm

Jodo Shinshu Artists and Musician Showcase
Sunday January 10, 2021 @ 1:00pm


1/9/2021 – 2021 BCA Digital Calendar


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