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Asian Health “Virtual” Gala – Saturday September 18th – 5:30pm
Free Online Event – Registration Required

2021 Virtual Gala Registration

Please join us at AHS’ 47 Annual Gala on September 18, 2021

Our virtual event will include exciting live & silent auctions. All registered guests will receive a link to this year’s event and silent auction the week of September 13th!

2021 Virtual Gala


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.

2021 BCO Golf Fun Day Outing


8/29/2021 – Dharma Family Service


8/27/2021 –  BCA Updates

PDF Link


8/20/2021 – BCA Calendar of Events – August to November 2021

PDF List


8/19/2021 – Chanting of the Three Pure Land Sutras Marathon

Presented August 28, 2021 @ 12pm-4pm by JSIO

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


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

Presented Saturday August 21, 2021 @ 11am (pdt)

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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)

8/9/2021 – 2021 Dharma School Registration Open


8/8/2021 – August Shotsuki Memorial Service


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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.


2021 Virtual Obon Memorial Lanterns

Video of Presentation of Hatsubon and Obon Memorial Lantern Names – July 31, 2021

The Buddhist Church of Oakland will again celebrate Obon in a virtual Festival Program on July 31, 2021. As in 2020, we will honor past family members and friends in a segment of the virtual program.


2021 BCO Virtual Obon Festival
Saturday, July 31,2021 – 6pm


8/1/2021 – 2021 Obon Service

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2021 Buddhist Church of Oakland Obon Service


Obon Service Donation Button


8/1/2021 – 2021 Hatsubon Service

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2021 Buddhist Church of Oakland Hatsubon Service


Hatsubon Service Donation Button


2021 BCO Virtual Obon Festival
Saturday, July 31,2021 – 6pm

Obon Dancing, Music, Flower Arrangement Demonstrations, Koto Performances and more.


BCO Obon Bento Fundraiser – Pre-Order Required !

  • Pre-Sale Orders Only
  • Vegan Option Available
  • Order by July 25th
  • LIMITED Number of Bentos Available. Order Early.

Pre-Order Bento Sales have finished

  • Pickup @ BCO on Saturday July 31st 1-3pm
  • Proceeds benefit the Buddhist Church of Oakland

Click Here for more information about the BCO Virtual Obon Festival – Saturday July 31, 2021


Obon Practice Videos – Now Available

Time to get ready for BCO’s Virtual Obon.

2021 Obon Dance Practice (Click Here)

  • Obon no Uta (uchiwa)
  • Wonderful Ondo (hand)
  • Tanko Bushi (hand)
  • Ochatsumi Ondo (folding fan)
You can click on the times in the description to jump to any dance. The actual dance will be during our Virtual Obon Festival on Saturday, July 31.

2021 Virtual Obon Memorial Lanterns

The Buddhist Church of Oakland will again celebrate Obon in a virtual Festival Program on July 31, 2021. As in 2020, we will honor past family members and friends in a segment of the virtual program.


7/12/2021 – August Busshin Newsletter


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.


7/11/2021 – July Shotsuki Memorial Service



6/28/2021 – Obon Dancers Needed for Stanford Film About Umenoki Senior Home – Ei Ja Nai Ka Performed by PJ and Roy Hirabayashi of San Jose Taiko – Thurs July 8th – 5-8 PM.

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(From Naoko Fujii @ Umenoki Senior Care Home / SACBC)

Dear Friends,

We are looking for volunteers to join a fun group to dance “Ei Ja Nai Ka” for the closing scene of a documentary about the Umenoki Senior Home.  PJ and Roy Hirabayashi and Irene Matsumoto, formerly of San Jose Taiko, will be performing.

PJ’s Ei Ja Nai Ka is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.  It is especially symbolic for this film which focuses on unique aspects of Japanese American culturally-adapted senior care. The goal of the scene is to show how our ancestors are celebrated at Obon with taiko music elucidating happy memories for seniors and everyone as they dance…  More Information (PDF)


6/27/2021 – J-Sei Summer Classes


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

6/6/2021 – Dharma Family Service – Graduation

Congratulation to the 2021 Grads !
Good Luck and Best Wishes,  BCO


6/6/2021 – June Shotsuki Memorial Service


6/5/2021 – Today Show – Young Buddhists stay connected to AAPI culture through religion


6/4/2021 – Bay Area “Go for Broke” Forever Stamp Tribute – Virtual Broadcast
presented by NJAHS – National Japanese American Historical Society

  • Friday June 4, 2021 6pm


6/2/2021 – JESEI Caregivers Needed

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J-Sei operates a Japanese-speaking assisted living option located in Hayward, CA…


5/28/2021 – Memorial Day Service

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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.


5/27/2021 – Vesak (Buddha’s Birthday) Celebrated at the White House!

May 26, 2021: Reverend Marvin Harada, Buddhist Churches of America @ White House

First Vesak at the White House! Mayahana, Theravada and Vajrayana representatives were invited to the White House and celebrated Vesak! On behalf of the Mahayana Buddhism, Bishop Harada of Buddhist Churches of America attended this memorable ceremony. I think this is a very memorable event in the American Buddhist history! (Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith, this picture is from the announcement from the Dharma College.)

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5/23/2021 – Dharma Family Service



5/9/2021 – Dharma Family Service


5/9/2021 – May We Gather: A National Buddhist Memorial Ceremony for Asian American Ancestors


5/7/2021 – Busshin Newsletter June 2021 Issue


5/6/2021 – BCA Endowment Foundation “Panda” Fundraiser

Saturday, May 22, 2021 – One Day Only…
Order must be placed online!
Panda Restaurants Nationwide
28% of Sales will be donated to the BCA Endowment

Online Orders Only
http://order.pandaexpress.com
Enter Code 903354 at Checkout
or
Order Link BCAPandaFundraiser


5/2/2021 – Bay District Jr  YBA Fundraiser – Hoodies

Order by May 15th !!!

Hi Everyone!
The Bay District JYBA is running a Hoodie Fundraiser. We are raising money for our upcoming activities to continue learning the Dharma and promote community for our youth organization. A part of the proceeds will be going towards the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. You may purchase a hoodie or make a donation using the link below. Make sure to order your hoodies or make a donation soon because the website will be closing on May 15th. We hope to see you wearing our hoodies!
Alex Lang
Bay District JYBA
For more information contact: baydistrictjyba@gmail.com

Hoodie Fundraiser Link


5/2/2021 – Dharma Family Service


5/2/2021 – May Shotsuki Memorial Service


4/27/2021 – A National Buddhist Memorial Ceremony for Asian American Ancestors

Live Online Event – Tuesday May 4th, 2021 – 4pm pdt

May We Gather…

When someone is hurting, we come together as community. We gather because our lives are inexorably interlinked. We do not suffer alone, nor do we heal alone. Only when we gather as a sangha (community), can we truly support each other’s freedom.

https://www.maywegather.org/

Tuesday May 4, 2021 – 4pm pdt


4/26/2021 – BCO Life Enrichment Program – Chenxing Han “Be the Refuge” Book Talk/Discussion

Saturday May 15, 2021 – 2pm to 4pm pdt – Online Zoom Presentation

Flyer

Join us on Saturday, May 15th, 2021 for a BCO Life Enrichment Program Featuring Chenxing Han, Author of Be The Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian in American Buddhists. Please pre-register for this program.

Please register here

This event is presented by the BCO Life Enrichment Program,  a free event made possible by the Nakashima/Masuyama Life Enrichment Fund.


4/25/2021 – Dharma Family Service


4/19/2021 – Busshin Newsletter May 2021


4/18/2021 – Pets Memorial and Dharma Family Service

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4/11/2021 – Dharma Family Service


4/11/2021 – April Shotsuki Memorial


4/8/2021 – Hanamatsuri Video from BCO

“Happy Birthday Shakyamuni Buddha” featuring Miharu and Rev Harry Bridge

“Happy Hanamatsuri” for the In Lumbini’s Garden


4/4/2021 – BCO Hanamatsuri Service – 10am on YouTube

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Special Hanamatsuri Service presented on YouTube – 10am April 4, 2021


3/28/2021 – Dharma Family Service

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3/28/2021 – Life Enrichment Program – Chenxing Han “Be the Refuge” Book Talk/Discussion

Saturday May 15, 2021 – 2pm to 4pm pdt – Online Zoom Presentation

Join us on Saturday, May 15th, 2021 for a BCO Life Enrichment Program Featuring Chenxing Han, Author of Be The Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian in American Buddhists. Please pre-register for this program.

Please register here


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

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

Flyer

Retreat Packet – Word Document Link

Retreat Packet – PDF Link


3/21/2021 – Spring Ohigan Service


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

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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,
Joemy

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

3/14/2021 – Dharma Family Service

YouTube Video

Discussion Subjects


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


3/7/2021 – Dharma Family Service

YouTube Video


3/07/2021 – Shotsuki Memorial Service – March


Shotsuki Donation Button


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

YouTube Video of the 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)


2/26/2021 – 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

More Information about Dharma Forward: Please Click Here


2/28/2021 – 10am – BCA Eitaikyo Perpetual Memorial Service
Guest Speaker Reverend Kodo Umezu

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).

Service Link – Sunday February 28th – 10 am

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


2/21/2021 – Dharma Family Service

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Members please look in your email for service links.  

Note: Members, if you are not receiving the email notice for Dharma Family Services, Shotsuki Services and monthly Busshin, please check your email’s SPAM or JUNK folder. If you have changed your email address, please contact the Church Office with any updates.  Contact Link


2/18/2021 – NCM – Virtual Dharma Theme Workshops – Open To All Church Members

@ 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

2/14/2021 – Dharma Family Service

YouTube Video Link


Service Donation Button


2/14/2021 – Shotsuki Memorial Service – February


Shotsuki Donation Button


2/14/2021 – Jewels (Book) – An Introduction to American Buddhism for Youth….

Jewels: An Introduction to American Buddhism for Youth, Scouts and the Young at Heart, introduces Buddhism to youth and young and other interested adults to Buddhism in America today. The book is dedicated to Buddhist youth and young adults on whose shoulders the future of American Buddhism rests


2/2/2021 – Busshin Newsletter March 2021


2/7/2021 – Dharma Family Service

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1/31/2021- Dharma Family Service


Service Donation Button


1/24/2021 Dharma Family Service

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1/24/2021 Dharma Family Service Announcements and Discussion

January 28, 2021 – Be the Refuge — Book Launch: A Conversation with Chenxing Han

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Link: https://www.shin-ibs.edu/event/refuge2021

Letter asking for your help: Link: Hope4Paul

Movie: Only the Brave – 442nd Story, 2006, Directed by Lane Nishikawa: Link Wikipedia


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


Regina Boone – Journalist Unravels Mysteries of her Japanese grandfather

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


1/17/2021 – Ho-onko Dharma Family Service

Observance of Shinran Shonin Memorial.


Service Donation Button


1/10/2021 – Sunday Dharma Family Service


Service Donation Button



1/9/2021 – BCA J.A.M 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


1/6/2021 – Busshin February 2021

February 2021 Online PDF Version


1/3/2021 – Shotsuki Memorial Service – January


Shotsuki Donation Button


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