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2022 – BCO Mini-Obon Festival & Service – Saturday and Sunday, August 6th & 7th

Please Click on the “Obon” button for information about the  2022 BCO Mini-Obon.  August 6-7, 2022.

2022 Obon Bento Pre-Order


  • Order Here (Click Here)

Obon Memorial Lanterns

Obon Dance & Spectator RSVP

Please RSVP

Please help us by RSVP if you plan to attend the BCO Obon Saturday August 6th.  We will be moving the dancing and spectator area from Jackson Street to the back parking lot of the Church. We will have a much smaller area and need to have a estimate of the crowd to insure “social distancing”.

Obon Practice Videos

Time to get ready for BCO’s Mini-Obon Festival !

Obon Dance Practice (Click Here)

  • Obon no Uta (uchiwa)
  • Wonderful Ondo (hand)
  • Tanko Bushi (hand)
  • Ochatsumi Ondo (folding fan)

Hatsubon & Obon Service

  • Sunday August 7, 2022 – @ BCO – Onsite & Online
  • Hatsubon Service 9:30 am (Hatsubon RSVP Link)
  • Obon Service 11:00 am (No RSVP)

Please REGISTER/RSVP for Hatsubon Service  to help us get an estimate of the number of people in your Family/Group that will be attending. Include all family, friends, and/or guests. There is limited space available due to Covid protocols. No RSVP needed for Obon Service @ 11:00 am.

Note: we will REQUIRE all person attending the Hatsubon and/or Obon service(s) to WEAR A MASK. Social distancing will be enforced.

Obon Donations

Please make an Obon donation to BCO.

Online Donation

  • CHECKS: Mail checks to: Buddhist Church of Oakland, 825 Jackson St, Oakland CA 94607. Please list the “In Memory of…”  name if applicable.

Sangha Help Needed !

Volunteers requested for Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6 to assist with food preparation, construction, and other support activities. If you are able to help, please contact Jon Takagaki by email (jtaka1014@gmail.com) or by phone (510) 910-4639.


2022 – BCO Golf Fun Day – Monday September 26th

  • All are welcome to play golf on Monday September 26th. Limited number of players, so please signup early. (LINK)

7/18/2022 Article – Makishima Bonsai Auction

Article Link

7/15/2022 SACBC Obon Festival

Event Information

7/15/2022 Topaz Community Outreach Meetings

7/13/2022 – Busshin Newsletter – August 2022

August 2022

7/11/2022 – BCA Virtual Obon Dance – August 14th @ 2pm

  • Presented on YouTube – Sunday August 14th @ 2pm (Link)

7/10/2022 – Shotsuki Monthly Memorial Service – July 2022

7/9/2022 – BCO Golf Fun Day – Monday September 26th

  • All are welcome to play golf on Monday September 26th. Limited number of players, so please signup early. (LINK)

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

6/20/2022 – Eden Online Auction – LAST DAY

6/11/2022 – Busshin Newsletter – July 2022

July 2022

6/5/2022 – Shotsuki Monthly Memorial Service – June 2022

6/5/2022 – Dharma Family Service – Year End Service – Dharma School

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

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

6/1/2022 –  BCA Update Number 861 for June 1, 2022,

5/29/2022 – Memorial Day Dharma Service

Memorial Day Donation

5/27/2022 – Memorial Day Weekend Cemetery Visitations

Hello BCO Sangha!

This is Rev. Harry – I am letting you know that in-person Cemetery Visitations will be happening this year – for the first time since the Pandemic began! However, together with our BCO COVID Taskforce, we made a few changes for safety:

  1. We ask that everyone please be masked and observe social distancing as much as possible.
  2. There will be no indoor services – services will be performed outdoors
  3. The Saturday 4:00 pm Joint Service at Chapel of the Chimes Hayward will not be held indoors (I was unable to schedule the use of the Mission Chapel). 
  4. Only one service will be performed per area.
  5. The Sunday 4:00 pm Service at the Buddhist Church of Oakland will be ONLINE only – the in-person service has been cancelled.
  6. The Nokotsudo can be visited briefly on Sunday between 1:00 – 4:00 pm – the office will be staffed and one family at a time can go up via the elevator.

For your convenience, here is the revised schedule:

Saturday, May 28:

  • 11:00 am Mt. View Cemetery
  • 11:30 am Piedmont Chapel of the Chimes
  • 1:30 pm Mt. Eden Cemetery
  • 2:30 pm Hayward Chapel of the Chimes
  • 4:00 pm CANCELLED – Joint Memorial Service

Sunday, May 29:

  • 9:30 am Oakmont Cemetery
  • 10:15 am Martinez Cemetery
  • 10:45 am Pacheco Cemetery
  • 11:30 am Concord Memorial Garden
  • 1:45 pm Sunset View Mausoleum
  • 2:00 pm Sunset View Cemetery (hillside near mausoleum)
  • 3:00 pm Sunset View Cemetery (meadow area at creek)
  • 4:00 pm ONLINE – Memorial Day Service at church – IN-PERSON CANCELLED

Sunday, May 29 – BCO Nokotsudo visits on Sunday from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Please call the Office and leave a message if you plan on visiting on Sunday (510) 832-5988.

  • Please wear your mask.
  • Practice Social Distancing if others are present.
  • We ask visitors not to congregate inside the Hondo or Church, before and after their visit.

Note: Visitation schedule is subject to change. Please refer to this page for any updates or changes in schedule.

Contact Us

5/22/2022 – Gotane – Fujimatsuri Service

Dharma Service Donation

  • Rev Bridge, Rev Endo, with Musical Guest Miharu Okamura


5/21/2022 – 2022 Buddhist Study Center Summer Session

  • Buddhist Study Center – Hompa Hangwanji Mission Hawaii
  • June 20-24, 2022 – 6pm to 8pm (Hawaiian Standard Time)
  • Class Flyer (Click Here)

5/18/2022 – Alameda Mini Bazaar

Sunday, June 26th, 1pm to 5pm

  • Teriyaki Chicken & Steak Obento Pre-Order (Order Form)
  • Order Deadline June 13th, 2022

5/18/2022 – Eden JACL/ETJCC Food Fair

Sunday, June 12th, 1pm to 4pm

  • Please Pre-Order Bento Dinners (Order Form)
  • Order Deadline: May 25th, 2022

5/15/2022 – Dharma Family Service

Dharma Service Donation

5/9/2022 – Busshin Newsletter – June 2022

June 2022

5/8/2022 – Dharma Family Service

Dharma Service Donation

5/7/2022 – Celebrate Asian Pacific Islander API Heritage Month

Women Rising: Strengthening & Connecting Our Communities” to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month in two weeks on SATURDAY May 7, 2022 FROM 10am to 1pm.

More Information

5/1/2022 – Dharma Family Service

5/1/2022 – Shotsuki Memorial Service – May

5/1/2022 – USS Hornet – Asian American and Pacific Islander – History Month Kick Off Event – Dedication Event May 1, 2022

Event Information

The USS Hornet in Alameda will be hosting an event for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month on Sunday, May 1st. There will be three special exhibits in the Hangar Bay: The Friends and Family of Nisei Veterans, the Bataan Legacy Project and the Chinese American G.I. Project. Our very own Rev. Harry Bridge will perform a dedication ceremony.
Visit the USS Hornet in Alameda California to view the tribute to the Japanese American / Nisei 442nd  Veterans.  There is a extensive collection housed on the Hornet.  More information

4/24/2022 – Pets Memorial Service

Dharma Service Donation

4/17/2022 – Dharma Family Service

Dharma Service Donation

4/20/2022 – Community Youth Pebble Collection & Educational Nature Walk Day

  • April 30, 2022 – 9:15 to 11:30 am
  • Co Sponsored by Fukuoka Sister City Association

Youth Programming Overview

OFSCA is honored to be partnering with the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) on an exciting and nature-filled day where Oakland youth are invited to participate in a special educational presentation and nature walk with an EBRPD naturalist on topics such as the local watershed system, environmental conservation and protection, climate change and its impacts, the history of the area, and so on…

2022 – Duncan Williams – “Sutra and Bible: Faith and the Japanese American World War II Incarceration”

4/13/2022 – Busshin Newsletter – May 2022

May 2022

4/11/2022 – Youth Japan Trip – The Center / JCCCNC San Francisco

Flyer PDF

Since 1997, the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC/the Center) has been providing youth cultural exchange opportunities, between the United States (U.S.) and Japan, for youth and their families, through the Takahashi Youth Ambassador Fellowship Program (Takahashi Program) and the Shinzen Nikkei Youth Goodwill Program (Shinzen Program).  See below or the jcccnc.org website for more information on these programs.

4/10/2022 – Hanamatsuri Service @ BCO

YouTube Recording


Note: This will be an “Outdoor” Service.

Join us this Sunday, April 10th at 10:00 am PDT as we celebrate Buddha’s Birthday with our Hanamatsuri Service! We will have two special guests: Rev. Dr. Seigen Yamaoka will be our guest speaker, and we will have a guest presentation from Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto – Koto musician, teacher, band leader, and filmmaker. She will be both talking about the connection of the Buddhist Church of Oakland with traditional Japanese arts, and also performing!

To help us manage the services, it would be helpful for us to know about how many Sangha members plan to attend. Please click on the link below to RSVP.

Light refreshments will be served from 9:30-9:50. It may be chilly in the morning, so please dress accordingly. Please be reminded that masks are required indoors and outdoors at all times, unless eating or drinking. Vaccinations and boosters are highly recommended for all attendees ages 5 and older. Please social distance, whether indoors or outdoors. For those who can attend, we look forward to seeing you this Sunday!
  • This service and presentation will be conducted in-person/outdoors behind the Church, and will stream live on our YouTube channel, as well as being available to view later.

4/9/2022 – BCO Hanamatsuri Bento Fundraiser

Thank you for your support. BCO


  • Order by April 4, 2022
  • Pick on Saturday April 9, 2022
  • Portions of the proceeds benefit the Gakuen Japanese School

4/3/2022 – Dharma Family Service

Dharma Service Donation

4/1/2022 – JCCCNC – The Center – San Francisco

Cat closeup 2


3/27/2022 – Dharma Family Service

YouTube Service Video

  • First “inside” Dharma Family Service in over 2 years
  • Next Service Sunday April 3rd. Please help us plan for the Services by making an RSVP.

    Please remember, an RSVP is NOT required to attend a service.

3/20/2022 – Spring Ohigan Family Dharma Service

Service Recording on YouTube

3/17/2022 – Busshin Newsletter – April 2022

April 2022

3/17/2022 – CBE – Center for Buddhist Education Updates

3/10/2022 – BCO Hanamatsuri Bento Fundraiser


  • Order by April 4, 2022
  • Pick on Saturday April 9, 2022
  • Portions of the proceeds benefit the Gakuen Japanese School
  • (Click Here) for more information

3/6/2022 – Sunday Dharma Family Service

3/6/2022 – March Shotsuki Memorial Service

  • What is Shotsuki? (Link)

3/6/2022 – Duncan Williams – “Sutra and Bible: Faith and the Japanese American World War II Incarceration”

  • Japanese American National Museum Exhibition

3/6/2022 – BCA NCM Eitaikyo Service – Open to All

Sunday, March 13, 2022 – 10am

Eitaikyo Service Link

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.

BCA Eitaikyo Perpetual Memorial Service
Installation of BCA Executive Board & Ministers’ Association
Guest Speaker: Rev. Kenji Akahoshi, BCA Minister Emeritus, Southern District – San Diego

  • Eitaikyo Service (Online) – Sunday, March 13, 2022 – 10am (Service Link)

3/6/2022 – Sunday Dharma Family Service

3/6/2022 – March Shotsuki Memorial Service

  • What is Shotsuki? (Link)

3/6/2022 – Duncan Williams – “Sutra and Bible: Faith and the Japanese American World War II Incarceration”

  • Japanese American National Museum Exhibition

3/5/2022 – Dharma Forward Campaign


  • Dharma Forward Fundraising Campaign
  • BCA – Dharma Forward Information (LINK)

2/27/2022 – Dharma Family Service

2/27/2022 – Japanese Heritage Day with the San Francisco Giants

  • Saturday May 21, 2022

2/26/2022 – Sahomi Tachibana: American Legacy of a Japanese Dancer

  • Thursday March 3, 2022

2/25/2022 – Covid-19 Information – UCLA Asian American Studies Center

  • Updated Covid information (Link).

2/24/2022 – 2022 Films of Remembrance – Nichi Bei Foundation

  • A showcase of films commemorating the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans in American concentration camps during WWII. (Flyer)
  • Online Presentation Tickets – (www.filmsofremembrance.org)

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

How to Live Longer Without Growing Older

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

2/20/2022 – Dharma Family Service

  • Speaker Rev. Michael Endo

2/18/2022 – BCA Town Hall Meeting & Eitaikyo Service

2/15/2022 – BCA Jr YBA Summit – April 2022

 ” Jr. YBA leaders will discuss the challenges they have had to overcome over the past 2 years.  And together will develop new ways to 
       engage and grow our organization.”  – Koichi Mizushima, CBE Youth Coordinator.

  • April 16, 2022 – 2pm – More Information (Flyer)

2/13/2022 Dharma Family Service – Nirvana Day

2/12/2022 February Shotsuki Memorial Service

  • What is Shotsuki? (Link)

2/11/2022 – Busshin Newsletter March 2022 Issue

PDF Link

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

2/11/2022 – BCA Connect Newsletter – February 2022


2/12/2022 – 11am – An Interfaith Vigil of Remembrance & Solidarity

Saturday February 12, 2022 – 11am – 12:15pm – Free Event on Zoom

Interfaith Vigil of Remembrance and Solidarity

Join us on Saturday, Feb 12, 11am – 12:30pm PST for an interfaith vigil to remember the 80th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt that led to the mass incarceration of 120,000 mostly Japanese Americans. This shameful part of American History must be remembered to ensure the survivors stories are not forgotten, and this injustice is repaired.
During Black History Month, while we remember this legacy in the Japanese American community, we will also be calling for solidarity with: Reparations for African Americans and Stop AAPI Hate. Let us acknowledge that U.S. imperialism globally, xenophobia, and systemic racism have all been common threads that weave our struggles together, historically and today.
We invite people of all faiths, cultures, and traditions to join us!
Speakers include:
  • Jeff Matsuoka, San Francisco Bay Area Day of Remembrance Committee
  • Chizu Omori, Tsuru for Solidarity, incarcerated for 3 1/2 years during World War II
  • Tara U., Berkeley Buddhist Temple, grandparents were incarcerated during World War II
  • Rev. Marjorie Wilkes Matthews, Plymouth United Church of Christ
  • Prof. Russell Jeung, Stop AAPI Hate and Professor at SFSU
  • Chanton Bun, Asian Law Caucus – Advancing Justice, served 23 years in incarceration
  • Joyce Xi, daughter of Chinese scientist unjustly targeted by the FBI
Songs, cultural offerings, and prayers by:
  • Ito Yosakoi
  • Rev. Harry Bridge, Buddhist Church or Oakland
  • Rev. Theon Johnson, Downs Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Elijah Chhum, Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants
  • Minister Cherri Murphy, Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy
The vigil is co-sponsored by: Buena Vista United Methodist Church, Tsuru for Solidarity, San Francisco Bay Area Day of Remembrance Committee, Berkeley Buddhist Temple, Pine United Methodist Church, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy, Sycamore Congregational Church UCC, CERI – Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants, and Plymouth UCC
  • Flyer – Online Event (Flyer)
  • Event RSVP Link (LINK)

2/06/2022 – Dharma Family Service

1/30/2022 – Dharma Family Service


1/23/2022 – Dharma Family Service

1/22/2022 – Bay District BWA Archiving our Past to Present

  • March 25, 2022 – 9am to 1pm

1/20/2022 – CBE E-News: January Sessions

1/19/2022 – BCA Update Number 859 January 19, 2022

PDF Document (Edited Link)

1/16/2022 – Hoonko Musical Service 2022 – “Responding to the Benevolence”

1/16/2021 – Shinran Sama – Featuring Rev. Harry Bridge

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

  • …this is the version with vocals.

1/15/2022 – J-Sei Crab Feed – To Go

Pre-order required. Pickup Sunday February 27th

Order Page

  • 31st Annual J-Sei Crab Feed to be held once again on a To-Go basis. Fresh Dungeness Crab Asian Salad, Garlic Noodles, Bread and Dessert Dinner Tickets: $50/person Pre-order early as a limited number of dinners will be sold. Pre-order online (Order Page).
  • Crab Feed Mail Order Flyer/Form (PDF Link)

J-Sei Senior Services and Cultural Programs (Link)

1/13/2022 – Covid-19 – Omicron, Testing & Vaccines

Covid Information (Link)

Source: UCLA Asian American Studies Center

1/12/2022 – BCA Connect Newsletter – January 2022


1/10/2022 – Covid-19 Testing @ Asian Heath Services


Please contact AHS for an appointment to get tested. (510) 735-3222

1/8/2022 – Busshin Newsletter Febuary 2022 Issue

PDF Link

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

1/6/2022 – Dharma Family Service

1/6/2022 – Buddhist Temple of Alameda Steak Obento Fundraiser 

Date Change to March 5th, 2022 – Event is SOLD OUT


– Pre-Order required – Pickup February 5th – More Info.

1/2/2022 – January Shotsuki Memorial Service

1/1/2022 – New Year’s Day Service

12/31/2021 – New Year’s Eve Service

  • Recording of BCO New Year’s Eve Service.

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