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10/18/2020 – Eshinni/Kakushinni/Lady Ohtani Memorial Service

More information on Eshinni/Kakushinni – Click Here


10/18/2020 – Sunday Dharma Family Service

PDF Version


Osaisen Donation


BCO Life Enrichment Zoom Event – October 24th 2-4pm

Scholar Activism, Sustainability, and the Wisdom of the Daruma – Honoring Dr. Isao Fujimoto

Presented by Scott Tsuchitani

Register Click Here

An online Zoom Meeting Event – Advanced registration required.

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


10/11/2020 – Keirokai Senior Appreciation Service

Note: Pre-Recorded Version

10/9/2020 – Busshin November 2020

November 2020 Online PDF Version

The BCO Busshin newsletter will be emailed to members and published online during the Covid-19 shutdown.  A printed copy will be mailed to members who do not have an email address. Please contact the Church Office if you desire a printed copy.

Link to Past Issues – Busshin


10/9/2020 – Jr YBA Sees Candy Sale

  • Orders due November 24, 2020
  • Pickup @ BCO on December 12 & 13 – 10am to 12 noon

For questions or more information email:  JrYBA@BuddhistChurchOfOakland.org


10/6/2020 – BCA Connect Newsletter – October 2o2o

 BCA Connect Newsletter

Newsletter from the Buddhist Churches of America


10/4/2020 Sunday Family Dharma Service

  Dharma Talk

Please Click on the Osaisen Button to Make a Donation


10/4/2020 October Shotsuki Memorial Service

Please Click on the Shotsuki Button to Make a Donation


BCO Life Enrichment Zoom Event – October 24th 2-4pm

Scholar Activism, Sustainability, and the Wisdom of the Daruma
Honoring Dr. Isao Fujimoto

Presented by Scott Tsuchitani

More Information

An online Zoom Meeting Event – Advanced registration required.

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


9-27-2020 – LIVE Sunday Dharma Service (Recording on You Tube)

This is the first live BCO Dharma Service. Please join Rev. Bridge and the Sangha.

UPDATE: A recording of this Broadcast is posted to YouTube. Next Live Service will be on October 11th – Keirokai Service.


9-20-2020 – Fall Ohigan Dharma Service


Fall Ohigan Donations


9/13/2020 Sunday Family Dharma Service

Full Service

Dharma Talk

Please Click on the Osaisen Button to Make a Donation


9/13/2020 September Shotsuki Memorial Service

Please Click on the Shotsuki Button to Make a Donation


9/10/2020 Busshin October 2020

October 2020 Online PDF Version

The BCO Busshin newsletter will be emailed to members and published online during the Covid-19 shutdown.  A printed copy will be mailed to members who do not have an email address. Please contact the Church Office if you desire a printed copy.


BCO Life Enrichment Event – Saturday September 19th – 4pm to 6pm pst

Connections Between Traditional Okinawan Music & Buddhism
With Live Sanshin Performance

Presented by Dr. Wesley Ueunten – a Live Zoom Online Video Presentation


This is a Free Online Event presented by the BCO Life Enrichment Program. MORE INFO PDF Flyer


8/30/2020 – Sunday Dharma Message – Buddhist Values Part 5 – The Middle Way


2020 BCO Golf Fun Day Outing
Monday September 28, 2020
Berkeley Country Club

Click Here for Event Information and to Register


8/23/2020 – Sunday Dharma Message

Hello everyone,

This is Rev. Harry. Hoping that the smoke isn’t affecting you too much, and very concerned for those who have been directly affected by the fires.

Between the heat wave & the smoke (and several BCA meetings!) I did not record a Dharma Message this week. 

At age 88, Shinran Shonin, the founder of our school of Buddhism, wrote in a letter: 

“…The Tathagata taught the truth of life’s impermanence for us fully, so you must not be distressed by it.”

And yet, being faced with constant change and difficulty can be distressing.

If we were truly awakened then maybe nothing would bring us down, but as ordinary beings it is easy to get upset. With the Nembutsu, let’s find a middle way between these two extremes!

Although we have to be apart during this pandemic, we are still a Sangha. May the Teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha and the Wisdom and Compassion of Amida Buddha help us face these difficulties. 

Gassho,

Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge


8/6/2020 – Sunday Dharma Service – Thoughts on Obon at the End of the Season


8/15/2020 – Gyokyo – Thoughts on Reworking a Classic Gatha


8/14/2020 – Covid-19 Testing @ Asian Heath Services

  Flyer

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


8/13/2020 Busshin September 2020

September 2020 Online PDF Version

The BCO Busshin newsletter will be emailed to members and published online during the Covid-19 shutdown.  A printed copy will be mailed to members who do not have an email address. Please contact the Church Office if you desire a printed copy.


8/12/2020 – BCA Connect Newsletter – August 2020


BCA Connect is the newsletter from the Buddhist Churches of America.


8/9/2020 – August Shotsuki Memorial Service

Full Shotsuki Service


Shotsuki Donation Button


8/9/2020 – Sunday Dharma Message

Dharma Service


Donation Button


Saturday August 8th @ 6pm – BCO Virtual Obon Program

On Saturday August 8th @ 6pm join us for the the presentation of BCO Virtual Obon Program.

Join the online crowd be part of the celebration, dance along with members and friends of BCO.  Enjoy the activity, music and dance of Obon. The virtual program will be streamed live on the BCO YouTube Channel starting at 5:45.  Click on the YouTube logo or Happi Coat logo for links to the program or you can go directly to the Buddhist Church of Oakland’s YouTube Channel.  Hope to see you there.  

 


Curry Rice Drive-Thru Pickup – Saturday Aug 8th 2020

  • Pickup time is 12noon to 2pm. Please do not arrive early.
  • Please “Drive” in at the 9th Street Gate (Kitchen Side).
  • Please follow the signs and line up in the driveway.
  • Please do not park.  Please stay with your car.
  • If you have not paid yet, please have your “check” ready.  Make checks out to “Buddhist Church of Oakland”
  • No extra Curry/Food will be available for sale on Saturday.  We are Sold Out. Pickup for Pre-Orders Only.
  • The Church Office has already contacted the very few members needed to help prepare, package and distribute orders.  Other members (that are not on the helpers list) are asked not to enter Church/Kitchen for this activity.
  • If you have any question concerning your order, please call the Church Office by Friday 9pm.  Please leave a message.

For the Safety of All, the Church/Kitchen/Office/Hall/Chapel will be closed to all visitors, and non-helping members.

  Pickup Map

Thank You for Your Support


8/2/2020 – Obon and Hatsubon Dharma Services

Obon Full Service

Obon Dharma Talk

Obon Service Donation

Hatsubon Service

What is Hatsubon?

Hatsubon Service Donation


8/2/2020 – Obon Obon It’s Festival Day – 8-String Bass Version by Rev. Bridge


7/27/2020 – BCO Obon Fundraiser – Curry Rice

Click Here: To Pre-Order Curry Rice. Pickup at Church on Saturday August 8th.

www.BuddhistChurchofOakland.org/Curry


7/26/2020 – Sunday Dharma Service
Buddhist Values Part 4 – “The Nembutsu Alone is True & Real”

Dharma Talk

 
Osaisen Sunday Service Donations

7/19/2020 – Sunday Dharma Service
Buddhist Values Part 3 – “Non Judgment”

Dharma Talk

 
Osaisen Sunday Service Donations

7/15/2020 Busshin August 2020

August 2020 Online PDF Version

The BCO Busshin newsletter will be emailed to members and published online during the Covid-19 shutdown.  A printed copy will be mailed to members who do not have an email address. Please contact the Church Office if you desire a printed copy.

Link to Past Issues – Busshin


7/12/2020 – July Shotsuki Memorial Service and Adult Dharma Service

Adult Dharma Talk


h7/10/2020 – CBE Seminar – Saturday July 18, 2020 Who/What is Amida? – Rev. Kodo Umezu, BCA Bishop Emeritus


7/10/2020 – CBE Center for Buddhist Education Online Events

CBE Website Link – Click Here


7/6/2020 – Update News from BCO

 Update about Covid-19 shut down


7/5/2020 – Sunday Dharma Talk – Interdependence Day !!!


6/29/2020 – August Online Seminars @ Center for Buddhist Education (CBE)

Look to the Future of American Buddhism.  Saturday August 1st, 2020 and Saturday August 8th, 2020


6/29/2020 – BCA Minister’s Association Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter and in Opposition to Racism


6/29/2020 – Berkeley Buddhist Temples Virtual Obon Event – July 11, 2020


6/28/2020 – Sunday Dharma Service – Buddhist Values Part 2

Dharma Talk

CLICK HERE: Link to Buddhist Values Part 1


6/24/2020 – Special Covid-19 Donations Request

Please consider making a “special” donation to the Buddhist Church of Oakland. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, BCO has been forced to cancel three major fundraising events for 2020 (Bazaar, Obon, and the BCO Golf Tournament) along with all onsite functions and Services. Your financial support is needed.


Click on the Orange Button to make a donation

Please stay safe and thank you for your Dana.


6/21/2020 – Sunday Father’s Day Dharma Service

Father’s Day Dharma Talk


Osaisen Donations

General Donation to BCO

6/14/2020 – Sunday Adult Dharma Service

Adult Dharma Talk


6/10/2020 – Busshin July 2020

July 2020 Online PDF Version

The BCO Busshin newsletter will be emailed to members and published online during the Covid-19 shutdown.  A printed copy will be mailed to members who do not have an email address. Please contact the Church Office if you desire a printed copy.

Link to Past Issues – Busshin


6/8/2020 – CBE Online Seminars

BCA Center for Buddhist Education is presenting two (2) online seminars on Saturday June 17th and 27th. Seminars are Free, registration is required.  FLYER


6/8/2020 – Happy Hour! – Dharma Discussion Thursday June 11 @ 7pm

Join the Berkeley Buddhist Temple Happy Hour! dharma discussion. Thursday June 11, 7pm. Registration required.


6/7/2020 – Sunday Dharma Family Graduation Service

Full Service

Family Dharma Talk


Osaisen Donations

General Donation to BCO

6/7/2020 – June Shotsuki Memorial Service and Adult Dharma Service


Shotsuki Memorial Donations.

Link: Explanation of Buddhist Memorial Services


5/31/2020 – Sunday Dharma Family Service

Family Dharma Talk

Adult Dharma Talk


5/22/2020 – Memorial Day Cemetery Service

Due to the pandemic and Shelter in Place order, we will not be conducting the Cemetery Services over the Memorial Day Weekend this year.


Please use “Donate to BCO” button for other Donations

5/18/2020 – NOTICE: 2020 CEMETERY VISITS CANCELLED


5/17/2020 – Sunday Dharma Service – Gotan / Fujimatsuri

Family Dharma Service

Family Dharma Talk

Adult Dharma Talk

BCA Shin Buddhist Service Book

The Tacoma Buddhist Temple made a PDF of the BCA Shin Buddhist Service Book (or “Large Purple Book” as we call it) and BCA shared it. Just in case you need it, this link should work:


5/13/2020 – Busshin June 2020

June 2020 Online PDF Version

The BCO Busshin newsletter will be emailed to members and published online during the Covid-19 shutdown.  A printed copy will be mailed to members who do not have an email address. Please contact the Church Office if you desire a printed copy.

Link to Past Issues – Busshin


5/13/2020 – East Bay Food Bank Support

Click Here for Flyer

Join the Buddhist Church of Oakland and help support the Alameda County Community Food Bank. Every $1 you donate helps provide $7 worth of food.  Please go to http://VFD-ACCFB.ORG , Select our group (Buddhist Ch Oakland), and then “Shop”.

Thank you for your Dana


5/10/2020 – Sunday Dharma Family Service – Mother’s Day

Juseige PDF


Please use “Donate to BCO” button for other Donations

Dharma Message


5/9/2020 – Bishop’s Messages

BCA YouTube Video Site


5/3/2020 – Sunday Dharma Family Service

Full Service

Gassho to Amida PDF

Dharma Message


5/3/2020 – May Shotsuki Service


Please use “Donate to BCO” button for other Donations

5/3/2020 – “Causes & Conditions & Connections”

Blog Post: “Causes & Conditions & Connections by Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge


5/1/2020 – Register for Online Seminars from CBE

BCA members and the public are invited to join us for a new series of online programs. All are welcome!
Online registration is required to receive the Zoom seminar link.

5/1/2020 – View Dharma Services from Other Temples

Watch local services or explore the dharma being shared at temples and churches throughout the United States.  LINK

By visiting a temple’s live-stream video page at the scheduled time, you are able to join service, chant and sing along, and listen to dharma messages from your home. Check temple websites to confirm weekly live stream schedules, as services may not be streamed every Sunday…


4/26/2020 – Sunday Dharma Family Service – Earth Day

Dharma Message


4/25/2020 – “Itadakimasu”

Blog Post: “Itadakimasu” by Rev. Harry Gyokyo Bridge


4/19/2020 – Sunday Dharma Family Service


4/15/2020 – Busshin May 2020

May 2020 Online PDF Version


4/13/2020 – Message About COVID-19 from the New Bishop, BCA

Message from Rev. Marvin Harada, Bishop Buddhist Church of America


4/12/2020 – April Shotsuki Memorial Service


4/12/2020 – Pets Memorial Service


 4/8/2020 – In Lumbini’s Garden


4/5/2020 – Sunday Hanamatsuri Service


4/4/2020 -Message from the Dharma School

Hi Dharma School Families,
Sensei has uploaded the Hanamatsuri Service for tomorrow (please see his message and link pasted below). Also, if you would like to do any of the following and take a picture of your child(ren) watching the service, or getting ready to watch the service with one of the following and send your pictures to us at deikeda@comcast.net, we would love to post them in the next Busshin:
1.  Make paper craft flowers (see links for simple craft ideas) and set them in a vase/cup.
2.  Pick some flowers from your garden and put them in a vase/cup.
3.  Watch the service with your favorite stuffed animals or even your real pets!

Take care and stay safe!

Gassho,
Delia and Melyssa

4/4/2020 – BCO Accepting Online Donations

BCO now can accept online donation through PayPal payment services.  You can give using your credit card, debit card or through your personal PayPal account. You can make an “one time” or  an “automatic” recurring donation.  Please give it a try. If you have any questions or issues, please let us know.


Click Here


3/29/2020 – Sunday Dharma Family Service


3/29/2020 – Large Purple Book

The Tacoma Buddhist Temple made a PDF of the BCA Shin Buddhist Service Book (or “Large Purple Book” as we call it) and BCA shared it. Just in case you need it, this link should work:

BCA Shin Buddhist Service Book


3/23/2020 – Amida Buddha Welcomes All Refugees

Article from Buddhadharma, Winter 2019


3/23/2020 – Video ‘Finding Faith: Better Together’: Bay Area Interfaith Community Worship

ABC7News interview featuring Rev. Kobata – Buddhist Church San Francisco.

(note: Rev. Kobata’s interview starts at 38:30 in video)


3/23/2020 – Message from Bishop Umezu


3/22/2020 – Spring Ohigan Service


3/19/2020 – Equinox Check-In Message


3/18/2020 – List of Activities for Kids from Dharma School


25 Activities for Little Ones Stuck Indoors


3/17/2020 – Notice to Stay Home – from Six Bay Area Counties


03/15/2020 – Dharma Message


03/15/2020 – Sunday Dharma Message


03/13/2020 – Dharma Message


03/13/2020 – Service Cancellation Video


03/13/2020 – Letter from BCO

Dear BCO Members and Friends,

As a result of the COVID-19 concerns, we have decided to cancel Sunday Services through the end of March (March 15, 22 & 29) in response to the advisories by the Alameda County Public Health Department and other local health departments. The Church Office will also be closed for non-essential business – please call or email if you need assistance: 510-832-5988 or officebco@gmail.com

Rev. Bridge is working on some Dharma Talk videos, we will inform you when those become available on our new YouTube channel.

In the meantime, we ask everyone to please be mindful of the following:

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home from work, school and errands if you are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces*

We will continue to keep you updated regarding service schedules, changes and/or cancellation of as decisions are made.

You can also visit our website at: buddhistchurchofoakland.org

*For more detailed information, please go to the website of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC WEBSITE

BCO YouTube Site – videos YOUTUBE


03/11/2020 – BCO Cancels Services for Sunday 3/22 and 3/29


03/09/2020 – BCO Cancels Services for Sunday 3/8 and 3/15


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