We welcome you to join and be an active member of the Temple with an “Individual”, “Couples”, “Student” or  “Senior” membership. Your Membership dues provide funds to support the costs of operating the Temple and includes membership in the Buddhist Churches of America.

Annual Dues

  • Checks: Make checks out to “Buddhist Church of Oakland”. Please mark your check “Membership”. Mail or Drop Off your check.
  • Online Payment: Click on button below. Please choose appropriate payment amount. Please enter your Name, Address, and Phone Number.

New members please submit your completed Membership Form to the Church Office. 

Contact the Church Office if you have any questions.

Contact Information


In addition to being member, we encourage you to support the church by volunteering to serve on the Board, participate on Committees, teaching with the Dharma School, assisting associations and clubs, helping at events and programs and spreading the  dharma teachings. Your direct participation and input helps grow and guide the Sangha.

Dana – Giving – Donations

In addition to your membership, your Dana make it possible for the Church to offer Services and Programs. The annual BCO Bazaar and Obon fundraiser events earn only a small portion of the funds needed to operate the Church. Individual donations by members, families, and supporters are very important for the viability of the Church. Click Here for Giving Options

Thank you for your support.

“White Envelope” Donations

“White Envelope” donations are contributions made for Special Services (Ohigan, Hanamatsuri, Obon, etc), monthly Shotsuki Services, Memorials, Thank You’s and other events or occasions.  These donations tend to be of smaller amounts but are done multiple times through out the year.  These donations are very important to the Church’s operation and programs. Click Here for Giving Options

Online Donations through PayPal

Today, a majority of “White Envelope” donations to the Church are made by bank check and are presented at a Church service or mailed to the Church Office. , but starting in April 2020 “White Envelope” donations can also be made online using PayPal.  Online donations can be made using a credit card or a personal PayPal account.  Donations can be made on an “one-time” basis or an “automatic” monthly repeating basis.

FAQ about Online Donations and Instructions – Click Here

Donations by Check:

Make checks payable to: “Buddhist Church of Oakland

Buddhist Church of Oakland
825 Jackson St
Oakland CA 94607

Donation Designation: Please either note on the check or attach a note if you have a designation for your donation (Special Services, “In Memory of…”, etc).

Donations of Tangible Goods

BCO is looking for donations of gift cards, sell-able products, usable office supplies, kitchen supplies, food goods, or other items. Please contact the Church Office before mailing or dropping off any tangible goods you may have to donate.  Contact Information

Special Donations

Please contact the Church Office if you are interest in making other donations, endowments, gifts, and/or grants. Contact Information

Amazon Smile Donations

Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases if you designate Buddhist Church of Oakland on your Amazon Smile account. Go to and follow the directions to designate the Buddhist Church of Oakland as your charity.

Always start your purchase on https// and contributions will go to the BCO.

Please contact the Church Office or Maya Lawrence for more information

Buddhist Education Program Presented by the Buddhist Churches of America

Dana is an opportunity to express appreciation for the immeasurable influence of the teachings on our lives. Your recurring donation supports thriving Buddhist Education programs and enables new initiatives to share Shinran Shonin’s teachings with the world.

Proceeds support the Center for Buddhist Education and Institute for Buddhist Studies…

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