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Upcoming Events

  • Bodhi Day Service
    Sunday, December 5, 2021 This Sunday’s service will include the dedication of a new platform for our Bodhi Tree, built by the families of Cub Scout Pack 700 in memory of Scoutmaster Steve Kohara, who guides us from the Pure Land.  Rev. Henry will provide a Dharma School talk on the significance of the Bodhi […]
  • Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu (Session 15)
    Wednesday, December 8, 2021 We welcome you to join us via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home on Wednesday, June 9 for this free Dharma Study Class. 6:00 p.m. Shōshinge Sōfu Chanting Chanting Shōshinge embodies the heart of daily Nembutsu practice in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.  Join us to experience the […]

Recent Posts

  • The Path to Awakening
    On Sunday, December 5 at 9:30 a.m., we welcome you to join us at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple for our Bodhi Day Service celebrating Sakyamuni Buddha’s awakening at the age of 35 when he conquered Mara’s army of delusion and […]
  • Sadness and Compassion
    Conducting funerals and memorial services is one of the characteristic activities of a Japanese Buddhist temple.  As a result, Buddhism is closely associated with death in the minds of many people in Japanese communities.  When I became a Buddhist priest, one […]
  • In a House Full of Good People, the Fighting Never Ends
    When I first encountered the Jodo Shinshu teaching, I remember being startled to hear the minister giving a Dharma talk say, “In a house full of good people, the fighting never ends.”  My idea of a “good person” was someone who […]

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Rev. Henry shares reflections on lessons learned on a recent hike with his family and the importance of looking to the example of those who have gone before as we prepare to return to more of our pre-pandemic activities.

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  • The Path to Awakening
    On Sunday, December 5 at 9:30 a.m., we welcome you to join us at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple for our Bodhi Day Service celebrating Sakyamuni Buddha’s awakening at the age of 35 when he conquered Mara’s army of delusion and fully realized the path to liberation from suffering.  If you would like to attend the Bodhi Day service in […]