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THE TEMPLE IS OPEN! All ages are welcome to join Sunday Dharma Services in-person without prior registration. 

Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination required for eligible individuals age 5 and older.  Up to 36 in-person attendees will be seated in the Hondo, with overflow seating available in the adjacent Social Hall.


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Upcoming Events

  • BCA Bishop’s Memorial: Rev. Shinsho Hanayama’s Gift of Peaceful Facial Expressions (July 3)
    Rev. Adams will share his appreciation for Rev. Shinsho Hanayama, who expressed the Buddha’s wish for peace by serving as a chaplain to the condemned inmates at the Sugamo Prison in Tokyo and by promoting greater awareness and understanding of Buddhism in the United States as Bishop of the Buddhist Churches of America. This is […]
  • Sangha Speaker Juliet Bost (July 10)
    This Sunday our service will be led by our Sangha members.  San Mateo Buddhist Women’s Association Corresponding Secretary and Young Buddhist Editorial member Juliet Bost will share a Dharma Talk on the topic of “Reflecting on Wisdom, Joy, and Authenticity” Schedule(Shoshinge chanting will resume on July 24)9:30 a.m. Dharma Service with talk by Juliet Bost10:30 a.m. Dharma […]
  • The Gift of Kind Words (July 17)
    For part three of our summer Dharma Talk series on the Seven Gifts that Do Not Require Possessions Rev. Adams will share a Dharma Talk via Zoom from his home state of Minnesota. The gift of kind words (言辭施 gonji-se): To speak gently to others, refraining from coarse and rude speech. Schedule8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu […]

Recent Posts

  • Resting My Mind
    As we enter the month of June, another school year comes to an end and we welcome the arrival of summer vacation.  Before students get to enjoy their summer vacation, there is hard work to be done preparing for final exams […]
  • The Home of Little Birds
    (“Kotori no ie” by Akamatsu Gessen, illustrated by Tateno Yasunosuke, in Bukkyo Dōwa Zenshū, Vol. 8, p. 139-147, Translation by Henry Adams) Long ago in the Latter Han Dynasty, there was a family named Yang who lived in the Chinese capital.  […]
  • Vintage Dharma School “The Strength of Faith” (1950’s?)
    In the post-WWII period, these weekly lessons were given to Dharma School students each week to be pasted into a special notebook. This lesson for Mother’s Day is from the collection of Mrs. Yoriko Kawakita.

Announcement Slides from Services


Video of Past Dharma Talk

Rev. Henry shares reflections on lessons learned on a 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.

Reverend Henry’s Latest Message

  • Resting My Mind
    As we enter the month of June, another school year comes to an end and we welcome the arrival of summer vacation.  Before students get to enjoy their summer vacation, there is hard work to be done preparing for final exams and big end-of-the-year projects.  At this time of year, I find myself reminiscing about my college days, and I […]