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Upcoming Events

  • The First Noble Truth: The Difficulties of Birth
    Sunday, September 27, 2020 As we explore the First Noble Truth, the Truth of Suffering, we will consider the story of the Buddha’s Disciple Upali, who was born into the servant (Sudra) caste and served the royal Sakya clan as a barber. The Buddha, who was born into the ruling (Ksatriya) warrior caste, rejected the […]
  • Pet & Plant Memorial Service
    Sunday, October 4, 2020 We gratefully remember the animals who provide us with companionship as our pets. We also show our appreciation for the plants that support our lives, including the cut flowers that adorn the Buddha Shrine and bring us joy through their beauty. Use the form below to provide the name of the […]
  • What is Essential? Finding the Nembutsu in COVID-19
    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 7:00 p.m. John Mullins Ministerial Aspirant Institute of Buddhist Studies To join us for this online Dharma Session, CLICK HERE and sign up for “Study Classes and Seminars”.
  • The First Noble Truth: The Difficulties of Aging
    Sunday, October 11, 2020 As we explore the First Noble Truth, the Truth of Suffering, we well reflect upon the Buddha’s teaching that encourages us to recognize aging is an unavoidable part of our lives. During the 2020-2021 Dharma School Year, we will be exploring the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path taught by […]
  • Eshinni, Kakushinni, Lady Takeko Kujo, Lady Yoshiko Ohtani, Buddhist Women’s Association Memorial Service
    Sunday, October 18, 2020 Special Guest Speaker Rev. Nobuko Miyoshi 三好信子先生 West Covina Buddhist Temple Schedule8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise with instructor Juliet Bost9:30 a.m. Dharma Service10:30 a.m. 日本語法話 三好信子先生 Japanese Dharma Talk by Rev. Nobuko Miyoshi To join us for this online Dharma Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for […]

Recent Posts

  • First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma
    In this talk, we hear the story of the moment that Sakyamuni became a fully enlightened Buddha and why he chose to begin his 45 years of teaching the Dharma with his five former companions gathered in the Deer Park. During […]
  • Shōshinge: Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu, Session 01
    In this first session in the Shōshinge Study Class Series, we explore the meaning of the Shōshinge and how it applies to our daily lives, beginning with the opening verse: I take refuge in the Tathagata of Immeasurable Life!I entrust myself […]
  • Impressions
    For the September 6, 2020 Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service, Rev. Adams reflects on the impressions that the loved ones we remember in September have made on our lives, and the impression that the Nembutsu makes on our minds.
  • Resting the Monkey Mind
    As we celebrate rest and relaxation on this Labor Day weekend, we will look to the Buddha’s teaching for guidance on how to settle our minds, which are said to be busier than a mischievous monkey as they rush to and […]
  • Offering Incense: Adorned with the Fragrance of Light
    Smells evoke powerful memories and associations in our minds. The smell of wildfire smoke evokes concern for the safety and well-being of our families, our communities, and our planet. The smell of incense smoke brings peace of mind and supports mindfulness. […]

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Hear the story of the moment that Sakyamuni became a fully enlightened Buddha and why he chose to begin his 45 years of teaching the Dharma with his five former companions gathered in the Deer Park.

Reverend Henry’s Latest Message

  • When we meet, we will smile
    Each year during our Obon and Hatsubon Service, I am reminded of the power of the Buddhadharma to provide guidance and support for us as we navigate our feelings of grief.  As school for my sons usually begins a few days after our San Mateo Buddhist Temple Obon Observance, I have come to associate our Obon with the end of […]