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Upcoming Events

  • SMBT 110th Anniversary Service
    Sunday, October 25, 2020 Join us via the Zoom Meeting internet on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. program to celebrate 110 years since the founding of the San Mateo Buddhist temple in 1910! 2020年10月25日の9時30分からサンマテオ仏教会創立110周年記念法要をインターネットと電話でライブ中継で行います。オンラインのご参拝をお待ちしております。 With video greetings by Rev. Marvin Harada Bishop Buddhist Churches of America Rev. Eijun Kujo Minister Emeritus San Mateo Buddhist […]
  • Halloween Family Dharma Service
    Sunday, November 1, 2020 Wear your Halloween Costume on Zoom for as we enjoy Halloween with a Nembutsu Flavor! 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. Dharma Discussion To join us for this online Dharma Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of […]
  • The First Noble Truth: The Suffering of Death
    Sunday, November 22, 2020 In the First Noble Truth, the Truth of Suffering, the Buddha encourages us to live with awareness that this life is fleeting and that all who are born will pass through the gate of death.  During the 2020-2021 Dharma School Year, we will be exploring the Four Noble Truths and the […]

Recent Posts

  • The First Noble Truth: Suffering from Aging
    In the First Noble Truth, the Truth of Suffering, the Buddha encourages us to recognize that aging is an unavoidable part of our lives.  In this talk Rev. Adams shares what it was like to get back on a skateboard at […]
  • Remembering Suzie the Black Lab
    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. […]
  • The First Noble Truth: The Difficulties of Birth
    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 […]
  • 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 […]

Video of Recent Dharma Talk

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 caste system and welcomed Upali into the Sangha.

This episode from the life of Sakyamuni Buddha illuminates the Buddha’s teaching that birth itself leads to suffering.

Reverend Henry’s Latest Message

  • Hanging by One Arm
    We have a tradition at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple of observing a Pet and Plant Memorial Service each year in early October, during which 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 […]