Michiko’s Childhood Story in Internment Camps and Beyond

San Mateo Buddhist Temple Member Mrs. Michiko Mukai shares memories of her experiences in the World War II Japanese-American incarceration camps, and how her family returned to San Mateo and rebuilt their life following the war.

Hanamatsuri Buddha’s Birthday Service

April 14, 2024

Guest Speaker

Rev. Yukiko Motoyoshi

Buddhist Churches of America

Minister Emeritus

御講師

本好由紀子

浄土真宗本願寺派北米開教区

名誉開教使

We warmly welcome you to join us in person at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple or via Zoom Meeting for our Hanamatsuri Service on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. in celebration of Siddhartha Gautama’s Birthday.

2024年4月14日の9時30分から灌仏会(花祭)をお勤めします。

オンラインや電話を通しての参拝も可能です。

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Gyōfu Chanting
9:00 a.m. Sangha Social Hour
9:30 a.m. Hanamatsuri Service with Dharma talk by Rev. Yukiko Motoyoshi
10:30 a.m. Japanese Dharma Talk by Rev. Yukiko Motoyoshi 日本語法話 本好由紀子 先生

To join us for this online Spring Ohigan Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

ご参拝したい方はここにクリックして、”Live Broadcast of Services”に登録してください。

Sangha Speaker Bill Chin (March 24)

This Sunday our service will be led by our Sangha members.  This is a precious opportunity to hear a wise and inspiring Dharma talk from master storyteller Mr. Bill Chin.

Schedule
(Shoshinge chanting will resume on Sunday, March 31)
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service with talk by Bill Chin
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion

To join us for this online Dharma Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

Cured of the Dreadful Illness of Ignorance (March 10)

Inspired by topic of “The Medicine of Compassion” presented by Dr. James Gentry for the March 9 Nembutsu Seminar, Rev. Adams will offer some reflections on how living with deep gratitude in the nembutsu can alleviate the most fundamental aspects of suffering in our minds.

From The Letters of Rennyo Shonin (Gobunsho) Fascicle 5, Letter 12:

How benevolent is Amida Tathagata’s light! Unless we had a chance to encounter this light, we could not possibly be cured of the dreadful illness of ignorance and karmic hindrances we have had since beginningless past. Prompted by the working of this light, those endowed with past karmic good have come to attain the entrusting heart of Other Power. . . . those who have ever had the fortune to attain the entrusting heart of Other Power should remember their indebtedness to Amida’s benevolence and always say the nembutsu as an expression of gratitude for it.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting (click here for chanting text)
9:00 a.m. Sangha Social Hour
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion (Dharma Room)

To join us for this hybrid service via Zoom, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival)

March 3, 2024

We welcome you to join us in person at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple on Sunday, March 3 for a celebration of the traditional Japanese holiday of Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival). Rev. Adams will share a Dharma talk on the meaning of the Doll Festival from a Buddhist perspective.

Schedule

8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting

9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise with Juliet and Grace Bost

9:30 a.m. Dharma Service

10:30 a.m.

⚫︎ Hondo: Shotsuki Hoyo Monthly Memorial Service

⚫︎ Classrooms: Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival) Dharma School School Activity 子供のアクティビティ

⚫︎ Dharma Room: Dharma Discussion

11:30 a.m. Hinamatsuri Program (Music and Dance)

To join us for online Dharma Services, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

February 25 BCA Eitaikyo Service “Embracing the Dharma with Hope and Joy”

On Sunday, February 25, at 10:00 a.m. the San Mateo Buddhist Temple Sangha will be joining the Buddhist Churches of America Eitaikyo Service, which will be live streamed on YouTube. 

BCA Minister Emeritus of the Midwest Buddhist Temple Rev. Ron Miyamura will honor us with a Dharma Talk during the service. 

The live stream will be shown in the SMBT Hondo and we warmly welcome you to come to the temple in-person to view the service in the company of the Sangha.

Click the link below to join the service: 

https://www.youtube.com/@BuddhistChurchesofAmerica/streams

Kindly note that there will not be a separate Zoom meeting for SMBT services and Dharma Discussion on Sunday, February 25.  We encourage you to take part in this precious opportunity to join a BCA-wide Dharma Service.  

Day of Remembrance: Michiko’s Story & Panel Discussions

Sunday, February 18 at 9:30 a.m.

We warmly welcome you to join us in-person at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple on Sunday, February 18 at 9:30 a.m. for a special documentary premiere highlighting San Mateo Buddhist Temple member Michiko Mukai’s childhood experience of the incarceration camps during WWII.  Following the film, we will have a series of panel discussion with temple members reflecting on their families’ experiences of the incarceration camps.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting (click here for chanting text)
9:00 a.m. Mindfulness Meditation
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service and viewing of “Michiko’s Childhood Story in Internment Camps and Beyond”
(End of Zoom Livestream)

In order to encourage free and open sharing, the Q&A panels will be in-person only:        
Panel: Michiko Mukai, Kevin Mukai, Wesley Mukai, and Katie Mukai
Panel: Steve Okamoto, Ritsuko Furuya, and Mike Yoshimoto

(In person attendees are encouraged to join us for an luncheon in the Social Hall following the program.

To join us for the hybrid service via Zoom, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

Sangha Speaker Juliet Bost Yokoe (January 28)

This Sunday our service will be led by our Sangha members featuring a Dharma Talk by San Mateo Buddhist Temple Minister’s Assistant Juliet Bost Yokoe.

Schedule
(Shoshinge chanting will resume on February 4)

9:30 a.m. Dharma Service with talk by Juliet Bost Yokoe

10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion

To join us for this online Dharma Service, CLICK HERE to sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.

Bodhi Day Service: How to Catch a Snake

Sunday, December 3, 2023

We warmly welcome you to join us in person at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple for our Bodhi Day Service on Sunday, December 3. Bodhi Day is our annual celebration of Sakyamuni Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment seated beneath the Bodhi Tree. As we revisit the traditional story of Sakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment, Rev. Adams will offer some reflections on the Buddha’s teaching that listening to the Dharma requires the same care and focused attention needed to catch a poisonous snake.

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shōya Raisan Chanting
9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise
9:30 a.m. Bodhi Day Service
10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion

To join us via Zoom for this Dharma Service CLICK HERE and sign up for “Live Broadcast of Services”.