Autumn Ohigan Equinox Service

September 25, 2022

Guest Speaker

Rev. Kodo Umezu

Bishop Emeritus

Buddhist Churches of America

御講師

梅津広道先生

前北米開教区開教総長

We warmly welcome you to join us in person at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple or from the safety and comfort of your own home via Zoom Meeting for our Autumn Ohigan Equinox Service on Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

2022年9月25日の9時30分から秋季彼岸会をお勤めします。

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting (Click here for chanting text)
9:00 a.m. Sangha Social Hour
9:30 a.m. Autumn Ohigan Equinox Dharma Service with English Language Message by Rev. Kodo Umezu
10:30 a.m. 日本語法話 梅津広道先生 Japanese Language Dharma Message by Rev. Kodo Umezu

All ages are welcome to join without prior registration.

本堂でお参りされる方は事前要約は必要ありません。

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

オンラインで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。

No Light Shines Brighter than Wisdom (September 11)

On Sunday, September 11 at 9:30 a.m., we welcome you to join us at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple as we begin a new Dharma School year!

Our theme for this year will be the Sanbutsuge (Verses in Praise of the Buddha), a section of the Sutra on the Buddha of Immeasurable Life, that we often chant during our services. This week Rev. Adams will share the story of the Sanbutsuge and how the Buddha’s wisdom is the light that guides us through the journey of life.

Your radiant countenance is majestic,
And your dignity is boundless.
Radiant splendor such as yours
Has no equal
.

Even the blazing light of
The sun, moon, and mani-jewels
Is completely hidden and obscured,
And looks like a mass of black ink-sticks
.

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

All ages are welcome to join in-person without prior registration. 

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

Obon and Hatsubon Service Service

August 14, 2022

Guest Speaker

Rev. Michael Endo

Executive Assistant to the Bishop

Buddhist Churches of America

Minister’s Assistant

Buddhist Church of Oakland

御講師

遠藤マイケル先生

北米開教区

Executive Assistant to the Bishop

We warmly welcome you to join us in person at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple or from the safety and comfort of your own home via Zoom Meeting for our Obon and Hatsubon Service on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.

2022年8月14日の9時30分から盂蘭盆及び初盆法要ををお勤めします。

Schedule
8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting (Click here for chanting text)
9:00 a.m. Sangha Social Hour
9:30 a.m. Obon and Hatsubon Dharma Service with English Language Message by Rev. Michael Endo
10:30 a.m. 日本語法話 遠藤マイケル先生 Japanese Language Dharma Message by Rev. Michael Endo

All ages are welcome to join 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.

本堂でのお参りする方は新型コロナウイルスのワクチン接種を完了された方に限り36名まで枠がありますが、ソーシャル・ホールにも席を用意します。五歳以下の参拝者は新型コロナウイルスのワクチン接種の証明は要りません。

To join us online via Zoom, 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。

Obon Cemetery Services

On Saturday, August 13, the San Mateo Buddhist Temple Sangha will hold our annual Obon cemetery services at the following times and locations:

Schedule
Please click map links below for detailed locations.

9:30 a.m.     Skylawn Memorial Park (MAP)

10:10 a.m.     Golden Gate National Cemetery (MAP)

10:40 a.m.     Olivet Memorial Park (MAP)

11:00 a.m.     Japanese Cemetery in Colma (MAP)

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines for Outdoor Services

  • If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please stay home.
  • Biodegradable disposal paper straws will be available for contactless incense offering.
  • Please consider bringing your own chanting book/card for chanting Juseige (photocopies will be provided as needed).

Memorial Day Weekend Cemetery Services

KINDLY NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO HYBRID ZOOM SERVICE ON SUNDAY, MAY 29.

On May 29 the San Mateo Buddhist Temple Sangha will hold our annual Memorial Day Weekend cemetery services at the following times and locations:

Schedule
Please click map links below for detailed locations.

9:30 a.m.     Skylawn Memorial Park (MAP)

10:10 a.m.     Golden Gate National Cemetery (MAP)

10:40 a.m.     Olivet Memorial Park (MAP)

11:00 a.m.     Japanese Cemetery in Colma (MAP)

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines for Outdoor Services

  • If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please stay home.
  • Biodegradable disposal paper straws will be available for contactless incense offering.
  • Please consider bringing your own chanting book/card for chanting Juseige (photocopies will be provided as needed).

March 13 BCA Eitaikyo Service

On Sunday, March 13, 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 Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi will honor us with a Dharma Talk during the service. 

Read about Rev. Dr. Akahoshi
Click the link below to join the service: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLtZAGNf9kpV3m57qZzEbIQ

Kindly note that there will not be a separate Zoom meeting for SMBT services and Dharma Discussion this coming Sunday, March 13.  We encourage you to take part in this rare and precious opportunity to join a BCA-wide Dharma Service.  

New Year’s Day Service

January 1


Join us to welcome the New Year 2022 as we look to the wisdom and compassion of Amida Buddha for guidance in coming year.

Schedule
9:15 a.m. Shoshinge Gyofu Chanting
10:00 a.m. New Year’s Eve Dharma Service

To preserve the health and safety of our Sangha given the ongoing surge in Covid-19 infections in San Mateo County, our New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day services will be held via Zoom only, without in-person Sangha attendees in the Hondo.

Please do not come to the temple in person.

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

New Year’s Eve Service

December 31


Join us to reflect the lives we lived during 2021 illuminate by the light of the Buddha’s wisdom.

Schedule
6:00 p.m. Shōya Raisan Chanting
7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Dharma Service

To preserve the health and safety of our Sangha given the ongoing surge in Covid-19 infections in San Mateo County, our New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day services will be held via Zoom only, without in-person Sangha attendees in the Hondo. We apologize for the change in plans.

Please do not come to the temple in-person.

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

Obon Cemetery Services

This Saturday, August 7 the San Mateo Buddhist Temple Sangha will resume our annual Memorial Day Weekend tradition of in-person outdoor cemetery services at the follow times and locations:

Schedule
Please click map links below for detailed locations.

9:30 a.m.     Skylawn Memorial Park (MAP)

10:10 a.m.     Golden Gate National Cemetery (MAP)

10:40 a.m.     Olivet Memorial Park (MAP)

11:00 a.m.     Japanese Cemetery in Colma (MAP)

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines for Outdoor Services

  • If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please stay home.
  • Please wear a face covering at all times during the services.
  • Please maintain 6 feet of social distance from people not in your household.
  • Biodegradable disposal paper straws will be used for incense offering.
  • Please consider bringing your own chanting book/card for chanting Juseige (photocopies will be provided as needed).

Memorial Day Weekend Cemetery Services

KINDLY NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO SMBT ZOOM SERVICE ON SUNDAY, MAY 30.

This Sunday, May 30 the San Mateo Buddhist Temple Sangha will resume our annual Memorial Day Weekend tradition of in-person outdoor cemetery services at the follow times and locations:

Schedule
Please click map links below for detailed locations.

9:30 a.m.     Skylawn Memorial Park (MAP)

10:10 a.m.     Golden Gate National Cemetery (MAP)

10:40 a.m.     Olivet Memorial Park (MAP)

11:00 a.m.     Japanese Cemetery in Colma (MAP)

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines for Outdoor Services

  • If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, please stay home.
  • Please wear a face covering at all times during the services.
  • Please maintain 6 feet of social distance from people not in your household.
  • Biodegradable disposal paper straws will be used for incense offering.
  • Please consider bringing your own chanting book/card for chanting Juseige (photocopies will be provided as needed).