Get Involved

Buddhist Education Committee – The Buddhist Education Committee coordinates the religious activities of the Temple. Each member of the committee represents an important part of the Temple by scheduling, preparing, identifying volunteers and introducing new ideas and programs. Any interested member of the Temple may participate in the committee meetings.
You can learn more about the Buddhist Education Committee by contacting smbt@sanmateobuddhisttemple.org

BWA – The BWA is a social and work group that supports the Temple activities such as otoki, bazaar, picnic, and chicken bento fundraiser. We also support the Dharma School financially. We have a new members party, an annual excursion, and end of year luncheon. Meetings are the first Sunday of the month at 11:30 am. Membership is open to anyone interested in joining.
To learn more about BWA please contact smbtbwa@gmail.com

Cub Scouts Pack 700 – Cub Scout Pack 700 serves as one of the oldest Boy Scouts of America Packs in San Mateo, chartered by San Mateo Buddhist Temple. Pack 700 aims to prepare youth with outdoor and leadership skills for girls and boys ages 6 -11 years old. Activities include hiking, service projects, and Pinewood Derby, and meetings are held monthly at the Temple.
If you are interested in joining please contact smbt@sanmateobuddhisttemple.org

Dharma School – The mission of the Dharma School, for ages Pre-K – 12th grade, is to provide an enjoyable introduction to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Class activities also include crafts, skits, parties, games, and more. Classes are taught by volunteer teachers, under the guidance of the Temple minister. Dharma School year runs from September through June, but we welcome new families to our Temple and Dharma School at any time of the year.
To learn more about Dharma School please contact smbtdharmaschool@gmail.com

Girl Scout Troop 32704 – Troop 32704 is a volunteer-run program whose goal is to develop in girls the confidence, resilience, leadership, and sisterhood to make the world a better place. We are open to all girls regardless of temple membership. For 2020-21, we are running 5th grade, upper middle, and upper high school units. Volunteers are welcome to recruit and to lead units in other grade levels.
You can learn more about Troop 32704 by contacting girlscouttroop32704@gmail.com

Hui Hula – Under the direction of Kumu Hula Debra Leiolani Garcia, the main purpose of the group is to perpetuate the culture of Hawai’i and the art of hula (Hawaiian dance). Our Gracious Ladies classes are taught Friday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30pm. Haumana (students) are taught basic hula movements used in hula ‘auana (modern hula). The group does not participate competitions, shows, or other events unless approved by the Kumu. Membership is open to women that have at least 2 years of current hula experience and do not belong to any other hula halau (school).
You can learn more about Hui Hula by contacting gkkanomata@gmail.com

Taiko  – The San Mateo Buddhist Temple Taiko’s purpose is to introduce and teach the history and technique of Japanese Taiko drumming and provide entertainment for temple and other community functions. Anyone age 5 and up can join the group.
To learn more about San Mateo Buddhist Temple Taiko please contact lisakai26@gmail.com