Dharma School

The Dharma School, for ages Pre-K – 12th grade, provides an enjoyable introduction to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Class activities 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

A recent Dharma talk for Dharma School Students

Posts about Dharma School

  • Right Conduct: The Powerful Act of Bowing
    April 18 The fourth aspect of the Eightfold Path, Right Conduct is to act in a way that is peaceful, kind and compassionate. Joining one’s hands in gassho, bowing, and placing offerings before the Buddha are part of our daily practice of Right Conduct. This week’s Dharma talk will consider how these simple acts have the power […]
  • Hanamatsuri Buddha’s Birthday Service
    April 11, 2021 Guest Speaker (English) Rev. Dr. Jeff Wilson Toronto Buddhist Church 日本語の御講師 攝受弘宣先生 惠光寺(ドイツ) EKŌ-Haus (Germany) View Post Under these extraordinary circumstances, we invite you to join us from the safety and comfort of your own home for an online Hanamatsuri Buddha’s Birthday Service via the Zoom Meeting internet program on Sunday, April 11, 2021 […]
  • Right Speech: The Words of Lady Takeko Kujo
    April 4 The third aspect of the Eightfold Path, Right Speech is to speak honestly and compassionately.  This week we will reflect upon the words of Lady Takeko Kujo who practiced right speech to advocate for the poor and oppressed people of her time. Schedule8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise9:30 a.m. Dharma Service10:30 a.m. […]

Family-Friendly Dharma School Service Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

All are welcome!

2020-2021 San Mateo Buddhist Temple Dharma School Outline

  

September Major Service: Autumn Ohigan

2020/9/13

The First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma

2020/9/20

Autumn Ohigan Service (Guest Speaker: Rev. Diana Thompson)

2020/9/27

The Truth of Suffering: Birth

  

October Major Service:  Eshinni Kakushinni Memorial Service

2020/10/4

Pet & Plant Memorial

2020/10/11

The Truth of Suffering: Aging

2020/10/18

Eshinni Kakushinni Memorial (Guest Speaker: Rev. Nobuko Miyoshi)

2020/10/25

SMBT 110 Year Anniversary Service via Zoom

  

November Major Service: Eitaikyo Perpetual Memorial

2020/11/1

Halloween Party

2020/11/8

Veteran’s Day Service/The Truth of Suffering: Illness

The Spanish Flu Pandemic during WWI

2020/11/15

Eitaikyo Memorial (Guest Speaker)

2020/11/22

The Truth of Suffering: Death

2020/11/29

The Truth of Suffering: Separation from that which we love

  

December Major Service: Bodhi Day

2020/12/6

Bodhi Day

2020/12/13

The Truth of Suffering: Contact with that which we dislike

2020/12/20

The Truth of Suffering: Not getting what we want

  

January Major Service: Hoonko (Shinran Shonin’s Memorial Service)

2021/1/3

The Truth of Suffering: Suffering is hard-wired into our thinking

2021/1/10

Hoonko Shinran Memorial (Guest Speaker)

2021/1/17

Sangha Speaker Juliet Bost “MLK Day: A Jodo Shinshu Reflection.”

2021/1/24

The Truth of Why We Suffer: Clinging

2021/1/31

The Truth of Why We Suffer: Anger

  

February Major Service: Nirvana Day

2021/2/7

The Truth of Why We Suffer: Ignorance

2021/2/14

The Truth of Liberation from Suffering: Liberation on the Other Shore

2021/2/21

The Truth of Liberation from Suffering: Liberation in this Lifetime

2021/2/28

BCA Eitaikyo Service

  
  

March Major Service: Spring Ohigan

  

2021/3/7

Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day)/The Truth of the Path: Sujata’s Gift and the Middle Way

2021/3/14

The Truth of the Path: Right View

2021/3/21

Spring Ohigan Service (Guest Speaker)

2021/3/28

The Truth of the Path: Right Thought

  

April Major Service: Hanamatsuri (Sakyamuni Buddha’s Birthday)

2021/4/4

The Truth of the Path: Right Speech

2021/4/11

Hanamatsuri Service (Guest Speaker)

2021/4/18

The Truth of the Path: Right Action

2021/4/25

The Truth of the Path: Right Livelihood

  

May Major Service: Gotan-e (Shinran Shonin’s Birthday)

2021/5/2

The Truth of the Path: Right Effort

2021/5/9

Parent’s Day and Hatsumairi

2021/5/16

The Truth of the Path: Right Mindfulness

2021/5/23

Gotan-e Shinran’s Birthday (Guest Speaker)

2021/5/30

The Truth of the Path: Right Concentration

  

 June: End of Dharma School Year

2021/6/6

Good friends on the Path

2021/6/13

The Path of the Nembutsu