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

  • Letting Go and Carrying On
    January 24 As we mark this moment of great transition in our society, let us reflect on the Second Noble Truth taught by the Buddha: clinging to objects, experiences, and views creates problems for ourselves and the people around us. Schedule8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise9:30 a.m. Dharma Service10:30 a.m. Japanese Language Service 日本語法要 […]
  • Sangha Speaker Juliet Bost “MLK Day: A Jodo Shinshu Reflection”
    San Mateo Buddhist Women’s Association Corresponding Secretary Juliet Bost shares her appreciation of the Dharma with a talk entitled “MLK Day: A Jodo Shinshu Reflection.” Transcript Please join me in Gassho. “Primal Vow: If, when I attain Buddhahood, sentient beings in the lands of the ten directions who sincerely and joyfully entrust themselves to me, desire to […]
  • Young Adult & Youth Sangha-led Dharma Service
    January 17 We welcome you to join us from the comfort and safety of your own home for our San Mateo Buddhist Temple Zoom Dharma Service on Sunday, January 17.  This Sunday our service will be led by our Young Adult and Youth Sangha members.  San Mateo Buddhist Women’s Association Corresponding Secretary Juliet Bost will share a […]

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

The Truth of the Path: 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