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

  • Dharma School Awards Ceremony & the Path of the Nembutsu (June 13)
    As we conclude another school year of extraordinary challenges met, Rev. Adams will share reflections on the important role that good Dharma friends play in our journey through life together on the path of the Nembutsu. Schedule8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting9:00 a.m. Taiso Morning Exercise9:30 a.m. Dharma Service10:30 a.m. Dharma Discussion To join us for this online Dharma […]
  • Right Concentration: The Settled Mind (June 6)
    Featured image: Sangha member Ben Tsutaoka concentrating on his work at the 2019 SMBT Mochitsuki We live in a world where we are bombarded all day long by sights, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings and opinions vying for our attention.  How can we settle our minds on the the great matter of liberation from suffering in the cycle birth and […]
  • Gotan-e Shinran Shonin’s Birthday Service
    May 23, 2021 Guest Speaker (English) Rev. Dr. Enrique Galvan-Alvarez Shin Buddhist Fellowship-United Kingdom 日本語の御講師 今田法翔先生 山東三州仏教会 Denver Tri-State Buddhist Temple Under these extraordinary circumstances, we invite you to join us from the safety and comfort of your own home for an online Gotan-e Shinran Shonin’s Birthday Service via the Zoom Meeting internet program on Sunday, May […]

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)

  
  

 June: End of Dharma School Year

2021/6/6

The Truth of the Path: Right Concentration

2021/6/13

The Path of the Nembutsu