Dharma Service at the Tanforan Memorial (April 28)


On Sunday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. the San Mateo Buddhist Temple Sangha welcomes you to join us for an outdoor Dharma Service at the Tanforan Memorial in San Bruno. (MAP)

Significance of this date: the Tanforan Assembly Center opened on April 28th, 1942, exactly 82 years ago. We hope Sangha members will join this meaningful service.

If you arrive at 9:30, please take the opportunity to visit the Photo Gallery inside the San Bruno BART station. The memorial, where we will have service, is directly in front of BART station.

There is plenty of free parking on Sunday the at San Bruno BART station.

Day of Remembrance: Michiko’s Story & Panel Discussions

Sunday, February 18 at 9:30 a.m.

We warmly welcome you to join us in-person at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple on Sunday, February 18 at 9:30 a.m. for a special documentary premiere highlighting San Mateo Buddhist Temple member Michiko Mukai’s childhood experience of the incarceration camps during WWII.  Following the film, we will have a series of panel discussion with temple members reflecting on their families’ experiences of the incarceration camps.

8:30 a.m. Shoshinge Sofu Chanting (click here for chanting text)
9:00 a.m. Mindfulness Meditation
9:30 a.m. Dharma Service and viewing of “Michiko’s Childhood Story in Internment Camps and Beyond”
(End of Zoom Livestream)

In order to encourage free and open sharing, the Q&A panels will be in-person only:        
Panel: Michiko Mukai, Kevin Mukai, Wesley Mukai, and Katie Mukai
Panel: Steve Okamoto, Ritsuko Furuya, and Mike Yoshimoto

(In person attendees are encouraged to join us for an luncheon in the Social Hall following the program.

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

Reflections on Living in the Nembutsu

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

7:00 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Seigen


Bishop Emeritus

Buddhist Churches of America

We welcome you to join us for an evening of conversation and Dharma sharing with a lifelong teacher who has inspired generations of seekers on the path of the Nembutsu.

We welcome you to join us via Zoom Meeting from the comfort and safety of your own home on Wednesday, December 1 for this Dharma session.

To join us for this online Dharma Session, CLICK HERE and sign up for “Study Classes and Seminars”. To protect the privacy of online participants and encourage free and open discussion, this session will not be recorded.

Featured image above: Rev. Dr. Seigen Yamaoka is shown with other Buddhist Study Center members in the 1950s. In front, from left, are: Rev Keisho Motoyama, Rev. Dr. William Masuda, Mr. Matsuo, Mr. Noboru Hanyu, and Rev. Hakushi Futaba. In back, from left, are: Rev. Dr. Yamaoka, Rev. Dr. Leslie Kawamura, Rev. Kanmo Imamura, Bishop Rev. Enryo Shigefuji, Rev. Dr. Taitetsu Unno, and Mr. Albert Kosakura. Not shown is member Rev. John Doami. (Courtesy of Berkeley Buddhist Temple)

Letter from Bishop Koyu Uchida to the House Committee on Immigration and Naturalization

Japanese Immigration: Hearings before the Committee on Immigration and Naturalization, House of Representatives, Sixty-Sixth Congress, Second Session, July 12, 13 and 14, 1920, Part 1, Hearings at San Francisco and Sacramento, California, page 576