About Shin Buddhism

This section will give you a brief introduction to our sect of Buddhism. There are also some fundamental teachings associated with Jodo Shinshu (Shin Buddhism). For more information please visit our temple and attend our discussion sessions after Sunday Dharma Service.

Jodo Shinshu Buddhism

Jodo Shinshu (Shin Buddhism) is a sect of Buddhism which means, “Pureland” Buddhism, and was founded by Shinran Shonin (1173 – 1263).   The Pureland is not a literal place, it is a state of existence that is free of ego and selfish desires. Shinran’s parents both died before he was the age of 9, and he became a monk at the Tendai temple on Mount Hiei. He studied there for 20 years, and was one of the most devout and dedicated followers.  But he was not closer to discovering the meaning of life that he sought, so after 2 decades he left in persuit of something different.



Each Sunday, beginning at 9:30 AM, a Family Service is held for all ages to attend.  Please check the calendar as the schedule will vary.  We take a short break from Sunday services from the second week of August, and resume on the second week of September.


Special Services

Special services, held to recognize or commemorate significant events for Buddhists, often feature guest ministers from other churches. The dates are normally on the Sunday closest to the actual date. Please check the calendar or call the temple office for date and time.