Dharma School


The Dharma School term runs from September through June during the regular school year. Nearly 200 children from pre-school to high school attend the weekly Sunday services at 9:30 am. Dharma School classes immediately follow the Sunday Family Services.

The curriculum includes basic teachings of Buddhism, Shin Buddhism and fellowship using themes such as kindness, giving and compassion. Each year the Dharma School presents an annual Hanamatsuri program, usually a play that revolves around a Buddhist theme or historical event. In addition, the celebration of significant Buddhist dates, Open House and picnic are annual events.

The Buddhist Church of Sacramento Dharma School is an integral part of the mission of the Betsuin to propagate the teachings of Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. A large cadre of volunteer teachers and student teaching assistants lead age appropriate classes through unique and innovative curricula.

The major aim of the Dharma School program is that students be given the opportunities to develop self-awareness and integrate basic Buddhist concepts into their lives. With an understanding of the Buddha Dharma, students will be able to view life’s ups and downs through “Dharma Eyes” unclouded by the Three Poisons of Greed, Anger, and Ignorance.

A typical Sunday morning during the Dharma School term consists of Dharma School Service in the Hondo (Amida Hall) at 9:30 a.m. followed by class instruction and activities which conclude at 11:00 am. The school term usually spans from the Sunday after Labor Day until the annual picnic service in early-June.

Special services are held for specific Jodo Shinshu observations/holidays. A two-week break is taken during the Winter Holidays coinciding with school breaks. The Dharma School is not limited to church members. We encourage all interested families to visit during the term.

We also encourage adults to consider joining one of our teaching teams. It is fun and educational. If you are interested, contact the church office.