Welcome to the Buddhist Church of Sacramento

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Our Temple has been in Sacramento since 1899 and is the second-oldest Jodo Shinshu Temple in the United States. All are welcome to visit and become members of our Sangha to learn and to be a part of our community.

We offer a meditation session at 8:30 am every Sunday preceding the weekly Dharma service that starts at 9:30-10:15 am. 

After service, you are welcome to join the minister in a casual Q&A session to learn more about Buddhism in an interactive setting, or enjoy light refreshments in the courtyard where you can meet other Sangha members. 

Our temple offers Dharma School for children from preschool to high school. We also have free monthly Buddhist Education classes taught by our ministers and guest lecturers. 

Our sect of Buddhism, Jodo Shinshu, was founded by Shinran Shonin (1173-1263). Shinran worked to present the teachings of Buddha to all people with a practical approach that fit with their daily lives. Shinran taught that Buddhism was for everyone; you did not need to endure a lifetime of grueling monastic practices in order to reap the benefits of the teachings.

Today we celebrate the teachings – the “Dharma” – as we work to settle our minds and develop a deep sense of gratitude for all we have in life.

I hope you will join us for Sunday services or visit our temple for our annual events such as Sakura Matsuri in March, Obon in July, and our cultural bazaar in August. 

In Gassho (with palms pressed reverently together),

Stuart Ito
President, Board of Trustees, 2019

Buddhist Church of Sacramento