Weekly Services

Overview

Protocol for In-Person Services
In-Person Services Begin Sept. 12, 2021

We are pleased to announce that beginning Sunday, September 12, 2021, all Sunday Dharma Services will be held in-person in the church kaikan beginning at 9:00 am.  We will continue to broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube.

BETSUIN OFFICE HOURS–Beginning Sunday, Sept. 12, the Betsuin Office will be open on Sundays from 8:30 - 10:30 am, except while the service is in session.

Monthly Shotsuki Hoyo services will be held in-person at 10:00 am on the first Sunday of each month, with the exception of the September Shotsuki Hoyo service which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 12. These services will continue to be broadcasted live on the church’s Facebook page for those who still want to participate virtually.

Also, beginning Sunday, October 3, at 10:15 am, Dharma School classes will be held virtually on Zoom on first and third Sundays of each month.

We will continue to follow safety protocols for all in-person services:

NOTE the start time of the service is 9:00 AM. Please arrive early for check-in.

  • Services will be held in the Kaikan with seating properly spaced apart.  Families may be seated together.
  • Proof of COVID vaccinations (vaccination card or electronic record) must be presented at the door for entry.
  • Unvaccinated children under 12 years old may accompany their vaccinated parents/guardians to the service.
  • MANDATORY wearing of masks by all attendees (masks will be available for those who do not have them).
  • Adhere to social distancing while in the Kaikan and Temple.
  • Hand sanitizers will be provided at the entrances to the facilities.
  • No Service Book will be provided (Please bring your Seiten Books)
  • No food or refreshments will be allowed in Kaikan.
  • No food or refreshments will be served prior to or after Service.

Please note that in-person services are subject to cancellation if county/CDC guidelines change or if it becomes too risky for the safety and health of our Sangha members to continue with indoor gatherings. 

In the event of a change, we will post the updates on our website, Facebook page, and send a message out to our email list.  We hope to see you soon!

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First Time Visitors
Welcome!

The Buddhist Church of Sacramento welcomes all guests and visitors.  If you are visiting for the first time, there are “Temple Greeters” that can help get you situated.  And if you have a question, ask someone sitting near you, we would love to help you out.  There aren’t too many rituals that you have to be familiar with, so don’t worry about making a mistake.  There is usually a “discussion session” immediately following most services where you can ask questions.   We hope you enjoy attending our Sunday service.

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Sunday Service Format

Family Dharma service begins at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. At the entrance of our temple there are greeters who welcome the Sangha (Congregation) and guests are encouraged to sign our guest list and inform the greeters you are new to the temple. All are welcome to attend. Sunday casual attire is appropriate.

We begin with the ringing of the “Kansho” bell which is the call to service. This is a time to settle down and clear our minds to prepare for service. Cell phones and electronic devices are silenced and put away.