Weekly Services

Overview

Services

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.

Following the service, the Dharma School Classes are held for students to learn more about the Dharma.  Open enrollment is held in September at the start of each school term.  If you would like to add your student mid-term, please contact the office.

Also immediately following the service, a 10:30 discussion session will be held.  There usually a brief Buddhist topic or writing presented, then discussed with the instructor.  These sessions are much smaller and more informal so we recommend all guests to attend.  The session usually lasts about 30 minutes.

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First Time Visitors

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 9:30 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.