Welcome to the Buddhist Churches of America Homepage! Whether you are a visitor looking to learn about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism or a long-time member at one of our 60 temples across the country, we invite you to explore the online home of our BCA community. With churches and temples throughout the United States, we offer many exciting and educational programs for all ages. Founded over 110 years ago by pioneering Japanese immigrants, our Sanghas are vibrant communities embracing people from many walks of life. What brings us together is the desire to live our lives in the spirit of Amida Buddha – the Buddha of immeasurable Wisdom and Compassion. The spirit of Amida Buddha touches all people and gives us the courage to live our lives with peace. We hope you will find the resources and information you seek here. BCA Mission Statement: TO PROMOTE THE BUDDHA, DHARMA, AND SANGHA as well as TO PROPAGATE THE JODO SHINSHU TEACHINGS.
Message from the BCA President
On behalf of the Buddhist Churches of America, I am honored to welcome you to the BCA website. The Buddhist Churches of America is the oldest and largest Buddhist Organization of temples and churches in the United States. We began in America 120 years ago, and we have grown to 60 temples and churches located throughout the United States.
All of us in BCA share a common wish…that BCA provide a foundation for the propagation of Shin Buddhism in America. Jodo Shinshu or Shin Buddhism began in Japan with our venerated founder, Shinran Shonin (1173-1263 CE). We are the keepers and the trustees of that wish: To preserve our Shin Buddhist teachings for our children, our grandchildren, and for future generations. Join us in keeping this wish alive.
Encountering the Buddha
In the beginningless, endless flow of time, you meet the Buddha but once.
Therefore, discard your worldly attachments and receive the Dharma.
We are all sinking in the sea of suffering and our deprived minds tremble in fear.
But the Buddha with his compassion shows us the Realm of Purity.
In each ray of light, innumerable Buddhas reside, who by countless means work tirelessly to save us all.