Message from the Bishop
As we welcome the year 2019, I wish you a very Happy New Year under the guiding light of Amida Tathagata. Let us continue to listen to the Compassionate Vow of Amida Buddha.
Shinran Shonin truly appreciated the karmic conditions that led him to the Nembutsu teaching. As we reflect on our own life journey, I am sure each of us has a person or people who influenced us to hear the dharma. They might be our parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, friends, ministers, or historical figures. Whoever they might be, let us express our deepest appreciation to ones who have brought us to the teaching.
Welcome Message from the BCA President for the BCA Web Site
On behalf of all the members of the Buddhist Churches of America, welcome to our BCA web site. BCA is the oldest and largest Buddhist Organization of temples and churches in the United States. We began in America 120 years ago. It has received support and guidance from a great many people. Reflecting for a moment on the first Kaikyoshi ministers (overseas teachers) who landed on our shores in 1899, on our founders, ministers, leaders, and friends, we all share a common wish…that BCA provide a foundation for the propagation of Shin Buddhism in America.
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.
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.
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.