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 (new site) TO PROMOTE THE BUDDHA, DHARMA, AND SANGHA as well as TO PROPAGATE THE JODO SHINSHU TEACHINGS.


Statement on the High School Shooting in Parkland, Florida

Another very sad and terrible tragedy has occurred; another mass shooting, this time at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We would like to express our deepest sympathy to all family members and friends of the victims of the shooting. We express our hope for the recovery of the injured.

As we reflect on our human condition as seen through the eyes of Infinite Wisdom and Compassion, we come to realize that anyone can be a victim of such a tragedy, and at the same time, anyone can be the one who attacks others out of anger and rage. We all wish that this should not happen again, yet similar acts keep occurring.

Thus, out of great sorrow, the Buddha of Infinite Wisdom and Compassion wishes for all of us to live our lives with a more profound realization of our own deep ignorance. Let us continue to hear the urging call coming from the Realm of True Caring and Love known as the Pure Land, and actively share the Nembutsu teaching with everyone

Namo Amida Butsu,
Rev. Kodo Umezu
Bishop, Buddhist Churches of America


The Harmony of Human Community

Imagine a country lying in absolute darkness with many living beings blindly rushing around. Naturally they will be frightened and lonely as they run about without recognizing one another. Then let us imagine that suddenly a superior person with a torch appears and everything around becomes bright and clear. The living beings find great relief as they look about, recognize one another, and happily share their companionship. When the world of human life lies in the darkness of ignorance, those who have no light of wisdom in their minds wander in loneliness and fear. They do not know how to associate with their fellow humans in peaceful harmony, and they are naturally miserable and afraid. “A superior person with a torch” refers to Buddha assuming human form, and by his wisdom and compassion he illuminates the world. In this light, people find themselves as well as others and are glad to establish human fellowship and harmonious relations. Thousands of people may live in a community, but it is not one of real fellowship until they know each other and have sympathy for one another. A true community has faith and wisdom that illuminate it. A true community is a place where the people know and trust one another and where there is social harmony; it is harmony that gives life and meaning to every community. Paraphrased from The Teaching of Buddha, chapter two.



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