Message from Bishop Marvin Harada
Letting go of our Attachments
Buddhism teaches a life of non-attachment. The opposite of non-attachment, is “attachment,” which leads to many problems in life. If we become attached to money, we become greedy and selfish, and will never be satisfied, no matter how wealthy we might become. We can become attached to relationships. When our children grow up, we have to let them go into the world and live their life. I remember when we took my daughter off to college. They had an orientation for the parents. They told us, “Please do not call your child every day after they start college.” I thought, some parents call their kids every day when they go off to college? When we lose a loved one through death, at some point we have to let go. We cannot remain in grief forever. We can become attached to the future. What will happen if they don’t find a cure for the virus? What will happen if the economy doesn’t come back? We can become attached to the past. We think, “I am never ever going to forgive so and so for what they did to me.” But, if we stop and think about it, who is the one who suffers when we hold on to bitterness about the past? We are the one who suffers.
Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter and in Opposition to Racism
Today we find ourselves in a time of deep unrest and pain. There is no justification for the killing of George Floyd, of Ahmaud Arbery, of Breonna Taylor. These and other countless racially motivated misuses of force against Black people are a travesty that must not continue. The pain and anguish of the Black community is resounding throughout the United States and the world, and is touching the hearts of many more people, including our own ministers and members. (click here to read rest of statement).
Welcome to the homepage for the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA)!
Welcome to the homepage for the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA)! The BCA is comprised of 59 churches and temples across the United States that belong to the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism. Using our “Temple Locator” button, you may learn that there is a church or temple near where you live. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our churches and temples are not holding in-person services, but are making service available online. For those of you who do not live near one of our churches or temples, please consider our “Individual membership.” Everyone who becomes an individual member will receive our monthly newspaper, the Wheel of Dharma, and a copy of Bishop Harada’s book, Discovering Buddhism in Everyday Life. Click the “Individual Membership Registration” button on this page. Follow me on Twitter @BCA_President for updates on what is happening in the BCA. Join us! Amida Buddha and the BCA welcome all who are interested.