Message from Bishop Marvin Harada
The Light from a Star
For many years I had the great fortune of serving with Rev. Akio Miyaji, who is now retired and living in Japan. Often in his funeral sermons, Rev. Miyaji used to share a true story about an experience he had many years ago while serving at the Seattle Betsuin. While serving there, he had to conduct a very sad and tragic funeral for a young Japanese couple who were both killed in a car accident while traveling to go skiing. This couple had a young son, only 7 or 8 years of age. The boy survived the accident, but the parents didn’t. After the funeral service, the little boy went up to Rev. Miyaji and asked him the question, “Where did my parents go? Where are my parents now?” Such a sad and difficult question to answer to a young child who had lost both of his parents.
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)!
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. In 2020, we hope to have our “Virtual membership” system in place so that you can become a member of the BCA even if you live far away from any of our temples. Follow me on Twitter @BCA_President for weekly updates on what is happening in the BCA. On this page, you will find a listing of events taking place across the country dealing with our Jodo Shinshu teachings. You may find something interesting that is taking place near you. Join us! Amida Buddha and the BCA welcome all who are interested.