Message from Bishop Marvin Harada
Reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
This month will be the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on August 6th and August 9th, 1945.
At the Orange County Buddhist Church, we have several survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. I have had very moving conversations with them about their experience that fateful day 75 years ago.
One of our members, Junji Sarashina, described to me that the blast knocked him completely flat on the ground on his face. Because his back was turned to the blast he wasn’t burned as badly as he could have been. He said that people didn’t even know what had hit them. No one knew what an atomic bomb was or how powerful it could be. People didn’t know the effects of radiation or anything. Parents who had missing children lost in the blast, went daily to the city trying to find their lost child. Every day that they went into the city, they became exposed to the radiation, and in a few days became sick and died.
BCA Obon Service this Sunday, August 16 at 10am
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).
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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.