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"Buddha" literally means “awakened one.”

Over 2,500 years ago, the Buddha saw into the cause of human suffering and found a path to a happy and meaningful life. The path of Buddhism is the path to awakening or realization.  We awaken to our true self, which is one with all beings and all things.

Shin Buddhism is a non-monastic tradition founded by Shinran Shonin (1173-1263). Our main practice is listening to the teachings. It is a family-friendly path that all ages can participate in together. 

Anyone and anything can be a teacher to us, if we have the heart and mind to listen, to learn, and to receive.

Statue of Buddha


  • Temple Website Building Workshop
    Jul 31, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT
    Online Workshop
    Want to create or revamp your temple website? The BCA TOSC committee is hosting a website building workshop to guide temples on some easy steps that they can take to create or modernize their temple website.
  • The Essence of the Three Pure Land Sutras & How We Chant Them
    Aug 07, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
    Online Event
    In Jodo Shinshu, The Three Pure Land Sutras delivered by Shakyamuni Buddha are the scriptures which we rely on as our doctrinal basis. English translations of The Three Pure Land Sutras have been available; and now the romanized liturgical material has been published.
  • Ekoji Buddhist Temple Music and Arts Celebration and FUNdraiser
    Aug 07, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
    Online Event
    Join us Saturday, August 7, 6 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET for a music and arts celebration and temple fundraiser featuring the Musical Talents of our Ekoji Sangha, Live Origami Demo and Door Prizes!
  • BCA Virtual Obon Dance
    Aug 15, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
    Online Event
    Join us for a Zoom Obon Dance program featuring various temples across the BCA
  • Rennyo's Contribution to Hongwanji Thought
    Aug 21, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT
    In this seminar, we will learn about the life of Rennyo and his propagation methods, which may provide some hints to the American Shinshū community today.
  • Hawaii State Federation of Honpa Hongwanji Lay Associations 58th Annual Convention with speaker Rick Stambul
    Rick Stambul will ask you to be courageous in your thinking – to dare to see a Shin Buddhist path that calls out to you to confront the anti-Asian racism and hate that we find in 21st century America. Exactly how can we use love, and not hate, to confront this racism and elevate ourselves.


BCA is comprised of over 60 Shin Buddhist communities across the United States.

Most temple locations remain closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, but may offer livestream services, videos, Zoom discussions, and other activities online. Search for a Buddhist temple near you or browse any temple's digital offerings to learn more.


"If one walks looking far ahead and pays no attention to the ground beneath his feet, he will stumble.  If one gazes critically upon others and forgets to look into himself, he will bring tragedy upon himself. " 

Rennyo Shonin