Buddhist Churches of America is an incorporated non-profit religious corporation of American Shin Buddhists situated within the continental United States. BCA is affiliated with the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji ha denomination located in Kyoto, Japan.
BCA is governed by members of the Shin Buddhist faith through the BCA Executive Committee composed of the BCA Bishop, the BCA President, the Ministerial Association Chairperson, plus five lay national officers. The Executive Committee reports to the BCA National Board which meets twice each year. The National Board is composed of the Executive Committee, as well as lay and ministerial board members all duly elected and appointed to represent BCA’s eight district councils throughout the United States. The BCA National Council meets annually and is composed of lay and ministerial members from all of BCA’s 60 member temples and churches. The BCA President presides over the Executive Committee, the National Board, and the National Council. The BCA Bishop is the spiritual head of our organization.