Welcome to the Buddhist Churches of America Homepage!

Whether you are a visitor looking to learn about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism or a long-time member at one of our 60 temples across the country, we invite you to explore the online home of our BCA community.

With churches and temples throughout the United States, we offer many exciting and educational programs for all ages. Founded over 110 years ago by pioneering Japanese immigrants, our Sanghas are vibrant communities embracing people from many walks of life. What brings us together is the desire to live our lives in the spirit of Amida Buddha – the Buddha of immeasurable Wisdom and Compassion.

The spirit of Amida Buddha touches all people and gives us the courage to live our lives with peace.  We hope you will find the resources and information you seek here.

“Our thoughts of sympathy and concern go out to the people of Southern Japan at this time of tragedy. May they find spiritual strength in the Nembutsu to live through this difficult time of loss and natural disaster.

As we respond to the call from Hongwanji, we must remember that tragedies and natural disasters happen constantly all over the world.  Let us remember that we are part of the world community and should be willing to help at all times and in all situations.  We ask that your temple or church be mindful of people everywhere.  We want to encourage you to support not only this effort, but to engage in social welfare efforts in your communities as well.”


Thank you for your kindness and consideration.


Bishop Kodo Umezu, Buddhist Churches of America



BCA Mission Statement




“Wherever the Buddha travels, be it country, province, town, or village, there is no place which does not benefit from his virtue. Peace and harmony reign throughout the land. The sun and the moon shine brightly, the wind and rain are timely, and no disaster or disease ever occurs. The land is prosperous and the people live in peace, so there is no need to use soldiers and weapons. People respect virtue, cultivate benevolence, and diligently observe propriety and humility.”

The Sutra on the Buddha of Immeasurable Life




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