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.


 

BCA Mission Statement

TO PROMOTE THE BUDDHA, DHARMA, AND SANGHA as well as TO PROPAGATE THE JODO SHINSHU TEACHINGS.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
As we greet the new year, I wish to thank each of you for your continued support, gen-erosity, and encouragement. Together, let us continue to share Namo Amida Butsu in our daily lives. Greetings are important in our daily life. We greet one another in the morning, during the day, and at the end of the day.

Greetings are exchanged between two or more people. When and if we are greeted by someone, we naturally acknowledge them and respond with our own greetings.

Likewise, Namo Amida Butsu is the calling and greeting from our True and Real Home. When we hear and recognize this greeting, we naturally respond with Namo Amida Butsu in appreciation.

Shinran Shonin clearly stated in Shoshinge that the real purpose of our life is to hear the calling coming from the Realm of Nirvana. Until we hear and receive it, we will not be able to find true satisfaction and fulfillment.

He also said that by reciting the Name, Namo Amida Butsu constantly, we will be able to encounter the caring and loving heart of Amida within the Name.

Let us together continue to recite the Name and listen to the true meaning of the Name by conducting daily services at home and attending services at temple and church through-out the year 2017.

Gassho,
Reverend Kodo Umezu, Bishop
Buddhist Churches of America


 

The Harmony of Human Community

Imagine a country lying in absolute darkness with many living beings blindly rushing around. Naturally they will be frightened and lonely as they run about without recognizing one another.

Then let us imagine that suddenly a superior person with a torch appears and everything around becomes bright and clear. The living beings find great relief as they look about, recognize one another, and happily share their companionship.

When the world of human life lies in the darkness of ignorance, those who have no light of wisdom in their minds wander in loneliness and fear. They do not know how to associate with their fellow humans in peaceful harmony, and they are naturally miserable and afraid.

“A superior person with a torch” refers to Buddha assuming human form, and by his wisdom and compassion he illuminates the world. In this light, people find themselves as well as others and are glad to establish human fellowship and harmonious relations.

Thousands of people may live in a community, but it is not one of real fellowship until they know each other and have sympathy for one another. A true community has faith and wisdom that illuminate it. A true community is a place where the people know and trust one another and where there is social harmony; it is harmony that gives life and meaning to every community.

Paraphrased from The Teaching of Buddha, chapter two.


 

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Rev. David Matsumoto – Provost and Dean, Institute of Buddhist Studies
Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara – Director, Buddhist Churches of America: Hongwanji Office
Rev. Marvin Harada – Executive Assistant to the Bishop, Buddhist Churches of America