National Organization

The Bud­dhist Churches of Amer­ica (BCA) is an incor­po­rated reli­gious orga­ni­za­tion of Amer­i­can Shin Bud­dhist affil­i­ated with the Jodo Shin­shu Hongwanji-ha Hong­wanji denom­i­na­tion within the Con­ti­nen­tal United States.

The BCA is gov­erned by Amer­i­cans of the Shin Bud­dhist faith through a Board of Direc­tors com­prised of the Bishop, the Board Pres­i­dent, the Min­is­te­r­ial Asso­ci­a­tion Chair­per­son, district-elected Board mem­bers, Board members-at-large and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the rec­og­nized BCA-affiliated organization.

The Amer­i­can Shin Bud­dhists within the State of Hawaii have a sep­a­rate juris­dic­tion and admin­is­tra­tion because of the his­tor­i­cal sep­a­ra­tion at the time of its found­ing since the King­dom of Hawaii was not a part of the United States. The Jodo Shin­shu Hongwanji-ha denom­i­na­tion is orga­nized as the Honpa Hong­wanji Mis­sion of Hawaii , head­quar­tered at 1727 Pali High­way, Hon­olulu, Hawaii 96813.

The Bud­dhist Churches of Amer­ica national head­quar­ters serves as a regional cen­ter of the World Fel­low­ship of Bud­dhists and is a sup­port­ing mem­ber of the World Con­fer­ence on Reli­gion and Peace (WCRP).