The Buddhist Church of Sacramento Dharma School is an integral part of the mission of the Betsuin to propagate the teachings of Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. Under the guidance and active participation of Rinban Bob Oshita and Reverend Peter Inokoji-Kim,program has continued to thrive in recent years with a student enrollment around 350 children from nursery school through high school. A large cadre of volunteer teachers and student teaching assistants lead age appropriate classes through unique and innovative curricula. The major aim of the Dharma School program is that students be given the opportunities to develop self-awareness and integrate basic Buddhist concepts into their lives. With an understanding of the Buddha Dharma, students will be able to view life's ups and downs through "Dharma Eyes" unclouded by the Three Poisons of Greed, Anger, and Ignorance.
A typicalduring the Dharma School term consists of Dharma School Service in the Hondo (Amida Hall) followed by class instruction and activities. The term usually spans from the Sunday after Labor Day until the annual picnic service in mid-June. Special services are held for special Jodo Shinshu observations/holidays, and a two week break is observed during the Winter Holidays to coincide with school breaks. The Dharma School is open to any interested family, not just Betsuin members, and we encourage any interested families to visit during the term. We also encourage adults to consider joining one of our teaching teams, it is fun and educational! If you are interested, just leave contact information at the Betsuin office and we will be glad to contact you.
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